Note: Major ATCS software and firmware versions starting with 3.00.000 require a purchased software license to upgrade from an older version. Prior to installing telescope control system major software or firmware upgrades be sure you have the 8-character software license code associated with your hardware's serial number. Contact Astrometric support or visit our on-line store if you need a license.
Maestro version 3 user interface downloads
|Version||Maestro 3 Release Date||Release Notes||Installation File||ATCS firmware version included|
|3.00.111||15-Oct-2018||Supports new ATCS features as described in ATCS firmware release notes below||MaestroSetup3_00_111_f_3_00_116.exe||3.00.116|
|3.00.000||18-Feb-2015||Supports new ATCS features as described in ATCS firmware release notes below||MaestroSetup3_00_000.exe||3.00.000|
ASCOM and Bisque X2 drivers for Maestro version 3
If ASCOM or Software Bisque's TheSky software is detected then the ASCOM and Bisque X2 drivers are installed with the Maestro version 3 installation. No separate installation is required. If ASCOM or TheSky is installed after Maestro 3 then simply reinstall Maestro 3 to get the necessary interface support.
DomePro2 firmware upgrades are available in the next section (far below) if needed.
The Maestro 4 user interface installation does not (yet) automatically install the ASCOM driver. There is a separate link in the table below to install the ASCOM driver. Note: install the ASCOM driver after installing Maestro 4.
|Version||Release Date||Installation File||Release Notes||Associated ASCOM driver installs||ASCOM driver release notes|
|0.01.015||25-Feb-2019||Maestro4_Setup0_01_015.exe||ReadMeMaestro0_01_015||ASCOM Dome driver||ReadMeMaestroASCOM_0_11_0.html|
Note: Maestro 3 user interface software installation (see above) automatically installs the latest version of the ATCS firmware. If you need an intermediate version please contact us.
Reinstalling Maestro 3 to get the latest firmware does not result in any settings loss.
|Version||Release Date||Release Notes||Upgrade File|
|3.00.117||31-Oct-2019||Only change from 3.00.116: supports PrimeTCS DSP chip firmware version 7. Contact us if you require this.||Firmware only files are available here.|
|3.00.116||29-Jun-2019||ReadmeATCS_3_00_116||Installed with Maestro 3.00.111. Firmware only files are available here.|
|3.00.000||18-Feb-2015||ReadmeATCS_3_00_000||Installed with Maestro 3.00.000|
SW_Firmup.exe is a utility program that is run in a Windows command prompt (or "console") window and upgrades the firmware on ATCS controllers. SW_Firmup.exe is useful when Maestro3 will not upgrade the firmware (due to failed firmware upgrade) or when it is necessary to revert to an older version of firmware (Maestro3 will only upgrade to newer versions of firmware).
Please contact us for instructions on using SW_Firmup.exe.
Download a self-extracting executable to install SW_Firmup.exe from here.
Rarely upgrades are available for the firmware running on the Digital Signal Processor (DSP) chip used in PrimeTCS. PrimeTCS has two "drive units": one for RA/Az and one for Dec/Alt. When upgrading the DSP firmware be sure to run the upgrade on each drive unit in turn by connecting it via USB to a Windows-based PC and running the upgrade program linked below. Upgrade instructions can be found here.
|Version||Release Date||Release Notes||Upgrade File||Minimum ATCS firmware version|
|7||31-Oct-2019||Do not install unless directed to do so by Astrometric||For absolute encoders||3.00.117|
|6||16-Feb-2019||Do not install unless directed to do so by Astrometric||
For incremental encoders
For absolute encoders
Note: To use a DSP firmware upgrade you must assure that the ATCS firmware is already upgraded to a minimum version which is noted in the table above. Instructions on how to do this are included in the associated release notes file.
Upgrade instructions are included in the associated release notes.
|Version||Release Date||Release Notes||Upgrade File||Minimum supporting Maestro 4 version|
For NexDome/stepper systems