Sbig Driver

  • SBIG 64 Bit Driver Checker is typically installed in the C: Program Files (x86) SBIG Driver Checker 64 directory, however this location can differ a lot depending on the user's choice when installing the application. The full command line for uninstalling SBIG 64 Bit Driver Checker is C: Program Files (x86) SBIG Driver Checker 64 unins000.exe.
  • Installing the SBIG USB Drivers Page 10 4. Uncheck all the options other than “Specify a location” as shown below: then click the Next button. As shown below click the Browse button then navigate to the My Computer C: Program Files SBIG Driver Checker SBIG Drivers directory. Expand each section by clicking on the “+” next to the name.

Supported devices

Dghent is looking into creating an ASCOM driver for the SBIG and if successful we could use these cameras with the newer image capture software like NINA and Voyager (without needing TheSkyX or MaximDL). I've made some progress on a SBIG ASCOM driver. SBIG Driver Checker's primary file takes about 120.00 KB (122880 bytes) and its name is SBIGDriverChecker.exe. SBIG Driver Checker contains of the executables below. They occupy 194.95 KB (199625 bytes) on disk. SBIGDriverChecker.exe (120.00 KB) unins000.exe (74.95 KB) This info is about SBIG Driver Checker version 1.5.3.24 alone.

All SBIG CCD USB and Ethernet cameras along with connected to them filter wheels and adaptive optics. Delcom products driver.

This driver supports hot-plug (multiple devices).

Supported platforms

This driver depends on 3rd party library and is supported on Linux (Intel 32/64 bit and ARM v6+) and MacOS.

License

INDIGO Astronomy open-source license (3rd party library is closed source).

Use

indigo_server indigo_ccd_sbig

Status: Stable

Driver is developed and tested with:

  • SBIG ST-2000XCM
  • SBIG ST-7XE
  • SBIG CFW-8A
  • SBIG AO-7
  • SBIG Camera Simulator

NOTES

Legacy Filter wheels

CFW8 and CFW6A are legacy filter wheels and can not be auto detected. In order to usethem one should set environment variable SBIG_LEGACY_CFW to CFW8 or CFW6A like:

export SBIG_LEGACY_CFW=CFW8

This will expose the device even it is not really present.

AO-7

AO-8 and later are auto detected, but AO-7 cannot be auto detected. In order to use itone should set environment variable SBIG_LEGACY_AO to AO7 like:

export SBIG_LEGACY_AO=AO7

This will expose the device even if it is not really present.

MacOS SDK distributed separately (MacOS only)

On MacOS the driver requires the SDK provided by the camera manufacturer:ftp://ftp.sbig.com/pub/SBIGDriverInstallerUniv.dmg

This third party software is not digitally signed by the vendor, therefore it may fail to load the camerafirmware when camera is connected on the recent versions of MacOSX without disabling some security featuresof the operating system. If you are affected, please refer to Apple documentation how to enable loading ofunsigned kernel extensions.

Camera & Video Drivers

ASCOM Video Collection by Video Standard Author (external link)
Drivers for video cameras as well as a C# client reference implementation for using video via ACSCOM and some anecdotal info on the 2 year development of this new ASCOM Standard and tools.
Celestron Nightscape Cameras (external link)
Drivers for Celestron Nightscape cameras are available from the manufacturer.
Diffraction Limited (external link)
ASCOM Drivers for SBIG Aluma CCD cameras, SBIG Aluma AC-series SCMOS cameras, SBIG STC-series cameras using the DL Imaging Drivers.
Finger Lakes Instrumentation (external link)
Drivers for Finger Lakes cameras are available from the manufacturer.
IDS, AVT/Prosilica and Basler fast cameras (external link)
ASCOM drivers for IDS, AVT/Prosilica and Basler fast cameras. You can find the compatibility matrix on Genika Astro web site (button on the right). They support Binning 1 and 2, AoI and gain setting in 8 bits mode. AVT requires UNI SDK 2.1; Basler the Pylon 3.2 and IDS the uEye SDK 4.2. All require the .NET SDK version.
Panasonic Lumix (external link)
Drivers for the Panasonic Lumix cameras. The button leads to the GitHub site with documentation and a video tutorial. Scroll down to see the intaller link.
Orion StarShoot Family (external link)
Drivers for several models of Orion's astrophotography cameras are available from the manufacturer.

Big Driver On Lifetime

Quantum Scientific (external link)
Drivers for Quantum Scientific cameras are available from the manufacturer.
Big driver on lifetime
Raspberry Pi 12MB Color Sensor (external link)
Since May 1st 2020 a High Quality camera sensor was released for the Raspberry Pi. This 12 MB sensor is now made available for ASCOM clients via this ASCOM driver which enables applications to make color images of up to 240 seconds duration. The sensor (separately available) provides a low entry astrophotography high resolution color camera. Instructions for installing and running this software is included in the included readme file.

Sbig Driver Checker 64

Starlight XPress (external link)
Drivers for Starlight XPress cameras are availble from Dad Dog Development, Ltd.