Cameras

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Connecting and Setting Options:


Cameras are selected and connected on the Sequence Window in the equipment group box.


Options can be set when the camera is in a disconnected state by clicking the  icon.  These options will vary by manufacturer.  For ASCOM cameras this will bring up the ASCOM properties dialog for the selected camera.


To connect the camera click on the connection icon .  Once connected the icon will change , click this icon to disconnect.


Hardware Specific Information

o QSI Cameras

o SBIG Cameras

o FLI Cameras

o Canon EOS Cameras

o Nikon Cameras



Camera Control Panel:


Description: Sequence Generator Pro can use many cameras natively and any ASCOM supported camera.  The camera is controlled through the Camera tab on the Control Panel.  Depending on the hardware attributes of the camera different options will be available when connected.  However there are two distinct types of cameras that can be connected which are CCDs and DSLRs.  



CCD Camera


Description: CCD (Charge-coupled Device) cameras are becoming increasingly popular for astro-photography.  In general they are more sensitive than DLSRs and offer benefits such as deep cooling and the ability to take mono images (sharper images because there is no bayer matrix).




Controls (These values can also be preset by using a profile or by opening a sequence.):

o Cooler On/Off: Turns the cooler on or off.  

o Set Temperature to: Sets the regulation temperature of the cooler. These values are not used in conjunction with "Warm Up / Cool Down".

o change over: Allows you to specify a time period over which the temperature will be slowly dropped to the set temperature mentioned above.

o Set: initiates the changes mentioned above.

o Abort: stops the "Set" mentioned above.  This button is also used to abort cooler warm up and cool down.




Special notes for ASCOM cameras that support gain:


By clicking the "arrow button", you can reveal an area designed to store the gain for your camera in terms of e-/ADU.  These values are optional and can be used in conjunction with the "readout noise" value below to calculate ideal exposure time.




Note: The current version of ASCOM 6SP2 does not implement Offset.  Gain is available but VERY few cameras support setting Gain via ASCOM so for the time being all ASCOM cameras do not have access to these controls.  For ASCOM cameras the gain and offset        should be set via the cameras driver which can be accessed via the Main Window by using the settings button.  



Canon EOS


Description: DSLR (Digital Single-Lens Reflex) cameras are an excellent avenue into astro-photography.  Many people already own a DSLR so the cost of entry can be minimized in many cases.


Options: Sequence Generator Pro has the ability to save DLSR images in several different formats.  No one format is preferred as they all contain RAW data. These options are available in the camera setup dialog which can be accessed via the Camera Settings button mentioned above.  When the settings are opened and "Canon EOS" is selected for the camera the following dialog will be shown:




Note:  RAW Images will not contain meta data found in the FITS format.



Below is an image of the Control Panel with a DSLR connected.  

Note: All of the controls are disabled.  



Nikon Cameras


When connecting a Nikon camera, it is normally as simple as connecting the camera via USB and, if needed, with a Nikon shoestring adapter.  When only one camera is connected you may simply click the "Connect" button on the sequence form.  If multiple Nikon cameras are connected, use the options dialog (below) to tell SGPro to which camera you would like to connect.


Some Nikon cameras require a shoestring DSUSB adapter to exposures longer than 30 seconds.  Other, newer, Nikon cameras can take long exposures without an adapter (via direct USB connection).


Long exposure ready (bulb mode) cameras: D810, D810A, D800, D750, D800E, D7100, D7200, D5200, D600, D610, D5, D500, D5300, D5500, D4, D4S, Df


If your Nikon camera is not in the list above, you will require a DSUSB adapter.




Note:  RAW Images will not contain meta data found in the FITS format.


SBIG Cameras:




FLI Cameras:






QSI Cameras: