Seeing Monitor Software

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  1. THouse

    THouse Cyanogen Customer

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    Will any new software be offered for the Seeing Monitor?
    What is offered now works but its from 2007, seems like its been left behind.

    An example of being left behind is, the software installs fine on XP but it's over 10 years old and not supported
    Win7 requires you run as admin once so it works and Win 8.1 I had to turn off UAC to install and run.

    Just wondering,

    Tom
     
  2. Doug

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    This is something we will be looking at.
     
  3. THouse

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    Great, thanks for the quick reply.

    Tom
     
  4. THouse

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    I've been getting this error for, oh, 6 + years now whenever I try to FTP the seeing file while the unit is running. Timing deal probably but still.

    "Error attempting to open file. Make sure the device door is closed and the destination disk is formatted and free of errors"

    I have to use FTP after the unit has stopped collecting data. None of the other FTP's do this (weather station, cloud watcher, ASC to name a few) just the trusty Seeing monitor. I stopped asking for help a few years ago, figured I'll try again.

    Any ideas,

    Tom
     
  5. THouse

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    Bump
    This is why I stopped asking for help, the more things change the more they stay the same...

    Happens at least 3 times a week unless I don't FTP during the night. Talked to Wodowski years ago about it, no resolution.

    Tom
     
  6. Doug

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    I've looked into the status of the original software. Ron Wodaski wrote it, I am told. We don't have the source code for it.
     
  7. THouse

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    If you don't have the source code does that mean you will produce new control software for the seeing monitor?

    Tom
     
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    We've asked Ron if he can provide the source code.
     
  9. THouse

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    Did Ron ever get you the source code? Just doing the bump up.

    Tom
     
  10. THouse

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    Bump again,

    Tom
     
  11. THouse

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    And another bump...
     
  12. Dave Goodyear

    Dave Goodyear Cyanogen Customer

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    I'll bump it for you too :p
     
  13. Doug

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    We did locate code for an old release, which lacks many of the features in the current software. So we still have no way to maintain the code.

    Sorry, I'm not sure how this came to pass, as it was before our tenure.
     
  14. THouse

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    Okay, understand. Is anything going to happen with the software? Is this a case of the previous maker did it (SBIG) so sorry your SOL, I apologize, but this is what its starting to feel like.

    Tom
     
  15. Doug

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    Yes, I'm afraid that is the situation. At this point the software would have to be rewritten.
     
  16. Mike Marinos

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    Will you share the code for the "old" release? I need to move two of these monitors off Windows unto a Linux box. Primarily I need the camera setup and commands for the TDI exposures as customized for this application.

    Thanks,
     
  17. Doug

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    I've had a closer look at what we have. Prior to Aplegen closing down Alan was working on an ST-I based version of the seeing monitor, which was never released by SBIG. Unfortunately it works in a completely different way and doesn't use TDI. So it will not work with the ST-402 based seeing monitor. This is the only source code we have.

    It appears that Ron Wodaski never shared the original seeing monitor source code with SBIG. If he did not keep it then it is lost and would have to be rebuilt from scratch.

    If you would like to do that, the API for operating SBIG cameras, including TDI mode, is available on our web site. The operating principles of the original seeing monitor is described here:

    https://web.archive.org/web/20070614084316/http://www.sbig.com/sbwhtmls/online.htm

    I'm sorry we can't help more. This all happened a decade before we came on the scene.
     

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