Downloading the QHYCCD X2 Camera Plug In

How to Download and Install the QHYCCD X2 Camera Plug In

The following page describes how to download the latest QHYCCD X2 Camera Plug In for macOS, Linux (ARM and x86) and Windows operating systems.  

 

Note that QHYCCD develops and distributes the QHYCCD X2 Plug Ins and may periodically update them as necessary, so that the latest TheSkyX Pro installer may not necessarily include the latest QHYCCD X2 Plug Ins.  

 

How to download and install the macOS QHYCCD X2 Camera Plug In

How to download and install the Linux (ARM and x86) QHYCCD X2 Camera Plug In

How to download and install the Windows QHYCCD X2 Camera Plug In

How to configure TheSkyX to use a QHYCCD camera

 

How to Download and Install the macOS QHYCCD X2 Camera Plug In

To download and install the latest macOS QHYCCD X2 Camera Plug In:

 

  1. From a web browser visit the QHYCCD Developer Support page.

  2. Under the Developer tab click The SkyX Software Plug-in of QHYCCD SDK link.

  3. Under Download, click [sic] MacOs to download the archive that contains the macOS X2 Plug In installer.

  4. From Finder, open the Downloads folder and double-click the file named MACOS_TheSkyX_PlugIn_<Version Number Here>.tgz, where <Version Number Here> is the version of the most recent installer.  The name of the archive as of this writing is MACOS_TheSkyX_Plugin_V20190628_0.tgz.

  5. From Finder, in the Downloads folder, open the folder named MACOS_THESKYX_PLUGIN_V... to view in the camera plug in installer. The folder contains a file named:

    • install.sh - This file is the installer that must be run to install the X2 Plug In.  Before this installer can be run, you must modify the file's attributes as described below!

    • uninstall.sh - This script uninstalls the QHYCCD plug in.

  6. From Finder, navigate to the Applications > Utilities folder, and double-click the Terminal application.

  7. From the Terminal window, use the cd command to navigate to the folder where the archive resides in the above step resides (for example, if the browser saved the file to the default folder, for the latest release as of this writing, type cd ~/Downloads/MAC_OS_TheSkyX_Plugin_V20190628_0.  

  8. Make the installer script executable by typing chmod +x install.sh <Return> and then run the installer by typing ./install.bin <Enter>.   Enter the administrative password and press Return to complete the installation.

  9. From TheSkyX Pro, click Telescope > Telescope Setup.

  10. On the Imaging System Setup window, double-click Camera under Imaging System.

  11. On the Choose Camera window, expand QHYCCD, and select QHYCCD Camera for all QHYCCD model cameras.  

 

 

 

How to Download and Install the Linux (ARM and x86) QHYCCD X2 Camera Plug In

To download the latest Linux and Raspbian (Raspberry Pi) QHYCCD X2 Camera Plug In:

 

  1. From a web browser visit the QHYCCD Developer Support page.

  2. Under the Developer tab click The SkyX Software Plug-in of QHYCCD SDK link.

  3. Under Download, click Linux, Linux_64, or RPI3 (32-bit ARM) to download the archive that contains the respective X2 Plug In installer.

  4. From Finder, open the Downloads folder and double-click the file named:

    • Linux_x64: LINUX_X64_TheSkyX_PlugIn_<Version Number Here>.tgz, where <Version Number Here> is the version of the most recent installer.  

    • Linux: LINUX_TheSkyX_PlugIn_<Version Number Here>.tgz, where <Version Number Here> is the version of the most recent installer.

    • RPI3: RPI3_TheSkyX_PlugIn_<Version Number Here>.tgz, where <Version Number Here> is the version of the most recent installer.

  5. From Finder, in the Downloads folder, open the folder named MACOS_THESKYX_PLUGIN_V... to view in the camera plug in installer. The folder contains a file named:

    • install.sh - This file is the installer that must be run to install the X2 Plug In.  Before this installer can be run, you must modify the file's attributes as described below!

    • uninstall.sh - This script uninstalls the QHYCCD plug in.

  6. Open the Terminal application.

  7. From the Terminal window, use the cd command to navigate to the folder where the archive resides in the above step resides (for example, if the browser saved the file to the default folder, for the latest release as of this writing, type cd ~/Downloads/MAC_OS_TheSkyX_Plugin_V20190628_0.  

  8. Make the installer script executable by typing chmod +x install.sh <Return> and then run the installer by typing ./install.bin <Enter>.   Enter the administrative password and press Return to complete the installation.

  9. From TheSkyX Pro, click Telescope > Telescope Setup.

  10. On the Imaging System Setup window, double-click Camera under Imaging System.

  11. On the Choose Camera window, expand QHYCCD, and select QHYCCD Camera for all QHYCCD model cameras.  

 

 

How to Download and Install the Windows QHYCCD X2 Camera Plug In

To download the latest Windows QHYCCD X2 Camera Plug In:

 

    1. From a web browser visit the QHYCCD Developer Support page.

    2. Under the Developer tab click The SkyX Software Plug-in of QHYCCD SDK link.

    3. Under Download, click Windows_x86_x64 to download the archive that contains the Windows X2 Plug In installer.

    4. From Windows Explorer, open the Downloads folder and double-click the file named WINDOWS_TheSkyX_PlugIn_<Version Number Here>.tgz, where <Version Number Here> is the version of the most recent installer.  The name of the archive as of this writing is WINDOWS_TheSkyX_Plugin_V20190628_0.tgz.

    5. Run the installer to install the plug in.

    6. From TheSkyX Pro, click Telescope > Telescope Setup.

    7. On the Imaging System Setup window, double-click Camera under Imaging System.

    8. On the Choose Camera window, expand QHYCCD, and select ASI Camera (the only option) for all ASI model cameras.  (See Figure 6 below.)

 

 


Configuring TheSkyX to use a QHYCCD Model Cameras

The screen capture below shows how to choose your QHYCCD model camera from TheSkyX's Telescope > Telescope Setup window.

 

Figure 1: Selecting a QHYCCD camera or autoguider from TheSkyX Pro.