Download CCDciel for free. Astronomy CCD capture software. A CCD capture software intended for the amateur astronomer. It include all the features required to perform digital imaging CCD observation of celestial objects. Download Backfocus Table. Backfocus configuration table. Download Software SBIGUDrv. The SBIG Universal Driver is distributed via SBIG Driver Checker 64 on Windows, and via an installer on Mac OSX. Keeping your drivers up to date is the best way to ensure your camera runs smoothly, so remember to update your drivers regularly. SBIG provides the SBIG Driver Installer.pkg for installing the low-level USB drivers and the SBIG Universal Driver Framework. Double click this file to install the drivers and library. Once the drivers have been installed it’s a good idea to run SBIG’s CCDOps Lite for OSX software to make sure you can talk to your camera. SBIG software drivers allow the user to combine any of several binning modes and partial frame in various ways to suit the user's optics, seeing conditions and objects of interest. For example, when imaging planets the sensor can be used in high resolution (5.4 micron pixels) mode while downloading only a quarter frame to speed up the data. Older SBIG cameras use the 'SBIG Universal' drivers. They are available from ftp://ftp.sbig.com/pub/SetupDriverChecker64.exe Macintosh and Linux drivers are also available; please contact us for the correct version for your system.
For this driver, please select SBIG Universal on the Setup tab.
This driver supports all SBIG USB and Ethernet cameras supported by the Generation 2 'SBIG Universal' drivers. This includes the modern ST-I, STF, STT, STXL and STX camera models and their filter wheels. It also supports older ST and STL camera models that have USB interfaces, and their associated filter wheels.
For Generation 2 'SBIG Universal' cameras using the AO-8, AO-8T, AO-L, or AO-X adaptive optics accessories, please use the SBIG w/ AO driver instead.
For Generation 3 cameras such as Aluma, with or without AO accessory, please select DL Imaging instead.
The latest version of the SBIG camera drivers are required. You can download them from http://www.sbig.com
Some SBIG cameras are capable of being operated in TDI mode.
For Ethernet connection, select Ethernet and enter the correct IP Address for the camera. The IP Address is ignored when connecting to a USB camera. To connect to a camera using USB, simply select the camera name from the Connect Todropdown.
Swap Chips, when activated, reverses the main sensor and autoguider sensor.
The Guide Chip setting is used to select between the internal guide chip and the separate Remote Guide Head that is available as an option for many SBIG cameras . Select the Internal setting to use the guide chip that is built in to the main camera body. Select External Remote to use a separate 'guide head'.
Ext. Trigger enables the external trigger mode. When on, the camera will not start exposing immediately when the Expose button is clicked. Instead, the camera will wait until an external trigger signal is received. Only certain models support this feature. Contact SBIG for information on connecting an external trigger.
When using the integrated autoguider, which includes any 'external guide head' controlled through the camera, turn on the Dual Chip Mode check box on the Setup tab.
A set of Advanced settings are also available for the camera. These settings can be changed using the camera setup dialog, before connecting, or changed while connected using the Options button on the Settings tab of the CCD Control Window.
A variety of Readout Settings are available. Guider ABG affects the anti-blooming control for the autoguider CCD only (supported by older guiders with TC-211 or TC-237 sensors only). Anti-blooming for the main CCD is determined by the type of CCD chip installed in the camera.
Setting Binning Mode to Off-chip is useful when a non-anti-blooming CCD chip is installed. When enabled, it causes any binning to be performed after the CCD chip has been read (normally, binning is done inside the CCD chip before readout). Selecting this option results in slightly higher readout noise but greatly reduces blooming. This control has no effect for anti-blooming CCD chips, and has no effect for 1:1 binning. You can also set Binning Mode to Spectroscopy. In this mode, the main sensor can be binned Nx1 to Nx3, where N ranges from 1 to 255.
The DownloadPriority can be adjusted. Very High will ensure that no lines appear in the image due to readout delays, but may make it difficult to operate the mouse. Higher priority downloads may improve image quality on older cameras that do not have a built-in frame buffer.
Auto-Expose After Filter Change may be useful for clearing the array if rotating the filter wheel causes IR light strike on the sensor. This may be useful for the lower-cost and older filter wheel models (STT, STX, and STXL filter wheels do not use IR sensors).
If the DSS Control check box is checked, the DSS Control dialog will be displayed as soon as the user connects to the camera. If already connected, checking the DSS Control option causes the DSS Control dialog to appear, and unchecking it hides the dialog. This dialog is useful when the camera is used in conjunction with a Deep Space Spectrograph. See below for details on the DSS Control dialog.
RBI Preflash can be used to remove Residual Bulk Image by pre-flashing the array with infrared light and then flushing. Flash Length (s) controls the preflash duration in seconds, and Flush Count determines how many flush cycles to perform after the preflash. Default loads the default settings. These settings are only available when connected to a camera supporting these settings (firmware update may be required).
Readout Modes allows you to select Dual Channel Mode for cameras that have dual readout capability, and TDI Mode for camera models that can do Time Domain Integration (drift scanning). In TDI mode rows are read out of the camera continuously at a specified rate while the shutter remains open. For astronomical applications, TDI is used to capture a wide (E-W) swath of the sky using a fixed camera. When the camera is connected in TDI mode, the Camera Control window displays an additional TDI Tab.
The Color Conversion settings are enabled if you are not currently connected, or if you are connected to a one-shot color camera such as the ST-IC or STF-8300C. Debayer Mode selector allows you to choose the algorithm used for automatic color conversion. Fast mode produces reasonable color quality at a decent speed. High-Quality mode takes longer to convert the image, but produces images with fewer artifacts from the conversion process.
The Scaling % adjustments allow you to compensate for differing sensitivity between the color planes. You can adjust these while imaging a grey card or the Moon to remove the majority of any intrinsic color imbalance in the camera. Values of 100% result in no change. The scaling values can be typed in or adjusted using the spin controls.
The X Offset and Y Offset selections are used to correct for any misalignment of the color mask in the CCD camera. If Auto Color images exhibit a completely incorrect color rendition, try selecting different combinations of these two options.
Fan Control includes Enable Fan for models that have fan on/off control. In addition, Fan Speed adjustment is available for models that have adjustable fan speed. The Auto selection allows the camera to select the fan speed based on cooler power level. You can also set the fan speed manually. Reducing fan speed will reduce audible noise, and in rare cases vibration, but will reduce the effectiveness of sensor cooling.
The DSS Control dialog allows you to change the current mode of operation of a Deep Space Spectrograph. Clicking the Position Mode button moves the DSS slit out and configures the grating to show the image. Clicking the View Slit Mode button moves the DSS slit into position and configures the grating to show the image. Clicking the Grab Spectra Mode button moves the DSS slit into position and configures the grating to show the spectra.
Exposure Flags: Turning on Wait For Ext Trigger will cause the exposure to wait until the external trigger input is seen by the camera. The exposure is started normally in MaxIm DL, but will not actually start until the trigger input is detected. Refer to the camera manual for information on connecting an external trigger. Please note that some models do not support external triggering.
Customer Options: Turning on Use Window Heater will activate the window heater for models that support this feature. This is used as an anti-fog measure and should only be used if the camera is exposed to a high humidity environment causing the external surface of the chamber window to fog up. If any fogging is observed inside the chamber then the desiccant module needs to be recharged per the camera instruction manual. (Note: Permitting significant moisture accumulation inside the chamber can corrode the sensor or other circuitry and will void your warranty. Be sure to refresh the desiccant plug annually, especially if you are operating in a high humidity environment.)
Important Note: Some SBIG cameras contain interline CCD sensors that can be electronically shuttered, allowing them to achieve shorter exposures than frame-transfer chips, where the exposure duration is limited by the speed of the shutter. Unfortunately, the camera electronics behave differently for short exposures than for longer exposures, producing different bias patterns in the camera images. To successfully calibrate images from these cameras, bias frames cannot be used to calibrate images whose duration is shorter than .12s. These short duration images must be dark subtracted using a dark frame of the same duration as the light frame. Similarly, dark frames exposed for less than .12s cannot be scaled to match light exposures of a longer duration. For longer exposures, all of the calibration options work normally.
Note: The plug-in nominally supports TDI rates from 1 msec to 5 sec per row. However the fastestusablerate is determined by the speed of your computer, and the slowest by the dark current of your camera. With a USB camera on a 1GHz or faster computer, TDI will normally operate well using focal lengths from 400mm to 4000mm.
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Comprehensive Software Support
Every QSI scientific camera is accompanied by a collection of software applications and tools that allow you to begin imaging immediately using Microsoft Windows® or Linux platforms. QSI cameras are supported on the Macintosh by 3rd party applications.
QSI provides robust Application Programming Interfaces (API) for both Windows and Linux environments, enabling commercial customers and end users to write their own custom camera control applications.
The installer includes USB Drivers, User Guides and ASCOM support. You will be able to optionally install native plugins for AstroArt during installation. If you received a complimentary code for SGPro with your camera you can download it here.
Download the latest version of the QSI Installer (.zip) v2020.07.30
Our legacy installer includes our old ASCOM driver QSI Installer(.zip) 30.9MB v184.108.40.206
Windows Microscopy Applications
Plug-in for Micro-Manager
Download cfm computer fuer menschen drivers. µManager is software for control of microscopes. It works with almost all microscopes, cameras and peripherals on the market, and provides an easy to use interface that lets you run your microscopy-based experiments. Together with ImageJ, μManager provides a comprehensive, widely supported, open source, freely available image acquistion and processing solution.
μManager has a simple and clean user interface which allows you to execute common microscope image acquisition strategies such as time-lapses, multi-channel imaging, z-stacks, and combinations thereof. μManager works with microscopes from all four major manufacturers (Leica, Nikon, Olympus and Zeiss), a wide range of scientific cameras and many peripherals used in microscope imaging, such as stages, filter wheels, shutters, etc.
Learn more about μManager
Notes:There are separate plug-ins for 32 and 64-bit version of µManager. It is important that you download the correct QSI µManager plug-in for the version of µManager installed on your system. Note that it’s possible to install and run the 32-bit version of µManager on a 64-bit sytem so best to confirm which version you are running. Since µManager is a written as a plug-in for ImageJ, launch µManager, then select Help > About ImageJ… The 64-bit version will show that you’re running the 64-bit version of Java.
The plug-in requires that the latest version of “QSI USB Drivers and Software” is installed, which can be found above.
Download the 1.4.22 version of the QSI μManager Plug-in (32-bit) (.exe) 7.31MB v1.0
Download the 1.4.22 version of the QSI μManager Plug-in (64-bit) (.exe) 13.88MB v1.0
The current released plug-in is compatible with the current posted stable release of µManager (µManager Release 1.4.22). You will need to install version 1.4.22 of µManager, which can be found here.
Sample LabVIEW vi’s
QSI provides sample VI’s for LabVIEW that can be used as a starting point to develop custom LabVIEW applications using the QSI Windows COM API.
Please contact QSI Support for details.
Sample MATLAB code
QSI provides sample code for controlling QSI cameras from within MATLAB.
Windows Astronomy Applications
QSI cameras are supported by all popular astronomy image acquisition and image processing applications.
Plug-in for Astroart
The Astroart plug-in is included with our latest installer. To learn more go to the Astroart website.
Note: Astroart users-
After installing software release 7.2, you must also install the new Astroart plug-in v7.2
Sequence Generator Pro
Sequence Generator Pro from Main Sequence Software provides complete support for the QSI camera line. With it you can create and execute complex imaging sequences and perform fast “frame and focus” routines (with support for fast download and “draggable” sub-frames).
Learn more from the Main Sequence Software website
TheSkyX Professional from Software Bisque
TheSkyX Pro is a camera and observatory control software from Software Bisque. You must be running TheSkyX Professional version 10.1.11 or later. Support for QSI cameras is included.
AstroPhotography Tool (APT)
Support for QSI cameras is included Astro Photography Tool v2.40 or later.
Download a free demo of Astro Photography Tool from the APT website
Note: APT users —
Native QSI camera control is built into Astro Photography Tool version 2.40 or later.
See the Astro Photography Tool web site for addtional details
Support for QSI cameras is included Images Plus Camera Control version 3.8b or later.
Download a demo of Images Plus Camera Control from the Images Plus website
Note: Images Plus users —
QSI camera control is built into Images Plus Camera Control version 3.80b or later. See the Images Plus website for addtional details
QSI cameras are supported in Stark Labs Nebulosity version 1.7.0 and later and Nebulosity 2, version 2.0.5 and later, and Nebulosity 3.
Download the latest version of Nebulosity directly from the Stark Labs website
Note: Nebulosity users —
Support for QSI cameras is built directly into Nebulosity. After installing software release 5.2, you must also install Nebulosity version 2.1.2 or later. Later versions of Nebulosity (e.g. 2.1.11) support additional features on QSI cameras, but are not yet officially released. If you’d like to download a beta version of Nebulosity you can do so from the Stark Labs Pre-Release page.
QSI cameras are supported in PRiSM versions 7.2.9 or later. PRiSM is an integrated software package that incudes telescope control (telescope,filter wheel, focuser), CCD camera control, preprocessing, processing and analyzing astronomical images, and an efficient Skymap tool.
Learn more and download a 60-day free trial directly from thePRiSM website
Apple mac Applications
QSI cameras are supported on Intel-based Macintosh computers by recent versions of TheSkyX Professional for the Macintosh. Please visit the Software Bisque website for complete details.
QSI cameras are supported on Intel-based Macintosh computers by Nebulosity from Stark Labs. Download the latest version of Nebulosity directly from the Stark Labs website
QSEye & QSEye Lite
QSEye and QSEye Lite (free) provide support for image acquisition from QSI cameras. Both the free and paid versions can be downloaded from the Mac App Store. Additional details can be found on the QSEye website
QSI cameras are supported by INDI (Open Astronomy Instrumentation). Read more about INDI and download the free software from the INDI website
QSI cameras are supported on Linux by GoQAT, a free Open Source Linux application designed to operate a QSI camera, autoguider and telescope. Read more about GoQAT and download the latest version directly from the GoQAT website
QSI cameras are supported by INDI (Open Astronomy Instrumentation). Read more about INDI and download the free driver from the INDI website
Custom Application Development
Windows® Custom Application Development
QSI provides both anASCOM-compatible API (Application Programming Interface) alongside a more traditional C API enabling users to write their own custom camera control applications. The camera control API is an automation component that communicates with the camera device driver and exports a COM automation interface. COM automation provides an interface that allows Microsoft Office, VB, VBA, C++, and other Windows applications to control the camera. Our C API allows you to write your application in any language that can interface with the C language.
Download the QSI Windows SDK
Using the Windows COM API with LabVIEW, MATLAB and other applications
The QSI camera control Windows API is an automation component that communicates with the camera device driver and exports a COM automation interface. The COM automation interface allows custom camera control applications to be developed for use with National Instruments LabVIEW, MathWorks MATLAB and any other application that adhere to the Windows COM interface. QSI has sample VI’s for LabVIEW that can be used as a starting point to develop custom LabVIEW applications. Pleasecontact QSI Support for details.
Linux Custom Application Development
QSI provides a camera control C++ API for Linux users. The API provides full camera control and image capture capabilities via the USB interface. The API is implemented as a shared library providing an easy to use camera object that exposes all of the features and capabilities of the camera. It is well suited for both simple scripting, and more sophisticated imaging application development. The QSI Linux API requires Linux kernel version 2.6 or later configured with libusb. The QSI Linux API is distributed in source code form and can be built using the standard GNU configuration and build tools. See the ChangeLog and README files in the archive for additional details.
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