Astrometric's firmware & software release page

From this page, Astrometric's software and firmware upgrades can be downloaded.

 Important introduction: Software vs. Firmware

We provide two types of upgrades for our systems:

 Software

Maestro version 3 user interface software for the Astrometric Telescope Control System (ATCS)

Maestro version 3 works with the PrimeTCS-i telescope controller and with older SkyWalker controllers that are equipped with the S-Box accessory.

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.

Maestro version 4 user interface software for DomePro2

Maestro version 4 is presently released for use with our DomePro2 product. Telescope, Focuser, Rotator, Filter and Switch products are migrating to Maestro 4 soon.

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

User interface software for older DomePro, FocusPro, RotatorPro, FilterPro and SwitchPro

We continue to provide support for these older products. Please contact us if you need access to software.

 Firmware

Firmware upgrades for the Astrometric Telescope Control System (ATCS)

This section covers functional (i.e. firmware) upgrades for Astrometric's telescope controllers including the PrimeTCS-i telescope controller and the older SkyWalker controller equipped with the S-Box accessory.

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

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.

Firmware upgrades for the PrimeTCS telescope controller's DSP chip

Note: The following upgrades are not recommended unless direct to do so by Astrometric staff. This simply serves as a convenient repository for files if a DSP firmware upgrade is needed.

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
or...
For absolute encoders
3.00.113

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.

Firmware upgrades for DomePro2

The Maestro 4 user interface installation does not (yet) automatically install the latest version of DomePro2 firmware.

Upgrade instructions are included in the associated release notes.

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Version Release Date Release Notes Upgrade File Minimum supporting Maestro 4 version
23 24-Oct-2019 ReadmeDomePro2_23 DomePro2_23.exe
0.01.015
20 7-Jul-2019 ReadmeDomePro2_20 For everyone
except...
For NexDome/stepper systems
0.01.015


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