Maestro PC-based SkyWalker interface (client) software:
Note: The latest version of Maestro runs under all versions of Microsoft Windows from Windows XP forward (does not run on Windows 2000, ME, 98 or 95).
For Maestro 0.29.052 and later simply run the installation "exe" file linked below to install or upgrade Maestro. SkyWalker firmware will be automatically upgraded by Maestro upon its first connection to SkyWalker or the S-Box.
For older versions of Maestro, follow the installation instructions in the readme file or those provided with the control system shipment and/or with e-mail upgrade notifications.
Maestro communicates with SkyWalker via the Astrometric Telescope Control Language (ATCL). ATCL is typically communicated over serial link (e.g. RS232 or USB) to SkyWalker's Client interface port (labeled "Com"). ATCL provides a very rich syntax for telescope control. Astrometric Instruments, Inc. encourages independent software developers to provide an ATCL interface to their software. Complete details can be found at our Astrometric Telescope Control Language page.
Additional PC-based software for use with Maestro:
Maestro supports the ASCOM (Astronomy Component Object Model) and WARP (Windows Astronomical Resource Protocol) standards for interfacing to other software on the same or different PCs. More information on Maestro's ASCOM support is available here. More information on Maestro's WARP support is available here.
Maestro also supports Software Bisque's TeleAPI.dll interface. When Maestro is installed, a version of the TeleAPI.dll Bisque "interface" file that is specific to Astrometric Instrument's software (i.e. Maestro and SkyGuide) is installed in the \Program Files (x86)\Common Files\System folder on your harddisk. If TheSky is re-installed at a later date it will over-write this file with a version that is not compatible with Maestro. You can either re-install Maestro or directly copy the TeleAPI.dll file from here to the \Program Files (x86)\Common Files\System folder on your harddisk.
Maestro's support for WARP and TeleAPI are both installed with the above Maestro installations.
SkyWalker Firmware Upgrades:
NOTE: If you are upgrading Maestro software to the same version as SkyWalker firmware (highly recommended) then there is no need to separately download and upgrade SkyWalker's firmware since the latest Maestro installation installs the latest SkyWalker firmware upgrade files.
NOTE: The following are links to self-extracting executable files that contain SkyWalker's firmware binary upgrade files. These self-extracting executable files, by default, extract the binary upgrade files to the \Program Files\Astrometric\Maestro\SkyWalkerUpgrades folder. To upgrade SkyWalker, simply start Maestro* and connect to SkyWalker. Maestro* will detect that a more recent version of firmware has been deposited in its SkyWalkerUpgrades folder and ask you if you wish to upgrade SkyWalker. Select yes to start the upgrade. Maestro will provide a progress bar during the time (can be several minutes) it takes to complete the upgrade. Once the upgrade is complete, SkyWalker must be turned off, and then back on again, for the new firmware to work.
Even though Maestro doesn't directly support it, it is possible to move backwards to an older version of firmware. Please refer to the FAQ item entitled "How to backwards-upgrade SkyWalker's firmware to an older version" for instructions.
*If for some reason you do not have, or do not wish to have, Maestro installed on your PC you can use Astrometric's dedicated Microsoft Windows- based firmware upgrade utility SW_Firmup as described in our FAQ item entitled "Using SW_Firmup, as a Maestro alternative, to upgrade SkyWalker's firmware" for instructions.
The latest version of SkyGuide-Win is provided for users of non-upgraded legacy (i.e. pre-2004) SkyWalker systems. SkyGuide-Win will only run under Microsoft Windows 95, 98 or ME.
NOTE: Legacy (i.e. pre-2004) SkyWalker systems can be upgraded to full and complete current functionality with the S-Box accessory. The S-Box allows for SkyWalker control from all versions of Microsoft Windows (using our Maestro software). The S-Box also allows for stand-alone operation (i.e. without an attached PC) using our HP2 handpaddle.
NOTE: The following contain program files and release notes only: installation instructions are provided with the control system shipment and/or with e-mail upgrade notifications.
SkyGuide also supports Software Bisque's TeleAPI.dll interface. When SkyGuide is installed, a version of the TeleAPI.dll Bisque "interface" file that is specific to SkyGuide is installed in the \Program Files\Common Files\System folder on your harddisk. If TheSky is reinstalled at a later date it will over-write this file with a version that is not compatible with SkyGuide. You can either reinstall SkyGuide or directly copy the TeleAPI.dll file from here to the \Program Files\Common Files\System folder on your harddisk.
Alignment Star Database:
A sky database file for TheSky that shows SkyWalker's alignment stars is available (thanks to David Landis). Follow these instructions to install so that you can see the alignment stars labeled in TheSky:
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