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Final Version 9 Updates

The files below are ZIPs of specific programs that have been updated since the general update. These are the final updates to these programs. Version 9 and previous versions are no longer maintained and are offered strictly "as-is".

  1. Make a backup of the original programs in \MPO\PROGRAMS

  2. Extract the contents of the ZIP file to \MPO\PROGRAMS

MPO Connections ( 2009 July 21

MPO Canopus ( 2009 October 21

If you upgrade one MPO program to version 10, then you must upgrade all other MPO programs as well.
Because of fundamental changes to core data files, it is not possible to have earlier versions and V10 reside in the same directory tree.

If you have questions, please send an email.

Upgrading to Version 10 from Previous Versions

Due to significant changes with the implementation of a new database engine, simple updates from previous versions are not available for version 10. A full installation, with some conversion of old files, is required.

If you have questions, please send an email.
Free Updates for Version 10 Owners

From time to time, updates are offered at no charge to uses of the current version. These are available at the links below.

"Free" means that there is no update fee from BDW Publishing. Any costs associated with downloading the update files (e.g., Internet connection chargs) are the responsibility of the customer.

Click on the appropriate link and save the file (a ZIP file) to your hard drive.

  1. Unzip the Windows Setup file (an EXE) to a temporary location.

  2. Run the Windows Setup file

  3. Delete the ZIP file after you've checked that the installation worked properly

The Help and manuals are not always updated with each release.

v10.7 updates do not include the UCAC4, CMC-15, or latest APASS catalogs (DR9).
These catalogs are available for free download.

Contact Bdw Publishing for details 

MPO Canopus/PhotoRed (v10.7.12.2, 2018 Oct 31)

  • Minor fixes and tweaks
  • fixes bug in where program was getting hung while starting.
  • Allows importing ALCDEF v2.2 files
  • Fixed bug from that broke the MPOCORB convert utility.
  • Includes ALCDEFSubmit in distribution (separate program placed in \MPO\PROGRAMS)
  • New Utilities menu option, "Run ALCDEFSubmit". A check is made to see if the program is already running. It and the Canopus sessions form should not both be open at the same time.
  • <ToFile> button offers message "Are you trying to generate ALCDEF files?" Click <Yes> to close the sessions form. If ALCDEFSubmit is already running, a new instance is not created.
  • URL to generate AAVSO chart data (XML files) has been updated to one being used by AAVSO site.

ALCDEFSubmit (v1.1.0.14, 2018 November 8) 
  • Fixed problem so that true mid-date/time of each session is computed and used in the ALCDEF file in lieu of date/time in the sessions form. This uses the same method in Canopus and the ALCDEF web site.
  • Save dialog that came up when trying to change file name didn't default to the original directory. If trying to save the file under the new name, an error about the file not being found was generated.
  • Fixed problem when trying to invoke ALCDEFSubmit using a menu item in MPO Canopus, even if ALCDEFSubmit was in \MPO\PROGRAMS
  • Note: MPO LCInvert can read the new format files.

ALCDEFSubmit is a stand-alone program to generate files for submission to the ALCDEF web site using the new v2.2 standard. 
You must have MPO Canopus v10.4.x (preferably 10.7.x) installed. 

  1. Download the zip using the link above

  2. Unzip the ALCDEFSubmit.exe file to \MPO\PROGRAMS (the same directory where CANOPUS.EXE is found).

  3. Unzip the ALCDEFSubmit.pdf file to \MPO\DOCS

  4. In Windows Explorer, locate the ALCDEFSubmit.exe file and right-click over it.

  5. Select the "Compatibility" tab on the popup form.

  6. Check "Run this program as administrator"

  7. Click <OK> to save the change.

  8. Create a shortcut to put on your desktop or double-click on the file in Windows Explorer.

  9. Read the ALCDEFSubmit.pdf before you try generating files.

The program checks if the MPO Server is running. If not, it will automatically start the server, which is required to access the MPO Canopus session/obs files.

MPO Connections (v10.7.7.0, 2016 July 27)

  • Several fixes to remove memory leaks and conflicts when imaging with an
    SBIG camera and guiding with an external SBIG camera.

MPO LCInvert (v11.8.0.0, 2016 Aug 28)

  • The documentation (help file) has not been updated. Read the instructions in the
    Inversion Wizard carefully as you step through the process.

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