Monthly Archives: May 2014

oaCapture 0.0.6 release imminent

I’m just about done with this release now. I have the source distribution sorted and am now just sorting out the builds for the binaries, then we should be good to go.

There are some fixes for niggling bugs in the ASI and QHY camera handling in this release, but the two main changes are the start of integration with GNU autotools for configuration/building and the ability to build on OSX. I’ve tested on Mavericks and my ASI120 works fine with the “compatible” firmware release from the ZWO website (which currently requires Windows to upload to the camera) and the QHY5 and QHY5L-IIm both work.

oaCapture 0.0.5 released

Well, I’ve done as much testing as I can face, if not as much as I’d like to have done. Managing 50-ish virtual machines and a couple of desktops booting into five different OS releases has got the better of me though and I just want this one out of the door now.

The major addition for this release is the majority of the support for the QHY5L-II. I only have the mono version of the camera, so I can’t be certain that colour works.

In addition there’s a new camera controls dialog and the “private” controls for the SPC900 are implemented. The major changes are listed here.

There are now two versions of each of the 32-bit and 64-bit binary releases to handle differences in libraries in the base distributions. Distributions based on Ubuntu 12.04 such as Mint 13 and DistroAstro have their own binaries. Unfortunately it appears for the time being that these releases may not support the SPC900 properly.

The major task for the next release is to port the entire application to OSX and get it working on a MacBook Pro. The current sources build though they don’t work correctly. I’m hopeful that it should be possible to get the QHY5, QHY5L-II and ASI cameras all working on OSX however. I’m also hoping to make a start on support for filter wheels.