Observatory 1.6.5

Earlier this week blind plate solving temporarily stopped working in Observatory because of a server change at astrometry.net that made the use of a secure connection mandatory. This change was swiftly reversed, but today we released Observatory 1.6.5 with minor enhancements that include the use of a secure connection for astrometry.net.


Release notes.

Observatory 1.6.3

Check the Mac App Store, because we’ve just released Observatory 1.6.3.

It supports macOS 12 Monterey, and resolves an issue with SDSS image downloads in Virtual Observatory. This was caused by a change in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey Archive service. It also addresses a pesky issue with the histogram. When adjusting it, Observatory could occasionally stop responding.

Release notes.

Observatory 1.6.2

We’ve just released Observatory 1.6.2 on the Mac App Store, a minor update focused on bug fixes.

It resolves an issue with Quick Look on Apple silicon, and missing metadata for the Keck Observatory Archive in Virtual Observatory. The latter was caused by a change in the Keck Observatory Archive service, and it could also lead to an error when saving the library.

Initial tests of Observatory on the first beta of the next major macOS version that will be released this fall, macOS 12 Monterey, didn‘t uncover any issues, so unless Apple breaks something along the way, I am hopeful that this will be a good upgrade from macOS 11 Big Sur.

Release notes.