Buy the optional TheSkyX Professional Edition Camera Add On


Standard Features

The optional Camera Add On to TheSkyX Professional Edition offers integrated telescope, camera, focuser, filter wheel, rotator and AO device control for your Mac or Windows computer and includes the following features:

 

 

Feature

Control any two supported cameras simultaneously; one for imaging and one for autoguiding.

Autoguide and acquire FITS photos.

Perform automated focus (using @Focus2).

Graph autoguiding metrics, including a 3D graph of the guide star, HFD, guider errors and more.

Acquire an unlimited number of series of photos, each with different exposure times, filter wheel settings, calibration and more to automate LRGB or any other filter sequence.

Automatically save photos (with highly flexible and configurable names and folders).

Dithering built in.

Create and apply calibration frames.

Reduce photos (apply dark frame, bias and flat frames) using multiple CPUs when available.

Allows TheSkyX to provide, native, standalone, automated pointing calibration runs (the optional TPoint Add On required) for telescope modeling. 

Allows TheSkyX to automatically determine your image scale with a single button click.

Scripted device control and image acquisition (using Java script on Mac/Windows or COM automation on Windows).

Telescope's coordinates are automatically added to the FITS header

Adjust photos' white and black points using a graphical histogram control.

Natively control many commercial cameras, focusers, filter wheels, AO devices, and rotators, on Mac or Windows.

Control all ASCOM-compliant hardware (Windows only).

 

Natively Supported Cameras

Other Natively Supported Devices

Non-Natively Supported Cameras

Other Non-Natively Supported Devices


Natively Supported Cameras

TheSkyX Professional Edition Camera Add On natively supports the following cameras.

 

Camera Manufacturer/Model

Apogee Instruments cameras (Alta and later models only)

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ATIK cameras

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Canon EOS cameras2

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Finger Lakes Instruments (FLI) cameras

Moravian Instruments cameras3

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Orion Starshoot Autoguider (SSAG)

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QHYCCD

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Quantum Scientific Imaging (QSI) cameras4

Santa Barbara Instrument Group (SBIG) all models

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Starlight Xpress Cameras (Lodestar/CoStar/Superstar/Ultrastar/SXVR/Trius models)

Any camera that has a plug-in that adheres to the X2 Standard

Simulated camera6

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Video cameras7

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ZWO cameras

 

1 The ATIK Mac camera driver must be downloaded and installed from the ATIK web site.

 

2The Camera Add On supports Digic III, IV and V model Canon EOS cameras, including:

 

3The X2 Plug Ins for Moravian Instruments cameras are distributed by Moravian Instruments, and must be downloaded and installed separately: Mac/Windows

 

4The Windows QSI camera and filter wheel X2 Plug In must be downloaded and installed separately from QSI's web site.  The QSI camera and filter wheel X2 Plug In is included with the latest update and the latest daily build.

 

5SBIG DEVICE SUPPORT ON MACOS DISCLAIMER: The SBIG camera drivers are not digitally signed, so System Integrity Protection (SIP) prevents successful installation on macOS el Capitan and later.  Please read this support post for instructions how to disable SIP on macOS so that the SBIG driver can be installed to allow SBIG device control.

 

6Camera simulator can acquire photos from the Digitized Sky Survey (web-based, RealSky, or from the 10x DSS on the TheSkyX Pro Database Add On).

 

7TheSkyX Pro Camera Add On for Windows can take photos from any video device that supports the Windows DirectShow media streaming architecture.

 


Non-Natively Supported Cameras

On Windows, the Camera Add On additionally supports third-party camera drivers.

 

Third-Party Driver Model/Software

All ASCOM-compatible cameras

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Any camera controlled by MaxIm DL

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Starlight Xpress cameras6

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6Download the Starlight Xpress ASCOM camera driver from the Starlight Xpress web site.


Other Natively Supported Devices

The Camera Add On natively supports adaptive optics devices, filter wheels, focusers and rotators.

Adaptive Optics

Manufacturer/Model

SBIG AO, all models, including AO with STT model cameras

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Filter Wheels

Manufacturer/Model

Apogee Instruments Filter Wheels (all models)

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ATIK Filter Wheels (all models)

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FLI Filter Wheels (all models)

Moravian Filter Wheels2

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QSI Filter Wheels (all models)

SBIG Filter Wheels (all models)

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Starlight Xpress SX USB Filter Wheel

XAGYL3

Focusers

Manufacturer/Model

AAF2 Focuser Controller

FLI Atlas Focusers (all models)

Focuser Simulator

Moonlite Focuser

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Moonlite NightCrawler

nStep Focuser Controller

Officina Stellare RotoFocus

Pegasus Astro Focuser Controllers

Pulse Focusers controlled by Astro-Physics, Gemini, Meade, and Paramount mounts

RoboFocus Focuser Controller

Starlight Xpress FeatherTouch focusers using the MicroTouch Autofocus unit

 

Rotators

 

Manufacturer/Model

Officina Stellare RotoFocus

Moonlite NightCrawler

Optec Gemini

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Optec Pyxis

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Rotator Simulator

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1SBIG DEVICE SUPPORT ON MACOS DISCLAIMER: The SBIG camera drivers are not digitally signed, so System Integrity Protection (SIP) prevents successful installation on macOS el Capitan and later.  Please read this support post for instructions how to disable SIP on macOS so that the SBIG driver can be installed to allow SBIG device control.

 

2Download the Moravian Filer Wheel X2 Plug In from the Moravian web site: Windows (scroll down on this page to access the link).

 

3Open-source X2 Dome Plug Ins from RTI-Zone must be downloaded and installed separately.

 


Other Non-Native Supported Devices

On Windows, the Camera Add On additionally supports third-party devices.

 

Device

Third-Party Driver Model/Software

Focusers

All ASCOM-compatible (Windows only) focusers

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Filter Wheels

All ASCOM-compatible (Windows only) filter wheels

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Rotators

All ASCOM-compatible (Windows only) rotators

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