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 Version 9 and previous versions are no longer maintained and are offered strictly "as-is".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

MP2019 (2019 January 9)

  • 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 (v10.7.12.8, 2019 February 19)

The only change in this update is to ALCDEFVerify, which had a bug when trying to update the MPCORB table.

  • ALCDEFSubmit and ALCDEFVerify are now part of the update.
  • ALCDEFSubmit is placed in \MPO\PROGRAMS so that it can be called from within MPO Canopus, or it be run as a stand-alone program.
  • ALCDEFVerify is placed in \MPO\ALCDEF\Program along with the required PJ2000.DAT (which is also in \MPO\COMMON)
Use this installation program to update and/or install ALCDEFSubmit and ALCDEFVerify. The ZIP file for ALCDEFSubmit is no longer available. 
The ALCDEFVerify program, which is independent of MPO software, can be downloaded from the ALCDEF web site.

Please read the documentation for ALCDEFSubmit and ALCDEFVerify before trying to use them. 

ALCDEFSubmit (v1.1.0.25, 2018 December 24) 
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. 
  • Fixed problem when not overwriting original files.
  • OBJECTRA/OBJECTDEC now written with expanded format (see ALCDEF standard v2.2.3)

ALCDEFVerify (v1.1.0.15, 2018 December 9) 
ALCDEFVerify is a stand-alone program for validating files before submission to the ALCDEF web site using the new v2.2 standard. 
It has no dependencies on MPO software and so can be used by those writing their own scripts or programs to produce
ALCDEF-compliant files. The changes log in \MPO\DOCS covers the changes in this and past versions. 

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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