DSLR functionality

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Re: DSLR functionality

Post by Astrogate » Mon Jun 19, 2017 5:30 pm

Robin, I have tried the Atik ASCOM driver with my Infinity camera using the latest Sharpcap software and there seems to be an issue with S/N. With the same exposure time as I use with the Infinity software the image in Sharpcap is way too dark even when adjusting the histogram. I much prefer to use the Infinity software with that camera.

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Re: DSLR functionality

Post by admin » Mon Jun 19, 2017 8:20 pm

Hi Chris,

The Atik issue may be something quite simple like the scaling of the brightness in the frame being incorrect, but it's tricky to tell what as I don't have an Atik camera to test with. Would you be in a position to run the Ascom Conformance checker (http://ascom-standards.org/Developer/Conformance.htm) on the camera and post the results? They contain useful information like the below, which might just hold some clues

cheers,

Robin

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21:17:14.812 MaxBinX                         OK       2
21:17:14.819 MaxBinY                         OK       2
21:17:14.823 BinX Read                       OK       1
21:17:14.829 BinY Read                       OK       1
21:17:14.837 BinX Write                      OK       Exception correctly generated on setting BinX to 0
21:17:14.841 BinX Write                      OK       Exception correctly generated on setting BinX to 3
21:17:14.847 BinY Write                      OK       Exception correctly generated on setting BinY to 0
21:17:14.851 BinY Write                      OK       Exception correctly generated on setting BinY to 3
21:17:14.854 BinXY Write                     OK       Successfully set symmetric xy binning: 1 x 1
21:17:14.859 BinXY Write                     OK       Successfully set symmetric xy binning: 2 x 2
21:17:14.864 CameraState                     OK       cameraIdle
21:17:14.869 CameraXSize                     OK       1280
21:17:14.874 CameraYSize                     OK       960
21:17:14.881 CCDTemperature                  OK       Optional member threw a PropertyNotImplementedException exception.
21:17:14.887 CoolerOn Read                   OK       Optional member threw a PropertyNotImplementedException exception.
21:17:14.892 CoolerOn Write                  INFO     Skipping test as unable to read cooler state
21:17:14.897 CoolerPower                     OK       Optional member threw a PropertyNotImplementedException exception.
21:17:14.902 ElectronsPerADU                 OK       1
21:17:14.907 FullWellCapacity                OK       10000
21:17:14.912 HasShutter                      OK       False
21:17:14.918 HeatSinkTemperature             OK       Optional member threw a PropertyNotImplementedException exception.
21:17:14.923 ImageReady                      OK       False
21:17:14.929 ImageArray                      OK       Exception correctly generated when ImageReady is false
21:17:14.938 ImageArrayVariant               OK       Exception correctly generated when ImageReady is false
21:17:15.396 IsPulseGuiding                  OK       False
21:17:15.424 MaxADU                          OK       255
21:17:15.439 NumX Read                       OK       1280
21:17:15.455 NumX write                      OK       Successfully wrote 640
21:17:15.461 NumY Read                       OK       960
21:17:15.472 NumY write                      OK       Successfully wrote 480

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Re: DSLR functionality

Post by Astrogate » Tue Jun 27, 2017 6:30 pm

Robin I would be happy to try it out for you on my next outing, and I will post the results.

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Re: DSLR functionality

Post by ramdom » Wed Jul 05, 2017 4:27 am

+1 for the DLSR functionality. It would be great if we could use a DSLR like we do a AP camera with Sharpcap, and Canon would be my first choice also. I am currently using a QHY163M and a T7i for OSC and AFAIK, there's nothing that can do the live stacking that Sharpcap does for a DSLR. Since they both have CMOS chips,

I think the live stacking would be my preferred feature, over the video. I did use Sharpcap to capture some videos of the sun today but that can be done with many applications, and then the frames stacked with software like AutoStakkert or Registax in a fairly automated fashion. But live stacking of images with dark frame subtraction I think is a very novel utility. The only other application I know that does live stacking is Starlight Live (which I've used extensively previously) and that only works on SX cameras. And since I started my AP/EAA with that, I find manual stacking using software like Nebulosity very cumbersome and not as good (in my hands) as the automagic live stacking that occurs in Sharpcap.

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Re: DSLR functionality

Post by Shirva » Sat Aug 19, 2017 8:59 am

Yet another +1 for dslr and sharpcap​, like others I use byeos and astrotoaster and don't have any problems using it, but as chris says it would be good just to have one programme that can do it all.
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Re: DSLR functionality

Post by admin » Sat Aug 19, 2017 2:51 pm

Thanks for the further feedback folks.

Sadly the support for Canon DSLRs is not going to make it into the next (3.1) release purely because it would delay the release too much. Hopefully I will find time to do it for SharpCap 3.2.

Just to give an indication, I'm hoping to make a public beta of 3.1 available at around the time of the IAS show (mid october, http://www.ukastroshow.com/).

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Re: DSLR functionality

Post by Shirva » Thu Aug 24, 2017 10:14 pm

Great stuff robin,, looking forward to it. myself and a few others on VAF looking to dive right in when it's available.
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Re: DSLR functionality

Post by astronewbie » Thu Sep 07, 2017 6:30 pm

+1 for DSLR functionality. I have the Canon T5i..
Would open up worlds of convenience and functionality if this was supported in SharpCap.
Thanks!

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Re: DSLR functionality

Post by TinySpeck » Fri Nov 03, 2017 11:02 pm

+1 for Canon functionality! I'm a newbie getting started on astrophotography & electronically-assisted astronomy. I just got a Canon 100D and would love to use it with SharpCap. It is such an impressive program! I would certainly buy the Pro version to get the polar alignment, live stacking, and all the other cool capabilities. Till then I will need to work with Backyard EOS & AstroTortilla, which is a good solution but not nearly as elegant as SharpCap. I'm not even sure I can get it all figured out before Canon support in SharpCap, which looks like it's coming soon.

I am mainly interested in relatively long exposure DSO stacking right now, mostly because I don't have a view to the ecliptic from my garden. :cry:

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Re: DSLR functionality

Post by astronewbie » Fri Nov 17, 2017 8:41 pm

<bump> for Canon DSLR support next. There may be an even larger community of users with this. Thanks!

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