Micro-EX User Manual
Micro-EX Camera
Revision Sheet
[Version 1.0]
Michael Burns
Rock Mallin
[Micro-EX User Manual]
This document will introduce you to the wonders of the MallinCam Micro-EX Camera.
It will include instructions on how to connect the Micro-EX to your computer along
with explanations of the camera’s various settings. Imaging techniques with the
various hardware and software options will be covered. The standard Composite
Video output will be discussed along with hints and suggestions on how to resolve any
problems that you encounter with this camera. Enjoy the adventure with Rock Mallin’s
Micro-EX Video camera, which will introduce you to the amazing field of near Real
Time video imaging.
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Revision Sheet
Revision History
Version
Date
Revision Description
1.0
6/05/2014
Template Creation and Micro-EX Wired
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Table of Contents
Contents
Revision History ................................................................................................................................... ii
Table of Contents .......................................................................................................................... 0
1.
Introduction ............................................................................................................................ 2
The Contents of the Micro-EX Package ................................................................................ 3
MallinCam Micro-EX Deluxe Package ................................................................................................. 3
Micro-EX Optional Cables: ................................................................................................................... 3
MallinCam Micro-EX with Wired Remote Package ............................................................................. 3
The Camera (Just the Facts) ................................................................................................... 5
The Camera (its Anatomy) ....................................................................................................... 6
2.
Making Connections ............................................................................................................. 7
The Camera (Connection Diagram) ........................................................................................ 7
Connecting Micro-EX to Monitor.......................................................................................................... 7
Composite .............................................................................................................................................. 7
Micro-EX Wired Remote ....................................................................................................................... 8
Power ..................................................................................................................................................... 8
Connecting the Micro-EX to your Computer for Video ......................................................... 9
Software Requirements: ......................................................................................................................... 9
Hardware Requirements ......................................................................................................................... 9
Attaching the Video Cable to Micro-EX ............................................................................................. 10
.................................................................................................................................................... 10
Checking out the Micro-EX for the First Time .................................................................................... 11
3.
Operating the Micro-EX ...................................................................................... 15
Imaging Methods: .................................................................................................................... 15
Fixed: ................................................................................................................................................... 15
Extended: ............................................................................................................................................. 16
Stacking: .............................................................................................................................................. 16
Amp Glow and Warm Pixels ............................................................................................................... 16
Controlling the Micro-EX by Hand........................................................................................ 18
The Moon (Fixed Exposure) ................................................................................................................ 18
A Bright Star or Bright Deep Sky Object (Extended Exposure) .......................................................... 24
Deep Sky Objects (Stacking Method) .................................................................................................. 29
Controlling Micro-EX by Computer ...................................................................................... 34
Software Requirements: ....................................................................................................................... 34
Attaching the RS485 Cable .................................................................................................................. 35
Using MControlMicro Software to control the Micro-EX ................................................................... 35
Installing ........................................................................................................................................... 35
Starting Micro-EX Software ............................................................................................................ 36
Connecting to Night Skies Network (NSN) ......................................................................................... 38
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Appendix ........................................................................................................... 45
Appendix A – On Screen Display (OSD) Menu .................................................................. 45
MENU.................................................................................................................................................. 45
EXPOSURE MAIN ............................................................................................................................. 45
EXPOSURE ......................................................................................................................................... 45
NORMAL ............................................................................................................................................ 45
BLC (Black Light Compensation) ....................................................................................................... 46
WDR (White Dynamic Range) ............................................................................................................ 46
SENSE UP ........................................................................................................................................... 47
AGC ..................................................................................................................................................... 48
LENS ................................................................................................................................................... 49
BRIGHTNESS ..................................................................................................................................... 50
EXIT .................................................................................................................................................... 50
COLOR ................................................................................................................................................ 51
AWC (Auto White Compensation) ...................................................................................................... 51
PUSH ................................................................................................................................................... 52
DAY&NIGHT ..................................................................................................................................... 53
EFFECT ............................................................................................................................................... 55
MOTION ............................................................................................................................................. 57
PRIVACY ............................................................................................................................................ 57
ENHANCE .......................................................................................................................................... 58
GAMMA.............................................................................................................................................. 58
3D-DNR ............................................................................................................................................... 59
MONITOR ........................................................................................................................................... 59
DPC...................................................................................................................................................... 60
SYSTEM.............................................................................................................................................. 60
EXIT .................................................................................................................................................... 61
Appendix B – On Screen Display (OSD) MAP.................................................................... 62
Appendix C – Installing the MCV .......................................................................................... 65
Appendix D – Installing RS485 Communications ................................................................. 68
RS485 Communications ...................................................................................................................... 68
The USB to RS232 Adapter ................................................................................................................. 69
Installing the USB to RS232 Adapter (Windows 7/8 Specific) ........................................................... 69
Oh No, Driver did not install correctly. ............................................................................................... 70
.................................................................................................................................................... 72
Appendix E – Accessories for the Micro-EX........................................................................ 73
Appendix F – First Aid for the Micro-EX............................................................................... 74
The Image from the Micro-EX is jumping all over the place .............................................................. 74
The Software Does not Control the Micro-EX. ................................................................................... 74
When I have my Video Software connect to my Mallincam through my MCV-1 adapter I only see a
Blue screen. .......................................................................................................................................... 74
My MallinCam is frozen, or the commands do not seem to be working correctly, the camera is acting
strangely. .............................................................................................................................................. 75
Appendix G – Suggested Item Specific Settings ................................................................ 76
Appendix H – Notes ................................................................................................................ 80
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1. Introduction
Welcome to the world imaging with the MallinCam Micro-EX, a handcrafted Colour Astronomical Video CCD Cameras with a 1/3 inch 960H EXview
HAD II CCD sensor, allowing a choice of a variable shutter with exposures from
1/100000 of a second to 17 seconds. In-camera image averaging of up to 85
seconds are possible when set to 5 frame stacking (NTSC)
Your purchase will provide you with years of discovery and adventure as you
view, record, share, and broadcast the wonders of the Night Sky. The Micro-EX
captures images that range from brighter Deep Sky Objects to local Solar System
favorites, and it does this in near Real Time. You will discover that this camera
can be used in urban skies where light pollution normally prevents you from
viewing images the sky, to rural locations where you can pull out even those
faintest celestial wonders; this camera can do it all.
The rear section of the camera has five push buttons for easy access to the
menu. A RED pilot light is included to prevent loss of night vision of the user. Light
weight all aluminum construction; this camera is ideal for a Video CCD Finder
System or for a beginner to get their first experience into the world of live video
CCD observation. The camera body is available for purchase separately, or as a
package with additional accessories such as C-mount to 1.25" adapter,
video/power cable and AC power supply.
The Micro-EX has a BNC video output port (Composite) which can be
connected to either a monitor or a computer with video-in capabilities.
MallinCam has available all the necessary adapters to allow the Micro-EX to
connect to your equipment. The MallinCam Micro-EX also has the ability to be
controlled from a Windows computer via an optional RS 485 cable assembly.
This manual is in the way the work of the MallinCam Micro-EX users before me. I
have borrowed their ideas and even some of their documents and have placed
them in the manual so that we have everything is in one place. Special thanks to
Jack Huerkamp for all the preliminary work he has done with this camera.
So thank you for your purchase, and let the adventure begin
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The Contents of the Micro-EX Package
Depending upon the Micro-EX Model purchased, the contents may vary, but all
Micro-EX Deluxe cameras include the following standard equipment:
MallinCam Micro-EX Deluxe Package:
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Micro-EX camera body
C-mount to 1.25" eyepiece adapter
AC power supply
25 feet video/power cable
BNC to RCA adapter
Micro-EX Optional Cables:
 2m RS 485 cable assembly
These attachments will provide you with the ability to connect the Micro-EX
Video camera to your telescope, power it using to a 120V AC power source, and
displaying your image on any device that accepts analog video via a
composite connection. The optional cables will allow you to control the Micro-EX
either through your computer. See the Appendix for a list of other accessories
available for the Micro-EX.
MallinCam Micro-EX with Wired Remote Package
This version on the Micro-EX has all controls and outputs on the back of the
camera disabled (Power, BNC, Auto IRIS, and 5 buttons). Connection to 12V
power, BNC composite video, and control of camera are accomplished through
the controls at the end of the 2m cable
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Micro-EX camera body
C-mount to 1.25" eyepiece adapter
AC power supply
25 feet video/power cable
BNC to RCA adapter
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BNC to RCA adapter
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The Camera (Just the Facts)
The MallinCam Micro-EX Camera is a video camera that provides near Real Time
images of brighter Deep Sky Objects, Planetary, Lunar, and Solar. This instrument
contains the following specifications:
Model
Micro-EX
Image Sensor
Sony ICX672AKA EXview HAD II plastic ccd
CCD Pixels:
976(H) by 494(V) effective
5.0 um x 7.4 um Pixel size
CCD Size:
1/3“
Video Output Format:
NTSC
Composite Video
BNC Female Connector
Gain Control:
Auto/Manual
Exposure Control:
Auto/Manual
Auto Iris:
AES (Rolling Shutter), ALC
Fix Shutter
(seconds)
1/60, 1/100, 1/120, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000, 1/4000, 1/10000,
1/100000
Extended Shutter
1/32s, 1/16s, 1/8), 1/4s, 1/2s, 1s, 2.1s, 4.2s, 8.4s, 17s
(seconds)
Stacking Mode
Up to 85 s
Gamma Selection
0.30 / 0.45 / 0.6 / 1.0
White Balance
-Automatic White Balance Control (ADR)
-Auto Trace White Balance Control (ATW)
Digital Zoom
Communication
RR485
Protocol
Operating
-30oC to 50oC ( -4oF to 122oF)
Temperature
Power Supply
12±1V DC at 1A
Weight
5.0 Ounces (141 grams)
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The Camera (its Anatomy)
The Micro-EX camera is 4.5” x 2” x 2” and weighs in at about 5.0 ounces (141
grams).
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2. Making Connections
The Camera (Connection Diagram)
⑨
Micro-EX
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
Video Out (BNC)
12V Power in (12V)
Red Power on LED
Auto Iris Port (for RS485)
Enter Key
Up Arrow
Down Arrow
Left Arrow
Right Arrow
①
⑥
⑤
⑧
④
⑦
②
③
Connecting Micro-EX to Monitor
The MallinCam Micro-EX provides a BNC Video Out Ports that allow the video
signal to be distributed to Video monitors. This Video Out Port provides standard
Composite video out by the BNC connector on the back of the Micro-EX (1 on
the above Connection Diagram).
Composite
The Composite Signal is obtained by connecting the included MallinCam Video
Cable from the back of the Micro-EX to the Composite Video-In Port on your
monitor (since in most monitors, the Composite Video-In connector is a RCA
style, MallinCam provides a BNC to RCA adapter to facilitated that connection).
To connect, just align the two little openings on the BNC cable (male) with the
two notches on the Micro-EX’s BNC (female) connector, push and twist so the
notches slide into place. This locks the cable to the Micro-EX.
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Micro-EX Wired Remote
Just an in the Micro-EX, The Micro-EX Wired provides a video connection to an
external monitor or computer. The Micro-EX Wired’s active composite video
output is located on the end of the 2m cable extending from the back of the
camera. The Composite Signal is obtained by connecting the included
MallinCam Video Cable to the Yellow BNC connect on the end of the 2m cable
to the Composite Video-In Port on your monitor (since in most monitors, the
Composite Video-In connector is a RCA style, MallinCam provides a BNC to RCA
adapter to facilitated that connection).
Power
The Micro-EX or Micro-EX Wired requires 12V 1amp power either from an AC to
DC converter or 12V DC power supply. Just connect power adapter into to
Power In port on the back of the Micro-EX or into the RED Power In connecter on
the end of the 2m cable on the Micro-EX Wired.
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Connecting the Micro-EX to your Computer for
Video
Requirements:
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Computer with video display software such as AMCAP.
USB Video capture adapter such as MallinCam MCV.
Mallincam dual power/video cable.
Micro-EX AC to DC power adapter.
Micro-EX camera.
Software Requirements:
You will need any software package that can display an image from your video
capture device. Some suggestions are:
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AMCAP
SharpCap
SplitCam
ManyCam
WebCamMax
Each software has its pros and cons, depending upon what you require the
software do. Using SplitCam, ManyCam, or WebCamMax will make it easier to
broadcast your images on Night Skies Network (see section Connecting the Night
Skies Network (NSN)) if that will be a direction you are thinking of taking.
Hardware Requirements
 A USB Video Capture Device, such as MallinCam’s MCV. This device will
allow the output from the Micro-EX (composite) to be captured and
displayed by the software (see Installing the MCV in Appendix).
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Attaching the Video Cable to Micro-EX
Now you attach the Composite cable from the back of the Micro-EX to the USB
Video Capture Device (MCV) that you are using (see Appendix D, Installing the
MCV) to capture the video signal from the Micro-EX.
To USB Port
on
Computer
Now all we need to do is start the video display software of your choice to
display the image. Remember what ever software choice you made to display
the image from the Micro Ex, it will have an option that allows you to choose the
Video Capture Adapter’s driver (x2828 for MCV). Once you chosen the driver,
you should now see an image of what the Micro EX is capturing.
Attaching the Video Cable to Micro-EX Wired Version
Now you attach the Composite cable from the end of the Micro-EX Wired’s 2m
cable (Yellow BNC) to the USB Video Capture Device (MCV) that you are using
(see Appendix D, Installing the MCV) to capture the video signal from the MicroEX.
To USB Port
on
Computer
Now all we need to do is start the video display software of your choice to
display the image. Remember what ever software choice you made to display
the image from the Micro Ex, it will have an option that allows you to choose the
Video Capture Adapter’s driver (x2828 for MCV). Once you chosen the driver,
you should now see an image of what the Micro EX is capturing.
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Checking out the Micro-EX for the First Time
Now is the time to do a quick check of the Micro-EX to see if you can obtain a
video signal. This walk through assumes you have a monitor with a Composite
input capabilities (or a Laptop with a Video Capture Device attached and
configured along with Video Display Software). Attach your Micro-EX to your
telescope and keep the lens cover on your telescope and power up your MicroEX (start your Video Display Software if using a Computer). It is best to check out
your Micro-EE in the daytime, so you can more easily image an object.
Now depending upon the settings of
the Micro-EX camera, your screen
may be very colourful with specks
dancing around the screen around
the screen. Don’t worry this is normal
as we have not yet adjusted the
settings.
Press and release the Centre Button
(⑤ on the Connection Diagram) on
the Back of the Micro-EX or at the
end of the Remote if using Micro-Ex
Wired. If everything is connected
and powered correctly, you should
see the following image with
EXPOSURE Highlighted. The screen
will still be dancing, and the
Highlighted Exposure symbol may be
blue and the other symbols hard to
read, but you will have the Micro-Ex
menu system displayed on your
screen.
Note: If you have a Micro-EX Wired, then the buttons at the back of the camera are
disabled, you need to use the Remote at the end of the 2m cable to control menu on
the camera.
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With the EXPOSURE selection
highlighted (icon is brighter or blue),
press the Centre button on the back
of the camera to display the
exposure settings. Match the settings
on the right by using the UP and
DOWN buttons to move from option
to option, and the LEFT and RIGHT
buttons to change it.
The highlighted option will indicate what you can adjust with the arrow keys
(buttons). The arrow key choices will appear after the option’s current vale. For
example: in the last image, the EXPOSURE setting says NORMAL, and it has a
DOWN arrow and a RIGHT arrow after it. This indicates you can change the
EXPOSURE settings by either pressing the CENTRE button (which indicates there is a
sub-menu in that setting that you can access by hitting the CENTRE button ) or the
RIGHT button (which changes the value of current feature). For our example on
EXPOSURE if NORMAL was selected then pressing the RIGHT button will change its
value to BLC, but now you will see that there is also a LEFT arrow option available to
use. This way you can use the LEFT button to go back to the NORMAL setting or
press the RIGHT button to go to the next value. If you pressed the CENTRE button
when NORMAL was selected, the second menu will appear, but in this example just
giving you the option to RETURN to the previous menu.
Now we want to set the SPEED to AUTO (this is
just a simple setting, rather than playing with
exposures). The SPEED setting is inside the
LENS setting. Select LENS with the UP or DOWN
Buttons, Press the CENTRE Button to select it,
and you will be presented with the LENS
Menu. Using the LEFT or RIGHT Buttons,
change the speed to AUTO (or if you want to
experiment, any other value of your choice
that matches your current seeing). When set
select the RETURN option with the CENTRE
Button to go back to the EXPOSURE Menu.
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Using the DOWN button, select the EXIT
option and press the CENTRE button to close
the EXPOSURE settings (the screen will now
just have the ICONS). Using the RIGHT button,
select the DAY&NIGHT ICON, and press the
CENTRE button to accept it. In the MODE
option select DAY. Now move to EXIT and
press the CENTRE button to close the
DAY&NIGHT screen.
Now, I would remove the Lens Cap from
my telescope and go into the ENHANCE
Menu and match the selections on the
image to the left. You may want to
experiment with the GAMMA value to
produce an image that is bright enough for
your equipment.
Finally, EXIT the ENHANCE menu and
choose the EXIT Icon. Using the buttons,
select SAVE/EXIT from the EXIT menu and
press the CENTRE button. The camera will
now save these settings as the default for
the next time you use it. After the camera
has saved these settings, it will then close
the ICON Menu.
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If you select the EXIT rather than the SAVE/EXIT, the ICON menu will shut down, but
the Micro-EX will reset itself to the last saved settings.
These settings are just a starting point for your observations and you can adjust
the settings to match both your equipment and seeing conditions. The next step
in your learning should be to read the OSD MENU Chapter in this manual to get
an understanding what the settings do and how they react to each other. This
will save you hours of frustration when you are just adjusting the setting to try to
improve your image.
If you do not press any of the buttons on the Micro-EX for about 3 minutes, the ICON
menu will turn off, and the camera will return to the last SAVED settings.
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The MallinCam Micro-EX is an imaging camera whose capabilities are in the
hands of the user. As you will discover, when you become more confident with
the camera, that your images will be the result of the combination both artistic
prowess and scientific skill. Both of these attributes will become enhanced as
your journey progresses and suggestions and advice from fellow explorers
sharpen your skills and enrich your adventure.
One of the first pieces of advice we can offer you is that every telescope system
is different, the variety of optical sizes, and attached accessories combined with
the ever changing seeing conditions makes it impossible to determine the
precise setting for the Micro-EX to use with your telescope setup. What we can
do is provide suggestions that will get you started in the right direction. We
recommend that you experiment and tweak the settings that we offer to see
what works best for you. Patience will be your best friend as you learn what the
Micro-EX can do, and what you can adjust. Do not be afraid to visit Night Skies
Network or the Mallincam Group on Yahoo and ask questions
Imaging Methods:
The Micro-EX provides three techniques of exposure control: Fixed, Extended,
and Stacked.
Fixed:
This technique allows you to set short exposure time from 1/60 of a
second to 1/100000 of a second. This method of exposure allows the
Micro-EX to image daytime objects such as the Sun, as well as bright
nighttime objects such as the Moon and some planets.
1/60, 1/100, 1/120, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000, 1/4000,
1/10000, 1/100000 of a second
When using Fixed, you can either leave the EXPOSURE settings in the Micro-EX in the
NORMAL exposure mode for daytime objects (or even bright planets), or for objects
such the Moon or Sun, set the exposure mode to either WDR (for the Moon) or WLI (for
the Sun). You can also adjust the brightness with the BRIGHTNESS control
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This mode allows you to do longer exposures from 1/32 to 17
seconds in fixed steps. This mode allows you to image those fainter
planets, along with bright stars. But since the Micro-Ex has no
cooling pushing the exposure can introduce noise.
X2 (1/32s), X4 (1/16s), X8 (1/8s), X16 (1/4s), X32 (1/2s), X64
(1s), X128 (2.1s), X256 (4.2s), X512(8.4s), X1024(17s)
Stacking:
This mode allows you perform longer exposures all the way up to
85 seconds. Unlike the Fixed or the Extended Mode, the Micro-EX
needs to have AGC set to LOW. You will then have the option of
telling the Micro-EX (by the 3D-DNR setting) how many images
you would like stacked to a maximum of 5. Therefore setting
exposure to X1024 or 17 seconds, and when 3D-DNR is set to 5,
we will then see an image with 5x17s or 85 seconds worth of
exposure.
Amp Glow and Warm Pixels
When you are using the Micro-EX in Extended or Stacking Mode two optical
effects will occur due to the way CCD chips are made. The first is called Amp
Glow and the second are Warm Pixels. CCD's operate using the property of
silicon to convert light to electrons, but this also operates in reverse, silicon circuits
can emit light when operating. At the corner of the CCD array is a high gain
amplifier that converts electrons to a voltage that can be measured by the A/D
converter. During the exposure this amplifier can emit enough light that it can be
seen as a green glow in the corner of the frame in long exposures, this is Amp
Glow.
The other effect called Warm Pixels, appear as green or purple, or even blue
dots on your image (too small to be mistaken for stars). CCD Sensors collect
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photons in microscopic wells, called pixels. CCD’s do their magic by assigning
electric charges to these photons. These charges are read as analog voltages.
These voltages are sampled and quantized to make them into digital values.
These digital values go through much more digital processing before we get to
see them. Leakage currents are electric charges which leak into sensor wells.
These excess electric charges increase the voltage at the well (pixel) and make
it look brighter than it should.
Manufacturing variations will cause some pixels to have much more leakage
current than others specifically as the CCD warms up. Even a few of these few
pixels may permanently leak, these pixels are known as Hot Pixels, The Micro-EX
has an internal feature (DPC) that you can activate that will help eliminate most
of the Warm Pixels.
Since this is a property of the physics of the design of the CCD chip, there is no
way to stop this from occurring on long exposures. What we can do though is
minimize both the amp glow and warm pixel production.
 Keep the exposures as short as possible and use a low AGC value.
The Micro-EX has a feature in the ENHANCE Menu called DPC (Dead Pixel
Cancelation) that will electronically try to remove Warm/Hot Pixels when it is
activated.
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Controlling the Micro-EX by Hand
You can control the Micro-EX manually in two ways:
1) Pushing the buttons on the back of the Micro-EX by using your fingers.
2) Using the Micro_EX Wired version which allows you to control those
buttons, but without actually touching (thus jiggling) the Micro-EX.
These instructions will guide you in using the Micro-EX and obtaining an image
using each of the 3 Methods of Imaging. Remember that you may need to
adjust your particular settings to obtain the best image. Once you get the hang
of changing the settings, it will be worth your time to peruse the Chapter
Understanding the Micro-EX Settings to get a deeper comprehension how the
adjustments affect your image.
The Moon (Fixed Exposure)
You have the telescope set-up (with it covered) and the Micro-EX attached to
the eyepiece holder, the video cables are attached to a monitor, and power is
connected to everything. You are feeling a bit of apprehension and excitement
after all you have invested in an amazing scientific tool. So take a deep breath,
and let’s have some fun.
Step 1
With your telescope and Micro-EX connected and powered up (if you
have the Micro-EX set to Extended or Stacked as the default, I would
initially leave the lens cap on the telescope).
Using your finder scope, point your telescope at the Moon (it’s hard to
miss).
The Moon is always the best object to look at when learning how to use a new
imaging device.
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The recommended starting settings for imaging the Moon are displayed
below. The instructions will walk you through setting these values into the
Micro-EX.
EXPOSURE ICON

EXPOSURE
o
WDR
o
WDR MODE: ON
o
WDR LEVEL: start at 10

SENSE UP: OFF
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AGC: OFF
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LENS

o
ELECTRIC
o
SPEED: start at 1/10000
BRIGHTNESS: start at 40
COLOR ICON
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COLOR (RGB): ATW (auto)
DAY&NIGHT ICON
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NIGHT for black and white or DAY if you like color
EFFEC ICON
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SHARPNESS: 20
ENHANCE ICON
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GAMMA: 1
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3D-DNR: 0
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DPC: OFF
So we will adjust the Micro-EX to match these settings. Remember these
settings are just a starting point, you may need to tweak them for your
telescope set up.
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Step 2
With your Telescope still covered, Press the Centre Button on the back
of the Micro-EX (or the Centre Button on the Remote Wired Keypad).
The < ICON MENU> screen will appear on your monitors screen.
Step 3
With EXPOSURE ICON selected, Press the Centre Button to display the
EXPOSURE MENU.
Step 4
With the EXPOSURE Mode selected (it may say NORMAL), Press the
RIGHT Button enough times to set it to WDR.
Press the CENTRE Button to display the WDR Menu.
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Press the DOWN Button to move to WDR MODE
 Press RIGHT Button to change its setting to ON
Press the DOWN Button to move to WDR LEVEL
 Press LEFT or RIGHT Button to set to 10
Press the DOWN Button to move to RETURN
 Press CENTRE Button to return to EXPOSURE MENU
Step 5
Using the DOWN Button select SENSE UP then using the LEFT or RIGHT
Button ensure its setting is OFF
Step 6
Using the DOWN Button select AGC then using the LEFT or RIGHT Button
ensure its setting is OFF
Step 7
From the EXPOSURE MENU, use the DOWN Button to select LENS option
then press the CENTRE Button to display the LENS MENU
Step 8
Using the RIGHT Button, select a speed such as 1/10000. Then move to
the RETURN selection and press the CENTRE Button to return to
EXPOSURE MENU.
Step 9
Use the DOWN Button to select the BRIGHTNESS feature and adjust this
to your preferences using the LEFT or RIGHT Buttons (40 is always a
good place to start).
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Depending upon your personal preferences we will now adjust the DAY&NIGHT
Option on the Micro-EX.
Step 10
While on the EXPOSURE MENU, select the EXIT choice at the bottom of
the menu and press the CENTRE Button to close the EXPOSURE MENU
and Return to the ICON MENU.
Step 11
Using the RIGHT Button, select the DAY&NIGHT ICON and press the
CENTRE Button to display its menu.
Step 12
With the MODE choice selected, use the RIGHT or LEFT Button to select
either DAY or NIGHT depending upon your preference. Now use the
DOWN Button to select the EXIT choice and press the CENTRE Button to
RETURN to the ICON MENU.
We will now set the sharpness value. I like to start at 10, but you can adjust this to
any value that best suits your system. The SHARPNESS feature is located in the
EFFECT ICON Menu System.
Step 13
Using the LEFT or RIGHT Button, select the EFFECT ICON and press the
CENTRE Button to display the EFFECT Menu. Now using the DOWN
Button, select the SHARPNESS choice and adjust to your preference
using the LEFT or RIGHT Buttons. When satisfied, move to the EXIT
choice and press the CENTRE Button to RETURN to the ICON MENU.
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We will now ensure that the GAMMA is set to 1 (again your choice) and that 3DDNR is set to 0 and that DPC is OFF. All of these features are located in the
ENHANCE ICON MENU.
Step 14
Using the LEFT or RIGHT Button, select the ENHANCE ICON and press
the CENTRE Button to display the ENHANCE Menu. Now using the
Button, set GAMMA to 1.0, 3D-DRN to 0, and DPC to OFF. When
satisfied, move to the EXIT choice and press the CENTRE Button to
RETURN to the ICON MENU.
You should now have the starting settings to image the Moon. You must save
these settings by going to the EXIT ICON and choosing SAVE/EXIT. The screen will
jump a bit while the Micro-EX saves your settings, then the Menu system will shut
down.
If you do not perform a SAVE/EXIT then if the Micro-EX is left alone for about 3
minutes, the Onscreen Menu will shut down and the camera will revert all of its
settings to the last time a SAVE/EXIT was performed.
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A Bright Star or Bright Deep Sky Object (Extended Exposure)
Now that you have success with imaging the Moon or bright planets, now is the
time to jump to the next level, Bright Stars or Bright Deep Sky Objects.
You have the telescope set-up (with it covered, just in case Micro-EX was left in
the Stacking Mode) and the Micro-EX attached to the eyepiece holder, the
video cables are attached to your monitor, and power is connected to
everything. You are feeling a bit more confident with the equipment and using
the buttons to select the setting options on the Micro-EX. Time for some more fun.
The recommended starting settings for imaging bright Deep Sky Objects are
displayed below. The instructions will walk you through setting these values into
the Micro-EX.
EXPOSURE ICON

EXPOSURE
o
NORMAL

SENSE UP: OFF

AGC: OFF

LENS

o
ELECTRIC
o
SPEED: X128 (this is about 2.1 seconds)
BRIGHTNESS: start at 40
COLOR ICON

COLOR (RGB): ATW (auto)
DAY&NIGHT ICON

DAY
EFFEC ICON

SHARPNESS: 20
ENHANCE ICON

GAMMA: 1

3D-DNR: 0

DPC: OFF
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So we will adjust the Micro-EX to match these settings. Remember these settings are
just a starting point, you may need to tweak them for your telescope set up.
Step 1
With your Telescope still covered, Press the Centre Button on the back
of the Micro-EX (or the Centre Button on the Remote Wired Keypad).
The < ICON MENU> screen will appear on your monitors screen.
Step 2
With EXPOSURE ICON selected, Press the Centre Button to display the
EXPOSURE MENU.
Step 3
With the EXPOSURE Mode selected, Press the RIGHT Button enough
times to set it to NORMAL.
Step 4
Using the DOWN Button select SENSE UP then using the LEFT or RIGHT
Button ensure its setting is OFF
Step 5
Using the DOWN Button select AGC then using the LEFT or RIGHT Button
ensure its setting is OFF
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Step 6
From the EXPOSURE MENU, use the DOWN Button to select LENS option
then press the CENTRE Button to display the LENS MENU
Step 7
Using the RIGHT Button, select the speed value x128. Then move to the
RETURN selection and press the CENTRE Button to return to EXPOSURE
MENU.
Step 8
Use the DOWN Button to select the BRIGHTNESS feature and adjust this
to your preferences using the LEFT or RIGHT Buttons (40 is always a
good place to start).
Step 9
While on the EXPOSURE MENU, select the EXIT choice at the bottom of
the menu and press the CENTRE Button to close the EXPOSURE MENU
and Return to the ICON MENU.
Step 10
Using the RIGHT Button, select the DAY&NIGHT ICON and press the
CENTRE Button to display its menu.
Step 11
With the MODE choice selected, use the RIGHT or LEFT Button to select
either DAY. Now use the DOWN Button to select the EXIT choice and
press the CENTRE Button to RETURN to the ICON MENU.
We will now set the sharpness value. I like to start at 10, but you can adjust this to
any value that best suits your system. The SHARPNESS feature is located in the
EFFECT ICON Menu System.
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Using the LEFT or RIGHT Button, select the EFFECT ICON and press the
CENTRE Button to display the EFFECT Menu. Now using the DOWN
Button, select the SHARPNESS choice and adjust to your preference
using the LEFT or RIGHT Buttons. When satisfied, move to the EXIT
choice and press the CENTRE Button to RETURN to the ICON MENU.
We will now ensure that the GAMMA is set to 1 (again your choice) and that 3DDNR is set to 0 and that DPC is OFF. All of these features are located in the
ENHANCE ICON MENU.
Step 14
Using the LEFT or RIGHT Button, select the ENHANCE ICON and press
the CENTRE Button to display the ENHANCE Menu. Now using the
Button, set GAMMA to 1.0, 3D-DRN to 0, and DPC to OFF. When
satisfied, move to the EXIT choice and press the CENTRE Button to
RETURN to the ICON MENU.
You should now have some starting settings to image your bright Deep Sky
Object. You must save these settings by going to the EXIT ICON and choosing
SAVE/EXIT.
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The screen will jump a bit while the Micro-EX saves your settings, then the Menu
system will shut down.
If you do not perform a SAVE/EXIT then if the Micro-EX is left alone for about 3
minutes, the Onscreen Menu will shut down and the camera will revert all of its
settings to the last time a SAVE/EXIT was performed.
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Deep Sky Objects (Stacking Method)
You have pushed the Micro-EX to 2.1 seconds or even higher seconds, but now
you need to take the plunge and push the Micro-EX to the edge. We do this by
having the camera internally stack the images before displaying them. It is
possible to stack five 17 second images to perform an equivalent of 85 second
exposure. We will walk through just stacking three 8.4 second exposures.
You have the telescope set-up and the Micro-EX attached to the eyepiece
holder, the video cables are attached to your monitor, and power is connected
to everything. You are feeling very confident with the equipment and using the
buttons to select the setting options on the Micro-EX. Time for some more fun.
The recommended starting settings for imaging dim Deep Sky Objects are displayed
below. The instructions will walk you through setting these values into the Micro-EX.
EXPOSURE ICON

EXPOSURE
o
NORMAL

SENSE UP: OFF

AGC: LOW

LENS

o
ELECTRIC
o
SPEED: X512 (this is about 8.4 seconds)
BRIGHTNESS: start at 40
COLOR ICON

COLOR (RGB): ATW (auto)
DAY&NIGHT ICON

DAY
EFFEC ICON

SHARPNESS: 20
ENHANCE ICON

GAMMA: 1

3D-DNR: 3

DPC: AUTO
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So we will adjust the Micro-EX to match these settings. Remember these settings are
just a starting point, you may need to tweak them for your telescope set up.
Step 1
With your Telescope still covered, Press the Centre Button on the back
of the Micro-EX (or the Centre Button on the Remote Wired Keypad).
The < ICON MENU> screen will appear on your monitors screen.
Step 2
With EXPOSURE ICON selected, Press the Centre Button to display the
EXPOSURE MENU.
Step 3
With the EXPOSURE Mode selected, Press the RIGHT Button enough
times to set it to NORMAL.
Step 4
Using the DOWN Button select SENSE UP then using the LEFT or RIGHT
Button ensure its setting is OFF
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Step 5
Using the DOWN Button select AGC then using the LEFT or RIGHT Button
set its value to LOW (this is required for stacking).
Step 6
From the EXPOSURE MENU, use the DOWN Button to select LENS option
then press the CENTRE Button to display the LENS MENU
Step 7
Using the RIGHT Button, select the speed value x512. Then move to the
RETURN selection and press the CENTRE Button to return to EXPOSURE
MENU.
Step 8
Use the DOWN Button to select the BRIGHTNESS feature and adjust this
to your preferences using the LEFT or RIGHT Buttons (40 is always a
good place to start).
Step 9
While on the EXPOSURE MENU, select the EXIT choice at the bottom of
the menu and press the CENTRE Button to close the EXPOSURE MENU
and Return to the ICON MENU.
Step 10
Using the RIGHT Button, select the DAY&NIGHT ICON and press the
CENTRE Button to display its menu.
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With the MODE choice selected, use the RIGHT or LEFT Button to select
either DAY. Now use the DOWN Button to select the EXIT choice and
press the CENTRE Button to RETURN to the ICON MENU.
We will now set the sharpness value. I like to start at 10, but you can adjust this to
any value that best suits your system. The SHARPNESS feature is located in the
EFFECT ICON Menu System.
Step 12
Using the LEFT or RIGHT Button, select the EFFECT ICON and press the
CENTRE Button to display the EFFECT Menu. Now using the DOWN
Button, select the SHARPNESS choice and adjust to your preference
using the LEFT or RIGHT Buttons. When satisfied, move to the EXIT
choice and press the CENTRE Button to RETURN to the ICON MENU.
We will now ensure that the GAMMA is set to 1 (again your choice) and that 3DDNR is set to 3 (to stack 3 images) and that DPC is OFF. All of these features are
located in the ENHANCE ICON MENU.
Step 14
Using the LEFT or RIGHT Button, select the ENHANCE ICON and press
the CENTRE Button to display the ENHANCE Menu. Now using the
Button, set GAMMA to 1.0, 3D-DRN to 3, and DPC to OFF. When
satisfied, move to the EXIT choice and press the CENTRE Button to
RETURN to the ICON MENU.
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You should now have some starting settings to image your dim Deep Sky Object.
You will see noise in your image if you start pushing the Micro-EX too much. Play
with your settings to provide the best image possible.
You must save these settings by going to the EXIT ICON and choosing SAVE/EXIT.
The screen will jump a bit while the Micro-EX saves your settings, then the Menu
system will shut down.
If you do not perform a SAVE/EXIT then if the Micro-EX is left alone for about 3
minutes, the Onscreen Menu will shut down and the camera will revert all of its
settings to the last time a SAVE/EXIT was performed.
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Controlling Micro-EX by Computer
Requirements:
 Computer with video display software such as AMCAP.
 Software to Control Micro-EX such as Stephane Lalonde’s Micro-EX
MControlMicro software.
 USB Video capture adapter such as MallinCam MCV.
 Mallincam Micro-EX to USB cable.
 Mallincam dual power/video cable.
 Micro-EX AC to DC power adapter.
 Micro-EX camera.
Harware Requirements
A USB to RS232 Adapter that attaches to MallinCam’s Optional Micro-EX cable.
This combination allows software to communicate from the computer to the
Micro-EX.
Software Requirements:
The current software packages are:
Free:
 MallinCam Control Micro-EX by Stephan Lalonde that allows you to
access the back buttons from the camera, but through software.
Paid:
 Astrolive by Kyle Goodwin at Astro Precision
Each software has its pros and cons, depending upon what you require the
software do, but since most will use Stephane’s Control Micro EX, I will
demonstrate how to install it and use this piece of software.
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Attaching the RS485 Cable
Once the USB adapter is installed and the drivers loaded
(see Appendix D, Installing RS485 Communications) and the
MallinCam RS485 cable is attached, it is time to connect it
to the Micro-EX. Locate the small guide notch on both the
cable and the AUTO-IRIS Port on the Micro-EX (will be on
lower right when looking at the back of the camera). Align
the notches and plug in the RS485 cable. The cable end will
also be pointing down. The fit will be snug so a little pressure
will be required to properly seat the cable into the Micro-EX.
You will notice that will all of the cables connected, the
back of the Micro-EX gets a little busy.
To USB Port
on
Computer
Using MControlMicro Software to control the Micro-EX
This assumes you have connected the Micro-EX to your Serial or USB to Serial port
on your computer (and you know the COMM number assigned to it) and are
ready to control the Micro-EX from the computer rather than the buttons on the
back of the Micro-EX. You have set the COMM ID (from the SYSTEM Menu on the
Micro-EX) to 1 as the default.
Installing
Visit www.Mallincam.net and select Stephane Lalonde’s Mallincam Control
software for Micro-EX from the Software Downloads of the Support Tab and
download the software.
This is a RAR fie, so you will need some free software that will un-compress
the files. A great free piece of software is WinRAR.
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Decompress Stephane’s software using your RAR software of choice. You will
now have a file folder named mcontrolmicro. Inside this folder is MControlMicro,
the software to control the Micro-Ex. Place this folder in a location that is easy to
find.
Starting Micro-EX Software
Step 1
Double Click on the file MControlMicro
Accept any security warnings that may appear in your operating system.
The Stephane’s software will open up a window on the computer screen.
You need to prepare the Micro-EX so that it can be controlled by Stephane’s
software. Ensure that in the COMM ID is set to 1, BAUDRATE is set to 9600 and then
DO A SAVE/EXIT to make this the default.
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On Stephane’s software select the COM port number so that it
matches the Serial Adapter COM number assigned by the
computer.
Click on Connect to start the Software Controlling the Micro-EX
You can now click on the software buttons and the Micro-EX will react as if you
press on the buttons at the back of the Camera
Note: If you click on the Picture of the Micro-EX camera, the software will popup a color scheme for you to use.
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Connecting to Night Skies Network (NSN)
Introduction
I found that when I first started connecting to NSN, things started happening too fast for me to
keep track of everything at once. So, pre-planning was the most the most crucial step for me. I
found that by doing test runs in the comfort of my house allowed me to develop my techniques
that work for the equipment and software that I use. Below are the results and steps that I use
to broadcast on NSN, feel free to follow them and/or made modification as you deem as
necessary.
Note
Computer real-estate will be your nemesis. So, depending upon the size of the
monitor (laptop), then number of screens that you are using, then number of
software programs that using are simultaneously are using, will dictate how you
will manage your windows. I will describe how I have organized my windows
under a variety of situations (1 computer, 1 computer with 2 monitors, which
software packages am I using, and what am I trying to do this session).
Remember, it’s all about having fun, and time and patience are your best friends
(not to mention all the guys and gals, and the Yahoo – MallinCam site :
http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/mallincam/messages
One of the most important decisions you will need to make with broadcasting the image of the
MICRO-EX is what Video capture software are you going to use. Some simple suggestions:
You can have NSN grab the image directly off your Video Capture Device (MCV), but I find it
more convenient to either use a Video Capture Software such as AMCAP, or SMARTCAP to
display my image and then capture my screen by using Splitcam, Manycam, or WebCamMax.
Even better Splitcam, Manycam, or WebCamMax can both display and pass along the image to
NSN without the need of a Video Capture Software. All three have about the same features,
some of these have versions that will cost you, but all have a version that is free (reduced
functions, advertisements, etc…). My current program of choice is Splitcam (I can live with the
Advertisements, but it has some amazing extras such as the ability to change Video Input from
Svideo to composite, a must if you use MallinCam’s MCV device with a variety of cameras.
Step 1
Plug in the MICRO-EX camera into a USB Port (MCV) on your computer.
Note
Always use the same port for your connected devices. I even mark on
my laptop which USB port is for which device. I even use a specific USB
port for my Video input devices (MCV, MICRO-EX, Dazzle), and a
specific port for by RS232, RS485 devices. For example if you only have
2 ports, then 1 port is for video input (MCV), and the other port is for
RS485 control.
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Start Manycam/Splitcam/WebcamMax
Step 2
Note
Step 3
Size the Manycam/Splitcam/WebcamMax window so that you will have
room for your Browser to open. If you have a dual monitor system you
can slide Manycam/Splitcam/WebcamMax window to the second
monitor.
Have Manycam/ Splitcam/WebcamMax Choose your Video Driver as the Source
Note
Once connected, you should have the image of what the Micro-EX is
looking at inside the Window of the software. If you are using a third
party Video Display Software then have Manycam / Splitcam /
WebcamMax choose Desktop Capture as the source.
Adjust the Resolution and frames/second (fps) value on
Manycam/Splitcam/WebcamMax
Step 4
Note
Step 5
This will be trial and error; it all depends upon resolution, bandwidth,
and what over members on NSN experience from your broadcasted
image. You will end up adjusting both on the Manycam / Splitcam
/WebcamMax side as well and on the NSN side to get the best image.
For me I start at 800x600 and NSN at 800x600.
Start your Web Browser of Choice
You may have to play with a number of Browsers to see which one works well with your
particular computer setup. I have had success with 3 browsers: Chrome, Internet
Explorer, and Maxthon. My current favourite browser to use for NSN broadcast is
Chrome.
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Log into Night Skies Network (NSN)
Have your Web Brower go to the location: http://www.nightskiesnetwork.com/ . Locate
and click on the BROADCASTERS AND MEMBERS SIGN IN button. The next Login screen
will ask you to enter your username and password. You will next be presented with the
Channel Line Up screen for Night Skies network. Click on the Login selection on the
upper right hand side of the screen.
You will be presented with the Channel Launch Sign In screen for NSN. Again enter your
Username and Password and click on Publish Channel button.
Step 7
Allow Adobe Flash to use your Manycam/Splitcam/WebcamMax
The Adobe Flash Player Settings window will pop up on your screen asking you for
permission to use your camera and your microphone. Select Allow.
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Turn off your Microphone
Step 8
Until you have your microphone figured out, it is best to initially turn it off. If you do not,
the viewers on NSN may hear a loud buzzing (feedback noise). Later on we will look at
using the microphone, but until then I recommend CLICKING on the little microphone
symbol on the upper right corner of the NSN video display window to disable the
microphone.
Step 9
Set a message for the NSN observers
It is a good idea to display a message above the NSN display window, so that the other
NSN views understand what you are doing. When initially setting up (which usually takes
longer when you are learning), I usually type the message “Setting Up the Camera” then
CLICK on the SEND button to have it displayed.
Note
Step 10
When you are us and running and everything is working as it should, you
will change the message to indicate, what telescope, mount, and camera
you are using. For that is the most frequently asked question from the
NSN viewers.
Select the Camera
Now is the time to activate the camera, or in our case have NSN driver point to our
Manycam/Splitcam/WebcamMax output or the Video Adapter Driver is you are not
using Manycam/Splitcam/WebcamMax.
 RIGHT CLICK inside the NSN Video window to bring up a Settings Window
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 CLICK on the Settings choice and you will be presented with the Adobe Flash
Player Settings Window.
 CLICK on the Camera Icon and you will be presented with a pull down menu to
select your camera.
 CLICK on the Pull Down list to select your camera of choice.
 CLICK on CLOSE to Continue.
NSN will remember what camera you chose from the last visit. So
usually you only have to go through this process whenever you want to
change what camera device you would like the NSN flash driver to use.
Step 11
Choose your Camera Settings
We will now select the settings for our camera. We have the option of changing: The
Bandwidth, Picture, Resolution, Framerate, and even the microphone rate (when you
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are ready). The changes will not be activated until you CLICK on the Green OK symbol in
the window.
 LEFT CLICK inside the NSN video Window to bring up the Camera Settings
Window.
 Use the sliders for Band Width and Picture values. I usually have both of my
sliders way on the right. Over time you will find the sweet spot for your system.
 Select your Resolution from the Pull Down Menu. Start at 800x600 and move up
from there. Play with these to see what settings the NSN viewers say is the
best.
 Select your Frame Rate. From its Pull Down Menu. I usually leave it at 15 fps,
but I have used 30 fps at times. Again trial and error for your system.
 CLICK on the green OK symbol to accept these settings
That’s it, you are done. If everything is working well and the Window’s gods are in a good mood,
you should be broadcasting whatever object the MICRO-EX is capturing. You should now enter
another Message and SEND it out to indicate what system you are using and what object you
are viewing.
Note
Note
There is a time delay on what you say (if you have you microphone
activated) and do on your computer as compared to what others see
(and hear) on the NSN broadcast.
You will freeze (and I don’t mean like what Chris does when he
broadcasts in winter till 3am), I mean from time to time your NSN
connection will freeze for no apparent reason. It happens to us all.
When this happens, you can simply terminate the Web browser
program (Ctrl –Alt-Del). Then restart your browser and Log back into
NSN. This usual is a very quick process. But, sometime we all have to
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restart our computer (this takes longer for we need to power down
hardware and software) and reactivate everything before login back in.
Don’t worry, the NSN viewers sense what is happening and will keep the
conversations going while waiting for you to come back on.
Don’t be afraid to ask for advice by typing in on the Video chat window, as we are all learning
and are willing to assist whenever we can.
When ready, try activating the microphone (click on the microphone symbol). Other will let you
know if they can hear you, or if there is noise. Remember there are settings for the microphone
in the camera settings window.
I have become hooked on Splitcam. With my dual monitor system I have Splitcam grab my
Video device (USB 2828x Device) directly. Splitcam can adjust brightness, contrast, etc. I can also
call up the USB 2828x Device control panel (located in File/Video settings) which gives you
some more control of the MCV’s image output or by using the Options Tab thus allowing you to
change the brightness contrast, sharpness over and above what the Micro-EX camera does.
Since I place Splitcam on its own monitor (the second monitor), I can make it full screen to see
all the detail, while my fist monitor has the NSN connection screen with its preview and chat
window.
Note
When you are finished with your session, you simply say your good
nights to the crowd of NSN viewers to let them know that your session is
ending. CLICK on the red STOP button on your NSN Window and NSN
will shut down your channel and you can power down your system and
call it an evening (It won’t force the NSN viewers off the channel and
some viewers will continue chatting long after you have gone to bed).
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Appendix
Appendix A – On Screen Display (OSD) Menu
MENU
This is the main menu for the Micro-EX. It
is from here that you select which setting
you would like to adjust. Menu selections
include: EXPOSURE, COLOR,
DAY&NIGHT, EFFECT, MOTION,
PRIVACY, ENHANCE, SYSTEM, and
EXIT
EXPOSURE MAIN
This setting is used to adjust all aspects
of the exposure. Settings include:
EXPOSURE TYPE, SENSE UP, AGC,
LENS, and BRIGHTNESS. It is in this
Menu that you will make most of your
changes.
EXPOSURE
NORMAL
You will use this mode for most of your
viewing. It doesn’t provide you any options
to make adjustments.
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This control offers you 4 exposure
modes: NORMAL, BLC, WDR, and HLI.
BLC (Black Light Compensation)
This Exposure Mode is usually not used in
astronomical imaging. BLC does offer the
user adjustment Mode settings of 0, 1, 2,
and 4.
WDR (White Dynamic Range)
This mode provides you with an
opportunity enhance objects with large
dynamic range such as the Moon.
When the WDR MODE is set to AUTO you
can manually adjust the WDR LEVEL to
bring out the best of the displayed image.
When WDR is set to ON, the Micro-EX
fixes the value.
HLI (Highlight)
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This mode is ideal for viewing the Sun.
You can adjust the HLI LEVEL (from 0 to
40) to produce a chronograph that will
obscure the Solar Disk, and thus enhance
any visible prominences.
SENSE UP
This Setting allows you to adjust the
exposure of the Micro-EX (to a maximum
X2 = 1/32 second exposure
of 17 seconds) by utilizing the HIGH
X4 = 1/16 second exposure
value of the AGC setting. This setting is
X8 = 1/8 second exposure
not recommended for astronomical
X16 = 1/4 second exposure
viewing since it will produce an intense
X32 = 1/2 second exposure
amp glow. The Micro_EX provides an
X64 = 1 second exposure
alternate setting (LENS) to adjust the
X128 = 2.1second exposure
exposure with minimal amp glow.
X256 = 4.2 second exposure
Set SENSE UP to OFF
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X1024 = 17 second exposure
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When AGC is set to HIGH, you may notice
back ground noise as well as warm pixels
showing up.
AGC or Auto Gain Control instructs the
Micro-EX how much amplifier gain you
would like to apply to the signal coming
out of the CCD chip (it is equivalent to
cranking up the ISO setting on your
photographic camera.
AGC has 4 settings:

OFF

LOW

MEDIUM

HIGH
For Normal viewing of objects set
AGC to OFF.
If you need to have the Micro-EX
perform on camera stacking (3DDNR) then set AGC to LOW
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The ELECTRIC setting Menu will provide
access to the SPEED (exposure) settings
for the Micro-EX.
LENS option provides a way of setting
SPEED values (exposure times) on the
Micro-EX.
The available SPEED settings are:
It provides two options:
AUTO – makes best guess

Electric
1/100000 second exposure

DC Iris
1/10000 second exposure
1/4000 second exposure
Since Rock has converted the Auto
1/2000 second exposure
Iris Port to a RS485 Port, you will
1/1000 second exposure
never you’re the DC Iris setting.
1/500 second exposure
1/250 second exposure
The ELECTRIC setting will allow you
to adjust your exposure time.
1/120 second exposure
1/100 second exposure
1/60 second exposure
X2 = 1/32 second exposure
X4 = 1/16 second exposure
X8 = 1/8 second exposure
X16 = 1/4 second exposure
X32 = 1/2 second exposure
X64 = 1 second exposure
X128 = 2.1second exposure
X256 = 4.2 second exposure
X512 = 8.4 second exposure
X1024 = 17 second exposure
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BRIGHTNESS
This feature allows you to adjust the
Brightness of the image. The sliding bar
allows you set the brightness value from
a low of 0 to a high of 99. The default
brightness value is set to 40.
EXIT
There also is an EXIT ICON that allows
you to turn OFF the Menu System.
All ICON MENU sections will provide
an EXIT option. With the EXIT feature
also providing you 3 choices:

RETURN (to previous menu)

EXIT

SAVE/EXIT
EXIT –
Closes the Menu system
without saving any changes
to the settings you may have
adjusted.
SAVE/EXIT – Saves the changes and
closes the Menu System
INITIALIZE – Will reset the Micro-EX to
factory defaults. This fill
require you to set all
appropriate setting back you
your preferences.
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COLOR
The COLOR Menu allows you to adjust
the color of your mage (assuming you
AWC (Auto White Compensation)
have set DAY&NIGHT to DAY which
activates color on the Micro-EX).
The Color Menu provides you 4 options
for you to set:

AWC

ATW

MANUAL

PUSH
When activated, the AWC function detects
white in the captured image and adjusts
the color/white balance accordingly. You
will be able to adjust the R-Y Gain (Red
Tint) or the B-Y Gain (Blue Tint).
ATW (Auto Trace White Balance)
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A specific form of AWC, ATW continually
tracks and adjusts the white balance,
making it suitable for use in cameras in
which the image content and lighting are
subject to changes. You will be able to
adjust the R-Y Gain (Red Tint) or the B-Y
Gain (Blue Tint).
MANUAL
This mode allows you to adjust the RED
and BLUE Saturation levels in your image.
You will notice the Color Balance
changing when you adjust the RED and
BLUE Options.
PUSH
Once pressed, this lets the Micro-EX
measure the current Color Balance and
adjusts it to what it believes is the best
values.
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Before activating PUSH
After activating PUSH
DAY&NIGHT
DAY
The DAY&NIGHT feature allows the
camera to present the images in either
This setting displays the images (and even
Color (Day) or Black and White (Night).
a blue menu selection indicator) in color.
You can adjust the color images with the
The AUTO option is also available but it
settings inside the COLOR MENU.
and its adjustments really don’t have a
role in astro-imaging.
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NIGHT
This setting will now display the images in
Black and White. When in NIGHT Mode,
you also have the ability to set the BURST
to either ON or OFF. I find ON is easier to
read the menus but on bright objects you
may get some flare as the camera pushes
the values.
AUTO
This allows the Micro-EX to determine if it
should go into DAY or NIGHT Mode
depending upon the image. This Mode
does allow you some settings to adjust
such as how long it should wait before
shifting modes and what are the intensity
trigger points it should use to determine if
it should shift from DAY to NIGHT.
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Day->Night: The value ranges from 0 to
255. The day mode switches to the night
mode when the light condition reaches to
the value you select.
Night->Day: The value ranges from 0 to
255. The night mode switches to the day
mode when the light condition reaches to
the value you select
Since the Micro-EX doesn’t have a CDS (a
photocell) sensor, the CDS –START and
CDS-END options are disabled.
EFFECT
MIRROR
The Mirror feature provides you with 4
settings:
This feature effects how the image is
presented on the screen. It provides two

OFF

HOR

VERT

ROTATE
OFF Image:
options for your to adjust:

MIRROR

SHARPNESS
The MIRROR option allows you to rotate
or flip the screen image either
horizontally or vertically.
The SHARPNESS option allows to make
the image softer (low value) or sharper
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HOR Image
SHARPNESS value can even sharpen
the noise and thus bring out artifacts and
halos around brighter stars. A good
value to start with is 20, but experiment
with this feature to find the best value
that balances the detail of the image with
the artifacts produced.
The SHARPNESS option ranges from 0
to 49.
Notice how the image is flipped about the
Vertical Axis.
VER Image
Notice how the image is flipped about the
Horizontal Axis.
ROTATE Image
Notice how the image is both flipped about
the Horizontal Axis and the Vertical Axis.
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MOTION
This feature, Motion Detect, is not used
in astro-imaging.
It may be fun to see how the alarm and
auto zoom may work when looking at
stellar objects. Nothing to lose, someone
may actually find an application for this
feature.
PRIVACY
Settings for the X and Y values for the first
of the two Masks required for a cross bar.
This feature allows you to create masks
on the screen of various colors, but it
takes a while to create masks that can
be useful. The Left panel will give the
mask settings that will create a simple
cross hair on the screen. Experimenting
with the values may produce a better
cross bar than the one I created below.
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Settings for the X and Y values for the
second of the two Mask.
The masks have both an X and Y value
that can be accessed by simply pressing
the Centre Button when on the TOP,
LEFT, RIGHT, or BOTTOM option. This
will toggle the X values and the Y values.
ENHANCE
This feature allows you ENHANCE the
image by the use of 4 different options:
GAMMA
The GAMMA feature gives you 4 values to
select: 0.3, 0.45, 0.6, and 1.0. The smaller
the value the brighter the image will

GAMMA

3D-DNR
provide the brightest image and 1.0 will

MONITOR
provide the darkest image. Choose the

DPC
value of GAMMA that produces the best
appear on your screen. Therefore 0.3 will
image for your monitor.
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3D-DNR
3D-DNR is a feature that allows the MicroEX to internally stack up to 5 images. You
select the slider from 0 to 5 to choose the
number of images to stack.
Note: you must have a mount that is both
aligned well and accurately tracking to get
a benefit of this feature. Also note that the
camera does not align or register stars, it
simply stacks them.
To use this feature set AGC (located in the
EXPOSURE Menu) to LOW, setting the
AGC to OFF disables the 3D-DNR feature.
MONITOR
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This feature allows to select the type of
display device you are using either a CRT
(old style monitor with a Cathode Ray
Tube) or a LCD (computer/HD TV style
monitor).
DPC
The DPC (Dead Pixel Cancellation)
feature when activated will try to eliminate
or reduce any hot or warm pixels that
appear on the screen. To enable this
feature set DPC to AUTO. To dis-able this
feature set DPC to OFF.
SYSTEM
I would match the above settings, then
save them as the default
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EXIT
This Exit feature provides 3 options for
you to Exit the On Screen Menu:

Exit -revert back all changes
made in the Menu system and
closes the On Screen Menu.

SAVE/EXIT – tis option will save
all the changes you have made
and will make you’re your default
for the Micro-Ex. Then it will
close the On Screen Menu.

INITIALIZE – this will revert the
Micro-Ex to the original factory
defaults (use this as a last
measure).
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Appendix B – On Screen Display (OSD) MAP
EXPOSURE
EXPOSURE
SENSE UP
AGC
LENS
BRIGHTNESS
COLOR
DAY&NIGHT
WB MODE
MODE
BURST
DAY&NIGHT
NIGHT&DAY
DELAY TIME
CDS-START
CDS-END
EFFECT
MOTION DET
MIRROR
SHARPNESS
MOTION DET
ALARM MODE
SENSI TIVTY
AREA SELECT
MODE
START
END
OUTPUT TIME
AUTO ZOOM
PRIVACY
ENHANCE
SYSTEM
MASK SELECT
MODE
COLOR
TOP
LEFT
RIGHT
BOTTON
MOVE
GAMMA
3D-DNR
MONITOR
DPC
COMM ID
TITLE
EXIT
Note:
You must use SAVE/EXIT else your changes will revert back when the
OSD Menu closes.
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Appendix C – Installing the MCV
The MCV-1 and the MCV-1e both come nicely packed in its own see-through packaging. The
installation procedures will be the same for either package. The following are the techniques I
have used on 4 different computers (3 laptops and 1 desktop). Some are 32 bit and others are
64 bit, all run windows 7. I have not encountered any problems installing this way.
Note
Do some pre-planning to minimize frustration that may occur when Windows gets
a bit temperamental. I use both the MallinCam Micro-EX and the MallinCam
Signature exclusively with computer control, so I needed to assign one USB port
for my video input (MCV) and another USB port for my serial cable (Belkin USB
Serial cable). I even label which port is which on my lap-top (just in case I forget). I
will always use the same port for each device, so that I will not have multiple
versions of the drivers for multiple USB ports (you are just teasing the windows
gods if you mix and match, and they will get even).
The MCV-1 and MCV-1e are heavy and depending upon your computer’s
manufacturer, the MCV may put some strain on the USB port. Therefore I use a
small 6” USB cable extender, and plug the extender into the USB port for and plug
the MCV into the other end of the extender.
Step 1
Open the Package
When you open the package you will find:
 1 mini CD
 1 User’s Manual
 MCV-1 (1e) Do not inset this into USB port until instructed
 Take the instruction booklet and the mini CD and place them on the table. If
your computer cannot handle a mini CD (you cannot physically lock the CD into
the centre hole of the CD drive), then you can down load the software by
following the next step
 Go to the MallincamUSA website and download the latest drivers for the MCV
device:
http://www.mallincamusa.com/Files/MVC-1%20Software%20CD.zip
This file is in a zip format, so you will need to unzip the file.
You should see 5 folders and about 4 other files inside the unzipped
folder.
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Insert the MCV-1 or MCV-1e
Remember the USB port you choose for the MCV; you will always use this USB
port for the MCV.
 The Windows will find new hardware and will attempt to load drivers. It
will most likely fail on one driver. Don’t worry that is why you have the
driver installation software.
 Either insert the CD or run the program autorun.exe in the folder of the
file you downloaded.
 When you see the green USB 2.0 HD HV Grabber screen, CLICK on the
option: Install Drivers.
 You may receive a Windows warning asking you if you want to allow the
installation to run, Click Yes.
 Follow the instructions on the Installation of USB Video/Audio Device
Driver Wizard that is displayed on the desktop.
 The installation takes under a minute. Once complete, you will be
presented with a notification windows, click Finish with the “Yes, I want
to restart my computer now” option selected.
 The computer will restart. Login in as you normally would.
 You don’t need to install any of the other files from the HD AV Grabber
installer.
Step 3
Checking out the MCV-1 or MCV-1e
It is always a good idea to check out the MCV-1e to see if it is running correctly
after you have done a first time installation.
 Start the Image software that you will using to display your Micro-EX
Video image such as: AmpCap, SharpCap, VirtualDub,..)
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 In the Video Device menu, you should see a Video Source called “USB
2828x Device”. This is the driver for either the MCV-1 or MCV-1e device.
This is the one we want. Select it
 Power up your Signature, and you should be able to see the camera’s
images on the video window of your software.
Note
Oh No, the video is not working correctly, strange stuff is happening and it is
not my camera
After you have checked all of the obvious: Power to the Micro-EX, Software
(AMCAP) is pointing to the correct input device on the MCV (remember it has 2
connection types: RCA and SVIDEO).
 Down load the updated MCV-1 or MCV-1e driver from the Mallincam
Software Links Site:
I have put a copy here on my own site of the latest driver called:
BDA_UAC_WHQL_082311_Setup.rar
My file location: http://sdrv.ms/Lb3wV3
Note this is a RAR file, and you will need a free RAR extractor program
to unzip this file. A good free RAR extractor is called: 7-Zip
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Appendix D – Installing RS485 Communications
RS485 Communications
There are two ways to connect your computer to the Mallincam Micro-EX. The
first way is through a USB direct to MallinCam Micro-EX cable, and the second
way is through a connection path USB to RS232 Serial Adapter -> RS232 to RS485
plug -> Micro EX RS485 cable. Either technique works well, and the method of
choice depends upon your preference. For more information visit either The
Mallincam Website (www.Mallincam.net) or the Zengineering Website (www.
http://zengineering.us/.
USB Direct to Mallincam Micro-EX cable
This may be the easiest way to communicate between the Micro EX and your
computer.





Install the drivers that came with the product.
Plug in the cable.
Visit the Device Manager in Windows to check what Com Port the cable
will use.
Match the Com port on Stephane’s Micro-EX
Connect and use.
Using a USB to RS232 Adapter
Most of us already have a USB to RS232 Adapter, so this connection path will be
the one you may end up using so detailed instructions are provided.
To USB Port
on
Computer
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The USB to RS232 Adapter
To control the camera through the Micro-EX RS485 Port you will require a way to
communicate through a USB Port on your computer. This is done through a RS232
Adapter Cable.
The ideal USB to RS232 Adapter is usually computer specific (and sometimes
Operating system specific).
When you purchase a USB to RS232 adapter, purchase a brand name one that
specifically states that it is 100% compatible with your operating system. There
are some cheap prolific chip set knock offs that are incompatible with updated
drivers (Error -10 (failure to load drivers). MallinCam users have had no issue with
USB to RS232 Adapters with the FTDI chipset.
On the Macintosh, excellent results with adapters from Tripplite (formerly
Keyspan), IOGear, FTDI and TrendNet, since these manufactures provide upto-date drivers compatible with most versions of Mac OS X
Step 1
Installing the USB to RS232 Adapter (Windows 7/8 Specific)
Most USB to RS232 Adapters come with a CD that contains the driver for the
adapter. I recommend using that CD as a last resort, as Windows Operating
system (Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1) usually goes a fine job in
automatically downloading the latest drivers for your adapter.
Insert you USB to RS232 Adapter into a free USB Port on your
computer
Windows will beep to recognize that an adapter has been inserted into a USB
Port. After a few seconds the following message singular to the one below should
appear on the bottom right of your Windows screen.
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The little green shade will move around the icon that the Installing device driver
software message is pointing to while the driver is being installed (may take
about a minute).
Once completed, the following pop-up message should appear (name of driver
may be different, depending upon which USB to RS232 adapter you are using)
The driver has been successfully downloaded and installed. Make note of both
the Port that you have used for your USB to RS232 Adapter (you should always
use the same Port) and what COM value Windows has assigned for this adapter
(5 in image above).
As a fast check to ensure everything is setup correctly, go into the Device
Manager on Windows and ensure that your adapter has the same settings as
below (COM Port number may be different)
Oh No, Driver did not install correctly.
Sometimes the Window’s gods are having a bad day and they decide to take it
out on you. Don’t Panic. If you check the Ports (COM & LPT) or Other devices list
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item in the Device Manger from the Control Panel, you may see a yellow warning
beside the Adapter, this indicates the current driver is incompatible.
There could be many reasons for the driver not to install, the most common
being that there already is an old incompatible driver already in the system, or
Windows could not locate the driver for you particular USB to RS232 Adapter.
Check to see if you already have a driver installed and remove it if
necessary from your system.
With the USB to RS232 Adapter still inserted in a USB Port.
 From the Control Panel, go into the Device Manager, and click on the
Ports (COM & LPT) arrow.
 Right Click on the driver name (Prolific USB-to-Serial Com Port (Com4) in
my image above) and Choose Uninstall when Pop-up List appears.
 Let Windows do its uninstall thing and when completed, remove the USB
to RS232 Adapter from the Port.
Download and install latest driver specifically for your Device (or
use the installation CD that came with the Adapter)
 Now visit the site of the USB to RS232 Adapter you own and download the
latest driver and follow the installation instructions from the site. (If you are
using the CD, follow the instruction that came with the Adapter).
 The Final step in either the download or CD option you chose will be to
reinsert the USB to RS232 Adapter back into you USB Port, and windows
should finish the installation process and then display success popup
menu with the COM Port it has assigned to your Adapter.
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Connect the USB to RS232 Adapter to RSR232/RS485 Connector
You now need to connect the RS232 Adapter to the RS232 end of the RS232/RS485
Connector that came with your kit. It will only connect one way.
RS232 Adapter
Step 3
RS232/RS485 Connector
Adapter
Connect the Micro EX to the RS232/RS45 Connector
Now connect the RS485 end of the RS232/RS485 Connector to the provided Micro Ex
Cable and insert the IRIS end of the cable into the IRIS port on the back of the Micro-EX.
Your communications path is now complete and you should be able to control your Micro
EX through software.
As mentioned in the Connecting Micro EX to Computer section. You
must ensure that the Micro EX has the COMM ID is set to 1 and that this
is saved as the default for the camera.
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Appendix E – Accessories for the Micro-EX
Upscaler
Digital View Finder
Digital View Finder Kit
8” Monitor
12” and 15” Monitor
2” c-mount adapter
MCV-1 (MCV-1-E)
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Appendix F – First Aid for the Micro-EX
The Image from the Micro-EX is jumping all over the place
Diagnosis:
The camera is not getting a proper video signal.
Cure:
Check to make sure that the video cable is snuggly connected
from the Micro-EX to the Computer.
The Software Does not Control the Micro-EX.
Diagnosis:
The computer communication settings do not match that of the
Micro-EX.
Cure:
Ensure that the correct connections are made between the MicroEX and the computer. Make sure that both the computer and the
Micro-EX are communication at 9600 Baud. Make sure that both
the computer and the Software are using the identical com Port
number. Make sure that the Micro-EX is set to COMM ID: 1 and that
this is the default by issuing a SAVE/EXIT from the Micro-EX On
Screen Display.
When I have my Video Software connect to my Mallincam through my MCV-1
adapter I only see a Blue screen.
Diagnosis:
Cure:
The MCV-1 or other adapters can have multiple video input
connections. For example the MCV-1 has both composite and Svideo. The cause of this symptom is that MallinCam is looking at one
of those input ports, while the camera is sending the image through
the other. Your Video Display software then just gives a Blue screen
to say that I see nothing at the MCV-1 source.
Set the video to use the Composite port on the x2828 (MCV)
video driver. Note: Miloslick/Splitcam/AmCap can change
the port choice of the MCV-1. Just go into the Video Tab and
in the Drop Down list choose Video Input. Inside this drop
down will be the choice of input ports.
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My MallinCam is frozen, or the commands do not seem to be working correctly,
the camera is acting strangely.
Diagnosis:
Somehow the MallinCam internals have become corrupted (power
surge, static, cosmic ray) and all we need to do is reset everything
back to factory settings.
Cure:
The first thing you should do is turn off MallinCam for about 30
seconds, then power it up as you normally would (this fixes about
95% of the issues). If this didn’t help, you can reset the MallinCam
Micro-EX to its Initial Factor Settings by following this sequence:



Press the Center Button so the Menu appears.
Select the EXIT Option
Now Select the INITIALIZE option and press the Centre Button
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3. Day & Night
4. Effect
Mirror
Sharpness
5. Motion
6. Privacy
7. Enhance (Sys)
Gamma
3D-DNR
Monitor
DPC
8. System (Set)
Comm ID
RS-485
Baudrate
Title
Language
Sync
R(-Y)/B(-Y)
2. Color (RGB)
1. Exposure
Exposure
Options
Sense Up
AGC
Lens
Speed*
Brightness
Menu
Parameter
English
Internal
As Needed
English
Internal
As Needed
1
Pelco-D
9600
1
Pelco-D
9600
As Needed
Auto
Off
As Needed
As Needed
1.0
As Needed
As Needed
1.0
---
~ 40
ATW (auto)
---/--Night (bw)
~ 40
ATW (auto)
---/--Day (color)
~ 10
-----
X512
X128
~ 10
-----
Normal
--Off
Low
Electric
dimmer objects
brighter objects
Normal
--Off
Off
Electric
Deep-Sky
Deep-Sky
As Needed
As Needed
English
Internal
As Needed
1
Pelco-D
9600
Off
1.0
---
~ 20
-----
As Needed
English
Internal
As Needed
1
Pelco-D
9600
Off
1.0
---
~ 20
-----
As Needed
~ 40
ATW (auto)
---/--Night (bw)
1/10,000 - 1/4000
1/10,000 - 1/2000
~ 40
ATW (auto)
---/--Night (bw)
WDR
On
Off
Off
Electric
See Note
Moon/Wht Lt Sun
WDR (or HLI)
On (HLI = 40)
Off
Off
Electric
See Note
Solar Ha
As Needed
English
Internal
As Needed
1
Pelco-D
9600
Off
1.0
---
~ 20
-----
As Needed
~ 40
ATW (auto)
---/--Day (color)
1/1000 - 1/60
Normal
--Off
Off
Electric
bright comets
Planets
Not to be Changed
Change if Needed (to Chinese)
(up to 16 characters)
Not Changed (for cable use)
0-254 (As needed for cable use)
Not Changed (for cable use)
for auto hot pixel correction
(CRT-LCD) Rarely Changed
0.3 = bright / 1.0 = dark
(0 - 5 stacked frames)
Not Used/Not to be Changed
Not Used/Not to be Changed
(Off - Hor - Vert - Rotate)
(0 - 49)
(use only Day - Night - Auto)
(0 - 255 if adjusting needed)
(0 - 99) Rarely Changed
(Manual, AWC to capture/freeze)
Depends on Optics/Object
Not to be Changed
Rarely Changed
WDR Auto=0-20 / HLI=0-40
HLI dims bright areas
Comments
as of: 19 Mar'14
Micro-EX User Manual
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Appendix G – Suggested Item Specific Settings
Fantastic work from Jim K (SkyGazer)
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Menu
Parameter
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Comments
1. Exposure
Exposure
Options
Sense Up
AGC
Lens
Speed
Brightness
2. Color (RGB)
R(-Y)/B(-Y)
3. Day & Night
Setting
4. Effect
Mirror
Sharpness
5. Motion
6. Privacy
7. Enhance
Gamma
3D-DNR
Monitor
DPC
8. System (Set)
Comm ID
RS-485
Baudrate
Title
Language
Sync
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Another Great Template from Jim K (SkyGazer)
OBJECT
DATE
CONDITIONS:
OBJECT
DATE
CONDITIONS:
TELESCOPE
(Aperture / FL)
Reducer /
Barlow
Spacer Rings
Filter Used
EXPOSURE
Sense Up
TELESCOPE
(Aperture / FL)
Reducer /
Barlow
Spacer Rings
Filter Used
EXPOSURE
Sense Up
AGC
Lens (Electric)
Speed
Brightness
COLOR (RGB)
DAY & NIGHT
EFFECT - Mirror
Sharpness
ENHANCE Gamma
Normal / WDR=
/ HLI=
Off
Off / Low / Medium /
High
ATW / ATC / Manual R=
B=
Day (color) / Night (bw) /
Auto
Off / Hor / Vert / Rotate
0.3 / 0.45 / 0.6 / 1.0
3D-DNR
Monitor
DPC
COMMENTS:
Micro-EX User Manual
CRT / LCD
Off / Auto
AGC
Lens (Electric)
Speed
Brightness
COLOR (RGB)
DAY & NIGHT
EFFECT - Mirror
Sharpness
ENHANCE Gamma
3D-DNR
Monitor
DPC
COMMENTS:
Normal / WDR=
/ HLI=
Off
Off / Low / Medium /
High
ATW / ATC / Manual R=
B=
Day (color) / Night (bw) /
Auto
Off / Hor / Vert / Rotate
0.3 / 0.45 / 0.6 / 1.0
CRT / LCD
Off / Auto
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May 6, 2014
OBJECT
DATE
CONDITIONS:
OBJECT
DATE
CONDITIONS:
TELESCOPE
(Aperture / FL)
Reducer /
Barlow
Spacer Rings
Filter Used
EXPOSURE
Sense Up
TELESCOPE
(Aperture / FL)
Reducer /
Barlow
Spacer Rings
Filter Used
EXPOSURE
Sense Up
AGC
Lens (Electric)
Speed
Brightness
COLOR (RGB)
DAY & NIGHT
EFFECT - Mirror
Sharpness
ENHANCE Gamma
Normal / WDR=
/ HLI=
Off
Off / Low / Medium /
High
ATW / ATC / Manual R=
B=
Day (color) / Night (bw) /
Auto
Off / Hor / Vert / Rotate
0.3 / 0.45 / 0.6 / 1.0
3D-DNR
Monitor
DPC
COMMENTS:
Micro-EX User Manual
CRT / LCD
Off / Auto
AGC
Lens (Electric)
Speed
Brightness
COLOR (RGB)
DAY & NIGHT
EFFECT - Mirror
Sharpness
ENHANCE Gamma
3D-DNR
Monitor
DPC
COMMENTS:
Normal / WDR=
/ HLI=
Off
Off / Low / Medium /
High
ATW / ATC / Manual R=
B=
Day (color) / Night (bw) /
Auto
Off / Hor / Vert / Rotate
0.3 / 0.45 / 0.6 / 1.0
CRT / LCD
Off / Auto
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Appendix H – Notes
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