Control/Device Setup

 

Camera Control selects the program you want to use to control your CCD camera.  Based on your selection, some items throughout CCD Commander can change.

 

Special Note: There is two selections in the Camera Control drop-down menu for CCDSoft.  One is "CCDSoft v5" and the other is "CCDSoft v5 (w/AO)".  This latter option should be selected when you are using any of the AO devices in CCDSoft in order to achieve the maximum guide rate possible.

 

The Filters list shows the current filters installed in your filter wheel (if available).  If you do not have a filter wheel, the Filters list should be empty.  You can automatically pull the filter definitions from your camera control program by using the Get Filters from... button.  If you want to define the filter names in CCD Commander manually, you can use the Add Filter and the Delete Filter buttons.  To change the description of a filter already in the list, simply double click on the filter in the list.

 

Checking Ignore "Star Faded" messages from MaxIm/DL will disable the feature where CCD Commander checks the "Star Faded" messages sent by MaxIm/DL.

 

Disable dummy image on filter change will prevent CCD Commander from taking a dummy image to force a filter change.  For cameras with filter wheels checking this option may cause problems when changing filters.  For other cameras that use filters as a way to use some other functionality (i.e. ISO with a DSLR), this option may improve performance.

 

The Guider is Internal Guider checkbox should be checked if you are using a self-guiding SBIG camera.  CCD Commander needs to adjust its control of the guider when a self-guided camera is in use.

 

Mount Control selects the program used to control the mount.  If you are using the ASCOM Driver, you must use the Configure button to choose which driver you want CCD Commander to use.

 

Planetarium selects the program to use for the planetarium functions (object catalogs, FOVI position angles, etc.)  If you select None here, some functions in CCD Commander may be disabled.

 

Focuser Control selects the program used to control the focuser.  If you do not have, or do not want to use an automatic focus routine you can set this to None.

 

Instrument Rotator selects the type of rotator you are using.  If you do not have a rotator you can set this to None.  When you select a rotator, the Rotator tab will become enabled.  If you select the RCOS PIR  you should use the Configure button to setup the driver.

 

Dome Control selects the type of dome control interface in use.  If you do not have a dome, or you are going to use a custom dome control set this to None.  When you select a dome control interface, the Dome tab will become enabled.  If you select the ASCOM Driver, you must use the Configure button to choose which driver you want CCD Commander to use.

 

Cloud Sensor selects the cloud sensor you are using.  If you do not have a cloud sensor, set this to None.  When you select a cloud sensor, the Cloud Monitor tab will become enabled.