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News  (September 2018)

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The latest on-line available version of the IPACO software is version 4.86, which results from a development with a financial support from CNES/GEIPAN, introducing the management of the last geometrical parameter that enables defining accurately the shooting conditions: the rotation of the camera around the line of sight.


Up to now, this parameter had been ignored, which means that all Photos were assumed to be « vertical » (that is to say, more accurately, that the vertical axis of symmetry of the Photo’s frame, in its original position in the camera’s focal plane, was supposed to belong to the vertical plane containing the line of sight).


This « omission » was in fact irrelevant for most of operations allowed by the IPACO software (image processing, radiometric or geometric measurements, etc.), but it had important consequences for two particular functions (in the present state of the software), which could provide inaccurate results, sometimes even no result at all, with a non vertical Photo:


This function can only detect a thread in a Photo if this appears vertical ± 30° on this Photo


The superimposing of a Photo and the corresponding sky background, provided by Stellarium, is only             correct if this Photo is vertical.

The new Rotation of the camera parameter may be introduced into the Technical data associated with a Photo in 3 ways:


When a Photo is displayed, the possible associated Rotation of the camera is automatically compensated so as to always display the Photo vertical on the screen.


When using the Vertical thread function or the Planisphere function, the Photo is always displayed vertical on the screen, and all subsequent computations are automatically performed.

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Analysis reports


The updating operation for the analysis reports presented in the Sample galleries has been continued. In fact, some reports had been written before the IPACO software (or some of its functions) was available. Without modifying the results nor the conclusions, the new writings show how those same analyses may be performed using IPACO and CamCAT.


Two new analysis reports, correcponding to lens flares, have been updated in the IFOCAT catalog:


Case of Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, 23rd June 2011


Case of Monaco, 26-27th January 2012