CCD Control Plug-ins

CCD Control Plug-ins
CCD Control Plug-ins
For MSB Astroart 5.0 / 4.0 under WindowsTM 7, Vista, XP.
Version 2.70 for Canon DSLR cameras bundled with "Canon utilities" or "ZoomBrowser /
Remote Shooting", e.g. 1100D, 1000D, 600D, 550D, 500D, 450D, 400D, 350D and many
others.
License
This driver is copyrighted freeware. This means that this driver can be freely copied, but not
sold or used as a separate product. This driver should be used only with Astroart software, by
the owner of the Astroart license.
This driver, its documentation and the gwiopm.sys driver (created by Graham Wideman) are
provided "AS IS". It's not guaranteed that they will work properly on all PCs and all CCD
cameras and related hardware. This driver and its documentation are provided without
warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including the fitness for every purpose.In no
event shall MSB software be liable to you for any special, consequential, indirect, or similar
damages, including any lost profits or lost data arising out of the use or inability to use this
product even if MSB software has been advised of the possibility of such damages. Some
jurisdictions do not allow the limitation or exclusion of liability for incidental or consequential
damages so the above limitation may not apply to you. In no case shall the MSB software
liability exceed the purchase price for the product. MSB Software will help to solve the most
common problems related to the setup of this driver and the host PC, but it's not guaranteed
that this driver is able to work on all systems.
If you don't accept these terms don't install the driver in the system.
The library dcphoto.dll about CRW import is based on "dcdraw" by Dave Coffin.
Installation
To install this plug-in copy the files d_canon.dll, dcphoto.dll and canon-readme.pdf into
the Astroart directory.
Remember to install also the Canon Utilities, from the Canon Solution Disk bundled with your
camera, e.g. “EOS utilities” and/or “ZoomBrowserEx” depending your camera model.
Setup

Turn on your DSLR camera
and connect it to the PC (don’t
launch Astroart yet). The
following Dialog Window will
appear. (If you are using an old
DSLR like the 350D the
window may be different), then
click Remote Shooting. If this
window does not show up, you
may launch Remote Shooting
from ZoomBrowserEx or from
the Windows’ Start Menu: Canon Utilities/EOS Utility.

The Remote Shooting program will show up. You may
set your camera to mode “M” which supports Bulb mode
and RAW file format. Start an exposure clicking the round
button and verify that all is OK. (If you are using an older
camera the user interface of Remote Shooting may be
different).

Open Astroart, click the Menu “Plugins/CCD camera”
select "CANON" and click “Setup” or “Check CCD”. The
following dialog window will show up:

If your camera is set in Bulb mode click the checkbox “Bulb mode”. This mode is
recommended but older cameras (example: EOS 350D) do not support this mode without
using an external cable.

Temporary folder (Destination
folder): write here the same
folder set in Remote Shooting.
To find out this folder click
“Preferences..”
then
select
“Destination folder”. Disable all
“subfolder options”.

Camera name: write here the
camera name as it appears in
Remote Shooting (e.g. EOS
450D, EOS 500D and so on).

Click “Connect”. If Remote
Shooting is not recognized then the Camera Name is probably not correct.

Start an exposure with Astroart and verify that the shutter of the camera is properly
controlled. After a few seconds the image will be displayed inside Astroart. If you get an
empty image with a green cross then the “destination folder” or “bulb mode” is not correct.
Check them in Astroart and Remote Shooting.

If some other Canon software become visible after the exposure (ZoomBrowser, Digital
Photo, Picture Viewer, etc.) You may minimize it to icon or just drag it outside the
Windows desktop as shown in the following image:
Options

Shutter control. Select "Remote Shooting" to send the exposure commands via USB.
Select "Serial/parallel port" to use a custom cable (bulb mode) driven by the RTS or D0
line . Select "Manual" to operate a bulb cable by hand. Select DSUSB to use the excellent
Shoestring DS-USB bulb cable. See: http://www.shoestringastronomy.com/

Ambient temperature. Choose a temperature to be stored in the FITS header.

RAW automatic color synthesis (not recommended). Enables the RAW conversion to
RGB. If you don't enable this option you will get a grayscale image with Bayer pattern,
which can be later color-synthesized with the command "CCD color synthesis", with many
more options to correct hot pixels.

RAW antialias in binning 1x1 (not recommended). Enables a further antialiasing for
RAW conversion to RGB. The image quality may improve slightly, but the download time
increases.

RAW white balance. If enabled (default) the RAW files will be converted with care of the
original white balance.

Save sequences in Canon format. This option is supported only by the CCD Interface
4.0 or newer. If enabled, all images taken during sequences are saved in compressed
.crw or .cr2 to save disk space.

Double click delay for mirror lock. Enables the mirror lock to reduce vibrations. This
command is very useful for planetary and lunar imaging.
Binning
Here you can select an extra binning factor (the main binning of the camera must be set in
Remote Capture).

Binning (1x1). This is the standard mode, which provides the standard resolution of the
image.

Binning (2x2). Four pixels are software summed into one, and the dynamic of every
image increases from 12 to 14 bit or 14 to 16 bit.
History
2005/01/05: 1.00, The first release.
2005/01/12: 1.50, Focus and parallel port cable.
2005/04/18: 1.60, Fixed a bug in RAW format of EOS 20D.
2005/09/15: 1.61, CR2 file support.
2006/12/23: 1.80, Added support for the DSUSB cable.
2007/06/12: 1.90, Option for RAW color synthesis.
2009/04/30: 1.95, New cameras supported.
2009/06/03: 2.00, Option for mirror lock.
2010/09/09: 2.50, New cameras supported, USB Bulb mode.
2011/04/30: 2.60, Improved control for the 550D.
2011/09/29: 2.70, New cameras supported.
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