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to use Meade DSI or DSI Pro cameras with K3CCDTools
Meade DSI and DSI Pro cameras are supported in K3CCDTools
1, Start K3CCDTools
and open the Settings Dialog using the tool-button:
2, Select the Camera
section and set the Normal camera:
3, Select the Meade
DSI sub-section in the Camera section and set
For monochrome DSI Pro your settings
should be following:
You can select High Quality preview if you have a
faster computer. Using the Fast Preview quality can
increase capture frame rate especially during planetary
4, Save settings by pressing the OK button. The Settings dialog will be closed then.
5, Open the Telescope
and Camera Settings dialog using the tool-button:
6, In this
dialog you can find 2 predefined DSI settings. For
capturing process select the 8" LX200 F10 + DSI (Capturing)
Now you can edit your scope diameter, focal length and Barlow/Reducer. Then save your new setting - by using the Save As tool-button.
In Device menu you must select the Meade DSI
interface. After choosing Meade DSI device you
will see the list of actually plugged DSI cameras. The
camera names listed in this list can be set in the
original Meade Envisage software. In the following
picture you can see the Meade DSI interface with one
attached camera – DSI1:
When you check the DSI1 item, then the camera is activated. When you uncheck the DSI1 camera, then it is deactivated and it can be used by another application.
K3CCTools remembers the lastly used interface and activated camera. It means, when you close K3CCDTools while your DSI camera is activated, then it is also activated after the next K3CCDTools start.
When you choose (check) a particular camera from the
list, then this camera is activated and you can see the DSI
You can switch on and off this dialog by pressing the
DSI Control Panel tool button in the main toolbar. The
DSI Control Panel can be also recalled by using the menu
Video Capture | DSI Control Panel....
The DSI Control Panel can work in 3 modes:
a, Short Exposure mode - this mode is
dedicated for exposures from 0.1ms - 1000ms:
b, Long Exposures mode - this mode
covers exposures from 0.5s up to 180s:
c, All Exposures mode - this mode
offers whole Meade DSI exposure range from 0.1ms – 1
hour. This mode is dedicated for some scientific usage of
camera (you can set the camera exposure time with 0.1ms
precision in whole its range):
You can use the Record button in the same way like in Long Exposure
Dialog (used for SC modified cameras) - including the Pause
(right mouse click on the Record button).
DSI Camera Controls
DSI Control Panel offers also other useful controls – you can set the number of captured frames by using the Repeat Count control. Also you can set the Frame Alarm after capturing a certain number of frames. Finally DSI Control Panel offers you the Live Histogram dialog for proper exposure setting and choosing the best preview.
K3CCDTools captures RAW 16-bit DSI frames into
AVI file. I developed a special K3CC AVI codec
which is installed together with K3CCDTools and enables
to view the captured data e.g. in Windows Media Player.
When you process DSI captured frames from color camera,
you must set the DSI de-Bayer filter to see the frames in
You can start capturing by pressing the Record
button. The capturing stops when you press
the Record button again. You can pause
capturing process by right clicking the Record button
during capturing. By another right clicking the Record
button the capturing will continue. It's recommended to
use the Big Display, which informs you
about capturing status and number of captured frames.
Note: You can use all known tools with the DSI camera:
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Last Update: 03.01.2006