We will be releasing SGPro 3.0 this Friday (Jan 26th). So… we want to take a few moments to clarify some things.
Does the upgrade to SGPro 3.0 cost money?
Yes. If you already own SGPro, it will cost $79. If you are buying SGPro new, it will cost the normal $99. Because we have added all of our addons into the base product now, we will allow users who have purchased these items in the past to apply their cost to the $79 upgrade price. Example: You, in the past, have purchased the Mosaic and Framing Wizard for $39 and now wish to upgrade to SGPro 3.0. You may subtract the $39 from the $79 price and you may purchase the upgrade for $40.
You haven’t ever charged for upgrades in the past, what gives?
This is because we have never incremented the “major version” of SGPro. All updates to SGPro, since its inception, have been for the 2.X version and because of this, there is no charge. SGPro 3.0 will be the first time we have upgraded the major version, and, as a result, the first time we have charged for an update.
What happens if I don’t want to upgrade?
No problem. If you have purchased SGPro in the past, you will always be able to use it. All upgrades of SGPro are sold on their own merit and nothing else. If you decide to stay on a previous version of SGPro, we will do our best to ensure you continue to have a great experience (we don’t guarantee all bugs will be fixed in older versions, but will will do our best to ensure that all issues “core” to functionality are addressed).
I don’t think SGPro 3.0 has enough new functionality to warrant the upgrade cost, what gives?
That’s fair, and again, you are never forced to upgrade. Keep in mind that, after upgrading to SGPro 3.0, all feature updates to SGPro 3.X will be free of charge. We don’t always have clear line of sight on all of the things we will put into SGPro 3.X, but we will do our best to keep you up to date.
What are the major changes in SGPro 3.0?
- Show target rise and set on an easy to read graph
- Easily identify when it is “safe” to start imaging (twilight, etc)
- Choose start and end times quickly by clicking on the graph
- See an itemized list of errors and warnings to help you plan the capture sequence
- Define your own custom horizon to reflect your environment
- Check the status of the moon
New features for start and end times
- Define times by altitude (or by time of day)
- Lock time or altitude
- When time is locked, the time will remain static from day to day and the altitude will vary
- When altitude is locked, it will remain static and the time will vary
Integration with FocusLock (still beta)
- See FocusLock status without needing the FocusLock application
- Perform basic operations direct from SGPro
- Restart the current frame if FocusLock reports you are out of focus m (will block until focus is re-acquired)
- Prevent FocusLock from altering the focuser position during image integration
Update manager overhaul, managing SGPro versions is now easier than ever
- Receive notifications that your SGPro is out of date
- Snooze these notifications for 7 days (more time intervals soon)
- View release notes in a new, rich text formatted, area
- Download and upgrade without ever going to the MSS web site
- Opt-in to the beta-track directly from the update manager to get notifications of new betas (or new releases… whichever is the latest)
- Support for Gemini SnapCap FlatBox device
- Support for Canon Digic 6 and 7 cameras
- Native support for ZWO ASI (beta)
- SBIG RBI Implementation
- Addition of “per event” gain control
- A sequence can now import targets from other SGPro sequences
- Updated CTYPEn FITS headers to report projection as gnomonic (instead of default)
- SGPro will now more accurately detect the need to auto connect with a flats box
- Recovery mode stabilization
- Added camera gain to the file namer (%cg)
Is that it?
Nope. SGPro 3.X will have a decent amount of time to pick up new features (at no cost to owners of SGPro 3). Stay tuned…
Please respond below if you’d like answers to any other aspect of the upgrade.