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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 Version 9 and previous versions are no longer maintained and are offered strictly "as-is".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; the 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 

MPO2019 (2019 January 9)

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  • Changed definition of "opposition" when generating opposition data for an asteroid. Instead of looking for 180° elongation, the check is for 180° difference in RA.

MPO Canopus/PhotoRed (v10.7.12.9, 2019 March 28)

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ALCDEFVerify is no longer available as a Windows program. It has been moved to the ALCDEF site as on-line tool. This allows it to keep in step with any changes to the ALCDEF standards or web site.

  • ALCDEFSubmit remains part of the update.
  • ALCDEFSubmit is placed in \MPO\PROGRAMS so that it can be called from within MPO Canopus, or it can be run as a stand-alone program.
Use this installation program to update and/or install ALCDEFSubmit. The ZIP file for ALCDEFSubmit is no longer available. 

Please read the documentation for ALCDEFSubmit before trying to use the program. 

ALCDEFSubmit (v2.2.6.10, 2019 June 29) 
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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 (v10.7.x is strongly suggested) installed. 
  • Changed header on right-hand list of constant keywords on the form that displays them.
  • fixed issue were Sloan filter/mag bands stored as g,r,i, or z in a Canopus session were not converted to ALCDEF format (SG, SR, SI, SZ).
  • Fixed bug in observer validation
  • Added Obs label to show number of entries in observer list
  • Prevented empty observer name from being added to observers list.
  • OBJECTRA/OBJECTDEC now written with expanded format (see ALCDEF standard v2.2.7)
  • "Constant keywords" are used to help manage the ALCDEF database, in particular, its size.

ALCDEFVerify (2019 March 24)
ALCDEFVerify is now a web-based tool only. It can be accessed on the ALCDEF home page.

The tool is intended for those not using MPO Canopus but are writing their own scripts or programs
to generate ALCDEF-compatible files from their data. It validates those files against the current ALCDEF

MPO Connections (v10.7.7.0, 2016 July 27)

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

MPO LCInvert (v11.8.1.0, 2019 October 12)

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  • The a/b, a/c, and b/c axis ratios in the Model View caption bar were wrong.
  • The correct values are displayed in the caption bar for both the Model and 4-Vane views.
    Both views have a new button to display and save the model statistics.
  • The statistics include:
    The effective diameter determined by surface area or volume
    The surface area
    The volume
    The a/b, a/c, and b/c ratios (assuming a dynamically equivalent ellipsoid)
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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