Software Bisque History, Innovations, and Milestones
The table below shows a timeline of Software Bisque benchmarks since 1983.
|2021||TheSky Professional for Windows OS 64-bit released|
Paramount Taurus 700 equatorial fork mount
Paramount Apollo 800 altazimuth mount
|2019||TheSky Imaging edition|
Paramount Taurus 500/600 equatorial fork mount
Paramount Apollo 500/600 altazimuth mount
|2017||Acquired TPoint Software|
|2016||TheSkyX Professional Edition for Linux and TheSky Professional Edition for Raspberry Pi released (December).|
Paramount Taurus Model 400 Equatorial Mount introduced at the Society for Astronomical Sciences Symposium and the Southern California Astronomy Exposition (June).
|2015||Paramount Taurus Equatorial Fork Mount Models 500 and 600 introduced at the AMOS Conference (September).|
Software Bisque telescope mirror covers demonstrated at the AMOS Conference (September).
Paramount MYT reviewed in the November, 2015 issue of Sky & Telescope Magazine.
|2014||-Paramount MYT begins shipping (November).|
-Paramount MX+ begins shipping (June).
-Software Bisque introduces and demonstrates TheSky Pro for embedded Linux at RTMC.
|2013|| Paramount ME II begins shipping (March).|
TheSky HD for iPad is released (October).
|2012||TheSky Professional with autoguiding released at AIC (November).|
|2011|| Paramount MX begins shipping.|
The TPoint module to TheSky released.
The Dome module to TheSky Pro released.
|2010||-TheSky Professional Edition for Mac and Windows released. (May)|
-TheSky’s Database module introduced. (June)
|2009||TheSky Serious Astronomer for Mac released at Macworld (January)|
|2008||TheSky Student Edition for Mac released at Macworld (January)|
|2007||– Seeker 3D solar system simulation software released (January 08 at MacWorld).|
– Software Bisque issued patent US7313763 B1: “A system for operating an astronomical observatory in real time using http.”
– The Software Bisque technologies and team members featured in Timothy Ferris’ Seeing in the Dark documentary.
|2004||TheSky Version 6 released (April 16).|
|2002||Paramount ME begins shipping (April 9).|
|2001||– CCDSoft Version 5 released (May 25).|
– Dr. Charles Jules names the first of his 475 minor planet discoveries after the Bisque brothers. The official IAU designation for this object 12934 Bisque (1999 TH16).
– The Minor Planet Bulletin, Volume 28, Number 4, A.D. 2001 October-December issue, publishes Software Bisque’s “Automated Minor Planet Light Curve Generation” article which satisfied both aspects of the Richard P. Binzel Challenge proposed in 1992.
Editor’s note: As of March 2022, Software Bisque has yet to take possession of the offered prize.
|2000||– Paramount GT-1100S begins shipping |
– TheSky Pocket Edition for Windows CE devices released.
|1998||TheSky Version 5 for Mac and Windows released (December).|
|1997||– TPoint version 1 for Windows released.|
– AutomDome dome control software for Windows released.
|1996||– The Paramount GT-1100 is introduced at AIC. (July 11, 1996 was the first Advanced Imaging Conference in Santa Barbara, CA). |
– TheSky Version 4 released.
– Orchestrate Automation and Scripting Software released.
|1995||CCDSoft Version 4 released.|
Software Bisque publishes the Focus, Optics, Seeing, Tracking, Experience, and Review (FOSTER) CCD Imaging book.
|1994||TheSky Version 2 released.|
|1993||– CCDSoft Version 1 released. |
– Software Bisque remotely controls the Mt. Wilson Observatory 24-inch telescope and camera via modem from Golden, Colorado.
|1992||TheSky for Windows ad appears in Sky & Telescope Magazine.|
|1990||TheSky version 1 for Windows 3.0 released.|
|1989||– Computer-Assist Services incorporates as Software Bisque, Inc.|
– Steve Bisque invents the push to or software-guided telescope (SGT) by mounting optical encoders to both axes of a telescope. A serial decoder (Software Bisque’s BBox) fed the encoder’s positions to TheSky.
|1983||Steve Bisque releases The_Sky version 1.0 for MS-DOS.|
|1981||Steve Bisque founds Computer-Assist Services that focuses on developing custom financial software.|