Download and install the latest ASCOM Platform from http://ascom-standards.org/downloads.html
Install the camera drivers for your camera
Verify that you can capture images from your camera using the supplied camera software
8/18/2004: Release of Version 1.0.6
Nudge buttons now give visual feedback of guide movments
Double crosshair to aid in camera orientation
Now send 4 digits in the Meade Autostar guiding commands (Mge####)
Fixed a bug where Reverse N/S was not working correctly for relay boxes
Minor bug fixes
5/31/2004: Release of Version 1.0.5
Added support for logging of RA/Dec errors to a file
Added an aggressiveness slider to allow fine tuning of guiding corrections
Added support for Meade's new Autostar guiding commands
Updated the GuideDog Reference document for new features
3/13/2004: Release of Version 1.0.4
Adds support for parallel port based relay boxes
Ability to enter separate guide rates for RA and Dec
Added backlash settings for both RA and Dec
Added configuration support for SC Advanced mod and AmpOff cameras
Fixes a bug selecting where selecting Telescope properties during guiding caused the program to freeze
12/13/2003: Release of Version 1.0.3
Updated the serial port configuration to support SC cameras using both resistor/diode and transistor logic for LX control
Added capability to modify the post LX exposure time for LX capture
Added a new Focus button to allow previewing from the camera at faster frame rates for focus and camera orientation
Fixes a bug where the Reverse E/W and N/S settings were being corrupted after using the options panel
12/8/2003: Release of Version 1.0.2
Fixes a bug where guiding errors larger than Maximum Correction would make no correction at all. This prevented the Center button from working correctly.
12/7/2003: Release of Version 1.0.1
Fixes a bug where changes to certain guiding options were not taking effect (Radius, GuideRate)
Added initial capability to guide with serial port based SC cameras
11/30/2003: Initial Release of Version 1.0.0
Click the link button below to download the GuideDog software. After downloading, unzip and run the setup program to install GuideDog on your computer.
If you have previously installed GuideDog, you should uninstall it from the Windows Control Panel "Add/Remove Programs" before running the setup program.
Note: If you are installing on Windows 2000/XP you must be logged in with administrator privileges to install GuideDog. This is necessary so that the installation can install/update the necessary Visual Basic runtime DLL's.
You can completely remove the software using Add/Remove Programs from your Windows control panel.
There are two documents which describe how to use GuideDog. The Quick Start Guide shows how to setup/configure the software and start a guiding session. The GuideDog Reference includes a description of all of GuideDog's menus, buttons, and controls. Both of these documents are available from the download page.
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