Re: [MaxImDL] Re: QHY5L-II anyone using this camera?


Nov 21, 2008

 


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#34755 Nov 21, 2008

Hello, folks -



I have a simple question (I think): Will MaxIm LE (not DL) support the

QHY5 as a guider camera, or is the choice of guider cameras limited in

that version?



Thanks & regards,

Bill Arden



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#34994 Dec 14, 2008

wardenmsp wrote: > Hello, folks -

>

> I have a simple question (I think): Will MaxIm LE (not DL) support the

> QHY5 as a guider camera, or is the choice of guider cameras limited in

> that version?



The supported equipment list is limited in LE, per our agreement with QSI.



QSI recently asked us to add a few models from various manufacturers, but I

don't think QHY was on the list.



Doug



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Doug George

dgeorge@...



Diffraction Limited

Makers of Cyanogen Imaging Products

www.cyanogen.com



100 Craig Henry Dr., Suite 202

Ottawa, Ontario,

Canada, K2G 5W3



Phone: (613) 225-2732

Fax: (613) 225-9688



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#35011 Dec 14, 2008

OK, great. Thanks. At least now I know (and thanks for also explaining

why), and I can stop looking for it.



I appreciate the help!



Bill Arden

--- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, "Douglas B. George" dg@...> wrote:

>

> wardenmsp wrote:

> > Hello, folks -

> >

> > I have a simple question (I think): Will MaxIm LE (not DL) support the

> > QHY5 as a guider camera, or is the choice of guider cameras limited in

> > that version?

>

> The supported equipment list is limited in LE, per our agreement

with QSI.

>

> QSI recently asked us to add a few models from various

manufacturers, but I

> don't think QHY was on the list.

>

> Doug

>

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>

> Doug George

> dgeorge@...

>

> Diffraction Limited

> Makers of Cyanogen Imaging Products

> www.cyanogen.com

>

> 100 Craig Henry Dr., Suite 202

> Ottawa, Ontario,

> Canada, K2G 5W3

>

> Phone: (613) 225-2732

> Fax: (613) 225-9688

>

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>



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#35051 Dec 19, 2008

Hi all,

With my new v5.02 the MaxImDSLR does not recognize the cmos qhy5 and

pl-130m.

The drivers of the two cameras are installed correctly, but in the Setup

menu of the camera model does not appear any information about these

cameras. Only I can see the default cameras.

Any suggestions?. Thanks for your help



Regards,



Jose Fernandez

=====================

Jose Fernandez

josefg@...

www.luzestelar.com

=====================







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#35052 Dec 19, 2008

Jos. Fern.ndez wrote: > Hi all,

> With my new v5.02 the MaxImDSLR does not recognize the cmos qhy5 and

> pl-130m.

> The drivers of the two cameras are installed correctly, but in the Setup

> menu of the camera model does not appear any information about these

> cameras. Only I can see the default cameras.

> Any suggestions?. Thanks for your help



QHY provides all drivers for MaxIm DL. Please contact QHY for assistance with

their camera plug-in drivers.



Doug



---------------



Doug George

dgeorge@...



Diffraction Limited

Makers of Cyanogen Imaging Products

www.cyanogen.com



100 Craig Henry Dr., Suite 202

Ottawa, Ontario,

Canada, K2G 5W3



Phone: (613) 225-2732

Fax: (613) 225-9688



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#35080 Dec 20, 2008

Hi Jose,



I bought my QHY5 from KW-Telescope in Kitchener, Ontario CANADA. They

link to the driver and MaxIm plugin on their website www.kwtelescope.com



However, I just tried to download the plugin, and discovered that none

of the links on their download page seem to be working today - I have

sent them an email. One of their servers may be down due to heavy

snowstorms in that area.



It may be that we simply need to download and install this plugin for

the QHY5, in order to get MaxIm to recognize the camera type.



However, have you tried using PHD (it is free) to connect to the QHY5?

I got it working and it did a good job. However, I was using the

direct ST4 guide port method to control my EQ6 Pro mount. I was unable

to get PHD to control the mount through ASCOM / EQMOD, although I

understand it is supposed to work. I use EQMOD and TheSky6 to point

and control the mount.



But let's try to download and install the QHY5 plugin and see if that

works.



Regards

Tim



--- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, Jos. Fern.ndez jose.fg@...> wrote:

>

> Hi Tim,

> That is EXACTLY the problem that I have

>

> Regards,

>

> Jose Fernandez

> =====================

> Jose Fernandez

> josefg@...

> www.luzestelar.com

> =====================







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#35081 Dec 20, 2008

Hi Tim,

You can also download the MaxIm driver from:

www.astrosoft.be/release.asp

But with this driver do not work.

With PHDGuiding there is no problem, I have worked fine for more than 1

year with this soft.



Regards,



Jose Fernandez

=====================

Jose Fernandez

josefg@...

www.luzestelar.com

=====================







tim_lahey escribi.: >

> Hi Jose,

>

> I bought my QHY5 from KW-Telescope in Kitchener, Ontario CANADA. They

> link to the driver and MaxIm plugin on their website www.kwtelescope.com

>

> However, I just tried to download the plugin, and discovered that none

> of the links on their download page seem to be working today - I have

> sent them an email. One of their servers may be down due to heavy

> snowstorms in that area.

>

> It may be that we simply need to download and install this plugin for

> the QHY5, in order to get MaxIm to recognize the camera type.

>

> However, have you tried using PHD (it is free) to connect to the QHY5?

> I got it working and it did a good job. However, I was using the

> direct ST4 guide port method to control my EQ6 Pro mount. I was unable

> to get PHD to control the mount through ASCOM / EQMOD, although I

> understand it is supposed to work. I use EQMOD and TheSky6 to point

> and control the mount.

>

> But let's try to download and install the QHY5 plugin and see if that

> works.

>

> Regards

> Tim

>

> --- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com>,

> Jos. Fern.ndez jose.fg@...> wrote:

> >

> > Hi Tim,

> > That is EXACTLY the problem that I have

> >

> > Regards,

> >

> > Jose Fernandez

---------------

> > Jose Fernandez

> > josefg@...

> > www.luzestelar.com

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>

>





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#35082 Dec 20, 2008

Gents







I think drivers are available at www.qhyccd.com www.qhyccd.com/>

follow the link to .Mr Tom.s. drivers.







Regards



Adrien Richardson







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From: MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com [mailto:MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of

tim_lahey

Sent: Saturday, December 20, 2008 2:28 PM

To: MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com

Subject: [MaxImDL] Re: QHY5 cmos problems







Hi Jose,



I bought my QHY5 from KW-Telescope in Kitchener, Ontario CANADA. They

link to the driver and MaxIm plugin on their website www.kwtelescope.com



However, I just tried to download the plugin, and discovered that none

of the links on their download page seem to be working today - I have

sent them an email. One of their servers may be down due to heavy

snowstorms in that area.



It may be that we simply need to download and install this plugin for

the QHY5, in order to get MaxIm to recognize the camera type.



However, have you tried using PHD (it is free) to connect to the QHY5?

I got it working and it did a good job. However, I was using the

direct ST4 guide port method to control my EQ6 Pro mount. I was unable

to get PHD to control the mount through ASCOM / EQMOD, although I

understand it is supposed to work. I use EQMOD and TheSky6 to point

and control the mount.



But let's try to download and install the QHY5 plugin and see if that

works.



Regards

Tim



--- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com> .com, Jos.

Fern.ndez jose.fg@...> wrote: >

> Hi Tim,

> That is EXACTLY the problem that I have

>

> Regards,

>

> Jose Fernandez

> =====================

> Jose Fernandez

> josefg@...

> www.luzestelar.com

> =====================











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#35084 Dec 20, 2008

Jos. Fern.ndez wrote: > Hi Doug,

> The same problem arises with another plugins MaxIm camera (Optistar PL-130M)

> However, with this camera If I select the default video DS Camera Model

> the camera work properly.

> It seems as if Maxim does not update the default drivers, although the

> drivers are installed correctly

> I do not understand anything

o

We do not install or update third party drivers, period. That is up to the

manufacturer.



We do have plug-ins that connect third-party camera drivers into our software.

A large number of these plug-ins are supplied by us (for example, SBIG, Apogee,

Video DS, DSLRs, etc.). However a good number are supplied by the manufacturer

but included with our installer as a convenience (e.g. SS AutoGuider, Starfish).

Others are distributed directly by the manufacturer without our involvement

(e.g. QHY, DTA, Yankee Robotics). There are probably supported cameras that

I've never heard of.



We have no ability to support manufacturer-supplied plug-ins. In many cases

we've never even seen the cameras those plug-ins control.



I've never heard of an Optistar. It doesn't even turn up on Google. You'll

have to ask the manufacturer for help.



Doug



---------------



Doug George

dgeorge@...



Diffraction Limited

Makers of Cyanogen Imaging Products

www.cyanogen.com



100 Craig Henry Dr., Suite 202

Ottawa, Ontario,

Canada, K2G 5W3



Phone: (613) 225-2732

Fax: (613) 225-9688



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#35086 Dec 20, 2008

www.opticstar.com/Run/Astronomy/Astro-Imagers-Opticstar.asp?s=2ebab55d-4873-4b65-8edc-7f8ecdfb32ea&p=0_10_0_50_80



Douglas B. George escribi.: >

> Jos. Fern.ndez wrote:

> > Hi Doug,

> > The same problem arises with another plugins MaxIm camera (Optistar

> PL-130M)

> > However, with this camera If I select the default video DS Camera Model

> > the camera work properly.

> > It seems as if Maxim does not update the default drivers, although the

> > drivers are installed correctly

> > I do not understand anything

> o

> We do not install or update third party drivers, period. That is up to

> the

> manufacturer.

>

> We do have plug-ins that connect third-party camera drivers into our

> software.

> A large number of these plug-ins are supplied by us (for example,

> SBIG, Apogee,

> Video DS, DSLRs, etc.). However a good number are supplied by the

> manufacturer

> but included with our installer as a convenience (e.g. SS AutoGuider,

> Starfish).

> Others are distributed directly by the manufacturer without our

> involvement

> (e.g. QHY, DTA, Yankee Robotics). There are probably supported cameras

> that

> I've never heard of.

>

> We have no ability to support manufacturer-supplied plug-ins. In many

> cases

> we've never even seen the cameras those plug-ins control.

>



>

> I've never heard of an Optistar. It doesn't even turn up on Google.

> You'll

> have to ask the manufacturer for help.

>

> Doug

>

---------------

>

> Doug George

> dgeorge@... mailto:dgeorge%40cyanogen.com>

>

> Diffraction Limited

> Makers of Cyanogen Imaging Products

> www.cyanogen.com www.cyanogen.com>

>

> 100 Craig Henry Dr., Suite 202

> Ottawa, Ontario,

> Canada, K2G 5W3

>

> Phone: (613) 225-2732

> Fax: (613) 225-9688

>

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>

>





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#35091 Dec 21, 2008

Hi Tim,

I'm using the MaxIm DSLR v5.02 upgraded to v5.03 yesterday and with the

same results, the Opticstar PL-130M (www.opticstar.com) and QHY5

Mono do not work (in two different computers).

This afternoon I installed the QHY5 drivers on the pc portable of a

friend mine with MaxIm DSLR v4.6. He was who encouraged me to buy this

software

What has been the result?........... in the setup camera model appears

"CMOS Guider", that means the QHY5 camera. The driver and the camera

work with the v4.6 but not with the v5.02.

Tim, I feel that my money has gone to the trash. After spending $399 in

the MaxIm DSLR I am using PHDGuiding and the original Canon XSi software

..... with a cost of zero dollars. These are the facts



Regards,



Jose Fernandez

=====================

Jose Fernandez

josefg@...

www.luzestelar.com

=====================







tim_lahey escribi.: >

> Hi Doug & Jose,

>

> I appreciate that there are many cameras that you may not have seen,

> and that it is difficult to keep up with changes.

>

> However, all I was really asking was how an installed Plug-In or

> Driver might appear on the MaxImDL screens, so we could tell whether

> the QHY5 was being recognized.

>

> Also, I had observed that there is a "Plug-in" drop-down menu that

> offers the option of installing or removing plug-ins. When I use its

> Browse function, I see about 35 files with names such as

> CCDPlugASCOM.dll, plus many more DLL files. So it seems that MaxImDL

> may have some role in installing various plug-ins.

>

> I have confirmed that the driver and the MaxIm plug-in at the KW-

> Telescope site appear to be the same as those available at

> www.qhyccd.com (link supplied by Adrien Richardson).

>

> The MaxIm plug-in file CG_Maxim.exe appears to install 5 files in the

> MaxImDL5 folder C:\Program Files\Diffraction Limited\MaxIm DL V5.

> These are:

>

> CCDPlugCMOSGuider.dll

> CMOSDll.dll

> QHY5dia.dll

> unins000.dat

> unins000.exe

>

> As per my earlier posting, I am running MaxImDSLR 5.02.

>

> After running this program, I tried to add this plugin using

> the "Plug-in" menu. However, when I selected CCDPlugCMOSGuider.dll,

> I get the message "The selected file does not contain a valid plug-in

> object". I get the same error for both of the other files installed

> by CG_Maxim.exe.

>

> I realize that the content of these files is up to the supplier, and

> not Diffraction Limited, and I am not looking to DL for any

> explanation of what is "wrong" with their content.

>

> However, I may have found a simple explanation as to why the QHY5

> camera is not working for me, and perhaps Doug can confirm whether

> this is the real issue.

>

> In the Help, I find under Product Levels that "Third Party Camera

> Plug-in Support" is only available under MaxImDL Pro and not the DSLR

> version that I am running (I don't know which version Jose is

> running).

>

> Farther down on this Help page, it lists the "Cameras Supported". I

> see that MaxImDSLR only supports a specific list of cameras, plus

> some DSLR cameras. This list seems to match what I see in the Camera

> Select drop-down list on the camera control.

>

> Doug: Is this the simple reason why I cannot "see" this camera, even

> after installing the drivers and plug-in? Do I have to upgrade to

> the Pro version in order to use this guide camera in MaxImDL?

>

> If this is indeed the answer, then perhaps you can understand why we

> are confused, since your responses did not remind us of the

> restrictions on the various versions of MaxImDL, and left me with the

> impression that the problem could only rest with QHYCCD.

>

> If this is NOT the reason, and it is indeed something wrong with the

> files supplied by QHYDDC, then I can pursue the problem with them. I

> could find nothing relevant on their discussion group - not even

> which version (4 or 5) of MaxIm their files are developed for

> (although I would think it is 5 if they are talking "Plug-ins"

> because I don't recall seeing any option for plug-ins in V4).

>

> Doug: It is not my intention to annoy or antagonize you over this -

> I am simply trying to use your product and understand how it works,

> and be able to use all of its features, and perhaps even integrate

> the QHY5 autoguider into the mix. I too am a software developer, and

> understand the difficulties involved when third-party software and

> hardware is involved. If what is required is some interface software

> to work with the QHY cameras, then perhaps I could even try to do

> something there to help. However, since the autoguiding function is

> secondary to the imaging camera control (and MaxIm is operating my

> Canon Digital Rebel XT just fine), and since I have the QHY5 working

> with PHD (which is free), I don't see why I would spend a significant

> chunk of money to upgrade to the Pro version of MaxImDL just to let

> me "try" to install the QHY5 plug-in but then have no support from DL

> if it doesn't work.

>

> As for the QHY series of cameras, I think you will find they are

> becoming very popular. They have received several favourable reviews

> in different magazines. See KW-Telescope's website for an example of

> one Canadian vendor's presentation. I also received glowing comments

> about the QHY8 camera when I dropped in to Starizona a couple weeks

> ago, and from Jack Newton (himself!) when I visited him in Arizona

> Sky Village shortly thereafter.

>

> Jose: Which version of MaxImDL are you using (4 or 5, Basic, IP,

> DSLR, or Pro)?

>

> Regards

> Tim Lahey

>

> --- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com>,

> "Douglas B. George" dg@...> wrote:

>

> > Please see my last message.

> >

> > I have no idea how the QHY drivers are installed or how they work,

> because I

> > have never seen a QHY camera.

> >

> > Doug

> >

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> >

> > Doug George

>

>





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#35094 Dec 21, 2008

Opticstar drivers for MaximDL are a piece of junk. They somewhat work

on Windows XP SP2 with a few quirks. They crash MaximDL and Nebulosity

on XP SP3. Their tech support is NOT helpful at all. All is fine to

those buffoons.



-Adam



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#35096 Dec 21, 2008

Sorry for this, but I've see that you are useing MaxIm DSLR 5.02.

And you say that yours have Canon EOS on the list, I've was trying to help a friend of mine with MaxIm DSLR 5.02 and a Canon EOS350 (Canon EOS 2). But his list only contains guiders?

So maybe something is happing under some versions of windows, his is a danish one.



Michael.



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Fra: MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com p. vegne af tim_lahey

Sendt: s. 21-12-2008 14:05

Til: MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com

Emne: [MaxImDL] Re: QHY5 cmos problems















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#35097 Dec 22, 2008

Hi Adam,







I am surprised to read your comments about the Opticstar drivers. In the

past few years I have discovered that most problems that I have had with

MaximDL have been down to me not knowing how to get things working. In 99.9%

of cases it is not a problem with MaximDL. I too have some Opticstar

equipment and initially I could not get it working. I contacted Opticstar

and they bent over backwards to help. In the end it turned out to be a

faulty driver disc and after installing the new one that I received the very

next day (and following their advice) everything worked fine. I too am using

XP on an old laptop. It has all the latest updates and works perfectly. If

you are still having problems I can only suggest that you get back in touch

with Opticstar and let them help you, as they did me. I also know of several

other people who now consider Opticstar to be their supplier of choice due

to the high standard of service that they get from them.







Kevin







From: MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com [mailto:MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of

malanalan

Sent: 22 December 2008 01:07

To: MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com

Subject: [MaxImDL] Re: QHY5 cmos problems







Opticstar drivers for MaximDL are a piece of junk. They somewhat work

on Windows XP SP2 with a few quirks. They crash MaximDL and Nebulosity

on XP SP3. Their tech support is NOT helpful at all. All is fine to

those buffoons.



-Adam











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#35102 Dec 22, 2008

Kevin,

Computer programming pays my bills. The Opticstar drivers are really

bad. I know bad software when I see/use one. I am thankfull to the

credit card company for extracting my money back from Opticstar.



-Adam

--- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, "Kevin Read" Kevin.Read@...> wrote:



>

> Hi Adam,

>

>

>

> I am surprised to read your comments about the Opticstar drivers.

In the

> past few years I have discovered that most problems that I have had

with

> MaximDL have been down to me not knowing how to get things working.

In 99.9%

> of cases it is not a problem with MaximDL. I too have some Opticstar

> equipment and initially I could not get it working. I contacted

Opticstar

> and they bent over backwards to help. In the end it turned out to

be a

> faulty driver disc and after installing the new one that I received

the very

> next day (and following their advice) everything worked fine. I too

am using

> XP on an old laptop. It has all the latest updates and works

perfectly. If

> you are still having problems I can only suggest that you get back

in touch

> with Opticstar and let them help you, as they did me. I also know

of several

> other people who now consider Opticstar to be their supplier of

choice due

> to the high standard of service that they get from them.

>

>

>

> Kevin

>

>

>

> From: MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com [mailto:MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com] On

Behalf Of

> malanalan

> Sent: 22 December 2008 01:07

> To: MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com

> Subject: [MaxImDL] Re: QHY5 cmos problems

>

>

>

> Opticstar drivers for MaximDL are a piece of junk. They somewhat

work

> on Windows XP SP2 with a few quirks. They crash MaximDL and

Nebulosity

> on XP SP3. Their tech support is NOT helpful at all. All is fine to

> those buffoons.

>

> -Adam

>

>

>

>

>

> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

>



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#35103 Dec 22, 2008

Hi Adam,







If they were that bad mine would not work and nor would those of other

people that I know. I spoke recently to friend of mine who has been imaging

for years and he swears by them. Probably you do too but in a different way.

No doubt, seeing you have been paid out, Opticstar will examine the camera

and find out what went wrong with it. Better luck with your next purchase.







Kevin







From: MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com [mailto:MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of

malanalan

Sent: 22 December 2008 22:26

To: MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com

Subject: [MaxImDL] Re: QHY5 cmos problems







Kevin,

Computer programming pays my bills. The Opticstar drivers are really

bad. I know bad software when I see/use one. I am thankfull to the

credit card company for extracting my money back from Opticstar.



-Adam



--- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com> , "Kevin

Read" Kevin.Read@...> wrote:

>

> Hi Adam,

>

>

>

> I am surprised to read your comments about the Opticstar drivers.

In the > past few years I have discovered that most problems that I have had

with > MaximDL have been down to me not knowing how to get things working.

In 99.9% > of cases it is not a problem with MaximDL. I too have some Opticstar

> equipment and initially I could not get it working. I contacted

Opticstar > and they bent over backwards to help. In the end it turned out to

be a > faulty driver disc and after installing the new one that I received

the very > next day (and following their advice) everything worked fine. I too

am using > XP on an old laptop. It has all the latest updates and works

perfectly. If > you are still having problems I can only suggest that you get back

in touch > with Opticstar and let them help you, as they did me. I also know

of several > other people who now consider Opticstar to be their supplier of

choice due > to the high standard of service that they get from them.

>

>

>

> Kevin

>

>

>

> From: MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com>

[mailto:MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com> ] On

Behalf Of > malanalan

> Sent: 22 December 2008 01:07

> To: MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com>

> Subject: [MaxImDL] Re: QHY5 cmos problems

>

>

>

> Opticstar drivers for MaximDL are a piece of junk. They somewhat

work > on Windows XP SP2 with a few quirks. They crash MaximDL and

Nebulosity > on XP SP3. Their tech support is NOT helpful at all. All is fine to

> those buffoons.

>

> -Adam

>

>

>

>

>

> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

>











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#35112 Dec 24, 2008

So the QHY5 does not work with Maxim.



I would think the QHY8 does from what i have heard.



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#35117 Dec 25, 2008

Hi,



Can you please let me know what issues you have with the QHY5 under

Maxim, Normally the camera should work under Maxim as do other QHY

cameras.



regards

Tom





--- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, "Russ Garrett" russ@...> wrote:

>

> So the QHY5 does not work with Maxim.

>

> I would think the QHY8 does from what i have heard.

>



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#35126 Dec 26, 2008

--- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, "Tom VdEede" t.vandeneede@...> wrote: >

> Hi,

>

> The reason the QHY5 is not showing in the list is that the camera

> most likely is not installed in the Maxim directory.

>

> When releasing V5, Maxim installed in another directory. When

using > the QHY5 installer, it will by default point to the OLD directory

> (V4) and not to the V5.

>

> Just run the installer for the drivers once more and make sure you

> properly select the installation directory to point to the location

> where Maxim V5 is installed (c:\Program Files\Diffraction

> Limited\MaxIm DL V5\ on my system) and see if you pick up the

> drivers afterwards.

>

> regards

>

> Tom





Hi Tom,



Thanks for your efforts to assist us.



However, it seems of no use because in message 35092 Doug George

confirmed that ...



"Yes, you need to run the Pro version [of MaxImDL5] in order to get

additional third-party cameras supported."



as I had discovered from reading the Help.



He also confirmed that the "Plug-In" dropdown menu in MaxImDL is only

for "Image processing" plug-ins, and not camera plug-ins.





Jose and I are both running the DSLR version of MaxImDL, so we

are "doomed" unless we choose to upgrade.





Just to be sure, I have indeed confirmed that the extracted files

were loaded into the correct target folder. MaxImDL5 (DSLR) still

could NOT see the guider camera in the selection list. So the "Pro"

versus "DSLR" version problem must be the explanation.





As I explained in an earlier post, the camera is working fine for me

using PHD, so I really have no NEED to make it work with MaxImDL - it

just would be nice if I COULD use it if I wanted to. But I don't

intend to pay the upgrade cost just for access to the guide camera.

Perhaps if I acquire a QHY8 imaging camera, it might make sense.





I have to admit that the issue was quite clear in MaxIm's Help file

under "Versions". It just wasn't obvious to me that support for

third-party GUIDE cameras might have been unavailable in the DSLR

version of MaxImDL, and that it would only be available in the PRO

version. People DO use guiders with DSLR cameras. It wasn't even

the first thing that came to Doug's mind when he responded to Jose

and my original posts - he initially said that DL were not

responsible for ensuring that third-party camera drivers or plug-ins

would work.





QUESTION: Are you the "Tom" of "Software and Drivers by Mr. Tom" on

the QHYCCD website?



Regards

Tim



----------------------------

#35127 Dec 26, 2008

Hi Tim,







why don.t you download the Trial Version of Maxim and install it on a

separate machine, install the QHY .Drivers and test everything before you

buy the upgrade.



I use the QHY6 alias ALCCD5.2 together with Maxim and it works fine







CS











Von: MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com [mailto:MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com] Im Auftrag von

tim_lahey

Gesendet: Freitag, 26. Dezember 2008 13:31

An: MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com

Betreff: [MaxImDL] Re: QHY5 cmos problems







--- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com> , "Tom

VdEede" t.vandeneede@...> wrote: >

> Hi,

>

> The reason the QHY5 is not showing in the list is that the camera

> most likely is not installed in the Maxim directory.

>

> When releasing V5, Maxim installed in another directory. When

using > the QHY5 installer, it will by default point to the OLD directory

> (V4) and not to the V5.

>

> Just run the installer for the drivers once more and make sure you

> properly select the installation directory to point to the location

> where Maxim V5 is installed (c:\Program Files\Diffraction

> Limited\MaxIm DL V5\ on my system) and see if you pick up the

> drivers afterwards.

>

> regards

>

> Tom



Hi Tom,



Thanks for your efforts to assist us.



However, it seems of no use because in message 35092 Doug George

confirmed that ...



"Yes, you need to run the Pro version [of MaxImDL5] in order to get

additional third-party cameras supported."



as I had discovered from reading the Help.



He also confirmed that the "Plug-In" dropdown menu in MaxImDL is only

for "Image processing" plug-ins, and not camera plug-ins.



Jose and I are both running the DSLR version of MaxImDL, so we

are "doomed" unless we choose to upgrade.



Just to be sure, I have indeed confirmed that the extracted files

were loaded into the correct target folder. MaxImDL5 (DSLR) still

could NOT see the guider camera in the selection list. So the "Pro"

versus "DSLR" version problem must be the explanation.



As I explained in an earlier post, the camera is working fine for me

using PHD, so I really have no NEED to make it work with MaxImDL - it

just would be nice if I COULD use it if I wanted to. But I don't

intend to pay the upgrade cost just for access to the guide camera.

Perhaps if I acquire a QHY8 imaging camera, it might make sense.



I have to admit that the issue was quite clear in MaxIm's Help file

under "Versions". It just wasn't obvious to me that support for

third-party GUIDE cameras might have been unavailable in the DSLR

version of MaxImDL, and that it would only be available in the PRO

version. People DO use guiders with DSLR cameras. It wasn't even

the first thing that came to Doug's mind when he responded to Jose

and my original posts - he initially said that DL were not

responsible for ensuring that third-party camera drivers or plug-ins

would work.



QUESTION: Are you the "Tom" of "Software and Drivers by Mr. Tom" on

the QHYCCD website?



Regards

Tim











[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]







----------------------------

#35128 Dec 26, 2008

--- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, "Astro-Hannes ;-\)" astro@...> wrote: >

> Hi Tim,

>

>

>

> why don.t you download the Trial Version of Maxim and install it on

a > separate machine, install the QHY .Drivers and test everything

before you > buy the upgrade.

>

> I use the QHY6 alias ALCCD5.2 together with Maxim and it works fine

>



Thanks,



But which version of MaxImDL are you using? 4 or 5? If version 5, do

you have the LE, IP, DSLR or PRO version?



According to Doug and the MaxImDL5 Help file, third-party camera

drivers or plug-ins only work with the PRO version. Jose and I have

the DSLR version. It simply doesn't "see" the plug-ins for the QHY5

guide camera.



Unless Doug is wrong and/or Jose and I are missing something, the

issue is simply the version of MaxImDL 5 that we have purchased.



I also tried installing the QHY5 plug-in files into my MaxDSLR 4.6

directory, and still could not see the camera listed in the camera

selection drop down list. Am I missing something there? I think

someone else said in this thread that it does work with MaxDSLR 4.6,

but perhaps they meant MaxImDL 4.6.





Right now, even if MaxImDL5 PRO can interface to the QHY5, I

personally have no reason to pay for an upgrade from the DSLR

version, because the camera works fine with the free PHD software

from Stark Labs, and I don't see what I would gain by switching.



Regards

Tim



----------------------------

#35129 Dec 26, 2008

Hi,







as I know when you download the trial you have the Pro Version. Not sure if

it is the Pro Suite.







Try it.







I use the V5 Pro. Just one argument to use a complete software like Maxim

is for example dithering. Maxim tells the integrated guider to move the

mount when it.s finished with downloading the image. An external

Guider-software never knows when the capture-software is ready and dithering

is no option for you.



Or re-centering the telescope after a few images or waiting for settling the

guider below a adjustable guiding-error before starting with a new image.

And so on.



PHD can connect to Nebulosity which is also not a free software. Nothing is

complete free..



The complete set of functions of Maxim makes it to. Maxim.



I don.t want to sell Maxim to you but try the full functional trial of

Maxim and make your own Picture of that software. As I was thinkin about

buying Maxim it was also very hard for me because of the price. But as I saw

what it makes for me I did it. It.s a complete observatory-software without

the need of any other software (for me).







@Doug: Where can I send my banking-data ? :-D *ggg*







CS







Von: MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com [mailto:MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com] Im Auftrag von

tim_lahey

Gesendet: Freitag, 26. Dezember 2008 14:17

An: MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com

Betreff: [MaxImDL] Re: QHY5 cmos problems







--- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com> ,

"Astro-Hannes ;-\)" astro@...> wrote: >

> Hi Tim,

>

>

>

> why don.t you download the Trial Version of Maxim and install it on

a > separate machine, install the QHY .Drivers and test everything

before you > buy the upgrade.

>

> I use the QHY6 alias ALCCD5.2 together with Maxim and it works fine

>



Thanks,



But which version of MaxImDL are you using? 4 or 5? If version 5, do

you have the LE, IP, DSLR or PRO version?



According to Doug and the MaxImDL5 Help file, third-party camera

drivers or plug-ins only work with the PRO version. Jose and I have

the DSLR version. It simply doesn't "see" the plug-ins for the QHY5

guide camera.



Unless Doug is wrong and/or Jose and I are missing something, the

issue is simply the version of MaxImDL 5 that we have purchased.



I also tried installing the QHY5 plug-in files into my MaxDSLR 4.6

directory, and still could not see the camera listed in the camera

selection drop down list. Am I missing something there? I think

someone else said in this thread that it does work with MaxDSLR 4.6,

but perhaps they meant MaxImDL 4.6.



Right now, even if MaxImDL5 PRO can interface to the QHY5, I

personally have no reason to pay for an upgrade from the DSLR

version, because the camera works fine with the free PHD software

from Stark Labs, and I don't see what I would gain by switching.



Regards

Tim











[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]



----------------------------

#35135 Dec 26, 2008

Hi Tim,





I'm usinig the version tha came as the update for Maxim 4.6x so I

think this is the Pro version. Indeed, I don't have the DSLR version

Indeed from the feature matrix

www.cyanogen.com/maxim_matrix.php it seems that Scientific

grade CCD (third party cameras) are not supported by this camera

hence they will not appear in the list.



The QHY cameras should however work for all versions of Maxim

supporting the Scientific-Grade CCD Control. (Pro/Pro Suite)



regards

Tom





--- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, "tim_lahey" timlahey@...> wrote:

>

> --- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, "Astro-Hannes ;-\)" astro@> wrote:

> >

> > Hi Tim,

> >

> >

> >

> > why don.t you download the Trial Version of Maxim and install it

on

> a

> > separate machine, install the QHY .Drivers and test everything

> before you

> > buy the upgrade.

> >

> > I use the QHY6 alias ALCCD5.2 together with Maxim and it works

fine

> >

>

> Thanks,

>

> But which version of MaxImDL are you using? 4 or 5? If version 5,

do

> you have the LE, IP, DSLR or PRO version?

>

> According to Doug and the MaxImDL5 Help file, third-party camera

> drivers or plug-ins only work with the PRO version. Jose and I

have

> the DSLR version. It simply doesn't "see" the plug-ins for the

QHY5

> guide camera.

>

> Unless Doug is wrong and/or Jose and I are missing something, the

> issue is simply the version of MaxImDL 5 that we have purchased.

>

> I also tried installing the QHY5 plug-in files into my MaxDSLR 4.6

> directory, and still could not see the camera listed in the camera

> selection drop down list. Am I missing something there? I think

> someone else said in this thread that it does work with MaxDSLR

4.6,

> but perhaps they meant MaxImDL 4.6.

>

>

> Right now, even if MaxImDL5 PRO can interface to the QHY5, I

> personally have no reason to pay for an upgrade from the DSLR

> version, because the camera works fine with the free PHD software

> from Stark Labs, and I don't see what I would gain by switching.

>

> Regards

> Tim

>







----------------------------

#35141 Dec 27, 2008

Tom VdEede wrote: > Hi Tim,

>

>

> I'm usinig the version tha came as the update for Maxim 4.6x so I

> think this is the Pro version. Indeed, I don't have the DSLR version

> Indeed from the feature matrix

> www.cyanogen.com/maxim_matrix.php it seems that Scientific

> grade CCD (third party cameras) are not supported by this camera

> hence they will not appear in the list.

>

> The QHY cameras should however work for all versions of Maxim

> supporting the Scientific-Grade CCD Control. (Pro/Pro Suite)

>

> regards

> Tom



Tom,



We can arrange for additional cameras in the lower versions of the software, if

they meet our criteria for being included. Please contact us after the holidays

to discuss it.



Doug



---------------



Doug George

dgeorge@...



Diffraction Limited

Makers of Cyanogen Imaging Products

www.cyanogen.com



100 Craig Henry Dr., Suite 202

Ottawa, Ontario,

Canada, K2G 5W3



Phone: (613) 225-2732

Fax: (613) 225-9688



---------------



----------------------------

#39281 Dec 16, 2009

Hi,



Where can I find a step by step configuration on QHY5 guiding with MaximDL? This is because everytime I open up the MaximDL, I dont really know where to start . Funny right?



Hope someone can help me on this.



Regards,



Tommy



----------------------------

#39612 Jan 19, 2010

WithStar96,



Thanks for the feedback. That is a very trivial problem and is very easily

fixed; will be in V5.08.



Doug



--



Doug George

dgeorge@...



Diffraction Limited

Makers of Cyanogen Imaging Products

www.cyanogen.com/



100 Craig Henry Dr., Suite 202

Ottawa, Ontario,

Canada, K2G 5W3



Phone: (613) 225-2732

Fax: (613) 225-9688







withstar96 wrote: > Hello.

>

> I've tried to guide with QHY5 in MaxIm DL 5.

> I installed ASCOM driver from www.astrosoft.be for QHY5 control.

>

> I selected ASCOM from Camera 1 and selected QHY5 from driver selector and

> connected well.

> I also selected Guider Relay as guider output.

>

> Then I tried to calibration with default settings, but my scope did not move.

>

> I asked to QHY CCD forum about this probelm and Mr. Tom gave me an answer.

>

> Here is the URL.

>

> qhyccd.com/ccdbbs/index.php?PHPSESSID=ab63d981fec91b97193e675374abf5f0&to\

> pic=1789.0

>

> I don't use a PC for autoguiding any more(I'm using stand-alone autoguider), but

> I think it's better to tell you about this problem for the best astro-imaging

> software.

>

> Thanks.

>

>

>

>

---------------

>

> Yahoo! Groups Links

>

>

>

>



----------------------------

#42712 Sep 9, 2010

My QHY5 refuses to calibrate as a guider or even Move X, Y. I have tried calibration and guiding with my main camera without any problems.

Does anybody know if I would do better using the QHY driver rather than the ASCOM ome I am using at the moment.



----------------------------

#42713 Sep 9, 2010

Hi John, i had the same problem, you must install the new Ascom driver for

QHY5 .



www.astrosoft.be/NEW/QHY5ASCOMSetup.exe



try it and let me know.



Bye



Rafael Rodriguez



2010/9/10 John stnoble@...>

>

>

> My QHY5 refuses to calibrate as a guider or even Move X, Y. I have tried

> calibration and guiding with my main camera without any problems.

> Does anybody know if I would do better using the QHY driver rather than the

> ASCOM ome I am using at the moment.

>

>

>







--

---------------

*Rafael Rodr.guez Morales*





[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]



----------------------------

#42866 Sep 21, 2010

I have a QHY5 which I just cannot get to autoguide successfully. I believe it is identical to the StarShoot autoguider which I see has some new drivers available to download. However these do not give the required SS Autoguider option as a camera which I suppose needs a file on the installation disc. I wonder if somebody could be so kind as to provide me with it.



----------------------------

#42874 Sep 22, 2010

I have a QHY5 which I just cannot get to autoguide successfully.



Install it with the QHY5 ASCOM drivers and use it as an ASCOM camera.

Its a great little guider. Just remember to use Auto dark to get a

dark frame first.



--

Mick



----------------------------

#43040 Oct 4, 2010

Hello guys.



I installed newest QHY5 Driver and ASCOM driver from AstroSoft.be

When I try to autoguide calibration, it was failed.



So I made a circuit to show how it works.

I found something strange with MaxIm DL V5 on autoguide calibration.

You can see it on my YouTube movie.



www.youtube.com/watch?v=YovVeRR5YeA



Calibration time for each axis is 10 seconds.



The first calibration was done with V4.

Turn on time of each LED is shorter than 10 seconds.

But I think it won't make any problem on autoguiding.

OK. it works well.



The second calibration was done with V5.

You can see it is strange.



When I try to autoguide with PHDGuiding, it have no problem.



Please check it.



Thank you.







----------------------------

#44332 Feb 3 10:19 PM

Am I missing something obvious?



I've installed the driver for the QHY5.



I've installed the Maxim Plugin for the QHY5.



I open the Camera Control window. No QHY5 to be selected. No CMOS Camera Plugin to be selected. Nada.



I can access and use the camera with the QG Video software.



Aggravated, I downloaded PHD to see if it works with other autoguiding software. It does.



----------------------------

#44333 Feb 4 1:52 AM

Am I missing something obvious?



> I've installed the driver for the QHY5.



> I've installed the Maxim Plugin for the QHY5.



> I open the Camera Control window. No QHY5 to be selected. No CMOS

> Camera Plugin to be selected. Nada.



> I can access and use the camera with the QG Video software.



> Aggravated, I downloaded PHD to see if it works with other autoguiding software. It does.



Have you tried it under ASCOM as it works very well using that. You will need to download the QHY5 ASCOM driver from qhyccd.com and select an ASCOM camera selecting the QHY5 in the selection window that pops up.



You will need the ASCOM platform installed though



--

Mick



----------------------------

#44335 Feb 4 3:33 PM

On 2/4/2011 1:19 AM, mikewilesaz wrote: > Am I missing something obvious?

>

> I've installed the driver for the QHY5.

>

> I've installed the Maxim Plugin for the QHY5.



Per Product Levels:



www.cyanogen.com/help/maximdl/Product_Levels.htm



Third-party plug-in cameras are not supported by MaxIm DSLR. You need MaxIm DL

Pro for that.



I'm not sure what the specs are on the QHY5. If it's an autoguider camera, not

a scientific-grade camera, then it might qualify to be supported under MaxIm

DSLR. You'd have to get the manufacturer to contact us. Otherwise you'll need

to upgrade to MaxIm DL Pro.



Doug



--



Doug George

dgeorge@...



Diffraction Limited

Makers of Cyanogen Imaging Products

www.cyanogen.com/



100 Craig Henry Dr., Suite 202

Ottawa, Ontario,

Canada, K2G 5W3



Phone: (613) 225-2732

Fax: (613) 225-9688



----------------------------

#47007 Sep 29, 2011

Hello Doug,



I've just purchased a KWIQ Guider for use with Maxim DLSR. I am unable to see an ASCOM Camera under my guiding options so I can't get this to work. Can you provide an update on this issue since it seems to still be relevant.



Thanks!



Denis Grey.

--- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, "Douglas B. George" dg@...> wrote:

>

> On 2/4/2011 1:19 AM, mikewilesaz wrote:

> > Am I missing something obvious?

> >

> > I've installed the driver for the QHY5.

> >

> > I've installed the Maxim Plugin for the QHY5.

>

> Per Product Levels:

>

> www.cyanogen.com/help/maximdl/Product_Levels.htm

>

> Third-party plug-in cameras are not supported by MaxIm DSLR. You need MaxIm DL

> Pro for that.

>

> I'm not sure what the specs are on the QHY5. If it's an autoguider camera, not

> a scientific-grade camera, then it might qualify to be supported under MaxIm

> DSLR. You'd have to get the manufacturer to contact us. Otherwise you'll need

> to upgrade to MaxIm DL Pro.

>

> Doug

>

> --

>

> Doug George

> dgeorge@...

>

> Diffraction Limited

> Makers of Cyanogen Imaging Products

> www.cyanogen.com/

>

> 100 Craig Henry Dr., Suite 202

> Ottawa, Ontario,

> Canada, K2G 5W3

>

> Phone: (613) 225-2732

> Fax: (613) 225-9688

>



----------------------------

#47008 Sep 29, 2011

The QHY5 camera works with Maxim. I.ve been using it for over a year now. So it.s something about the driver installation on your computer or the ASCOM installation. Did you install both the QHY5 driver and then the QHY5 Ascom driver. You need to load both. One is the hardware driver and one is the ASCOM interlink to the hardware.



Todd



From: Denis

Sent: Thursday, September 29, 2011 9:20 PM

To: MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com

Subject: [MaxImDL] Re: QHY5 Autoguider and Maxim DL





Hello Doug,



I've just purchased a KWIQ Guider for use with Maxim DLSR. I am unable to see an ASCOM Camera under my guiding options so I can't get this to work. Can you provide an update on this issue since it seems to still be relevant.



Thanks!



Denis Grey.

--- In mailto:MaxImDL%40yahoogroups.com, "Douglas B. George" dg@...> wrote:

>

> On 2/4/2011 1:19 AM, mikewilesaz wrote:

> > Am I missing something obvious?

> >

> > I've installed the driver for the QHY5.

> >

> > I've installed the Maxim Plugin for the QHY5.

>

> Per Product Levels:

>

> www.cyanogen.com/help/maximdl/Product_Levels.htm

>

> Third-party plug-in cameras are not supported by MaxIm DSLR. You need MaxIm DL

> Pro for that.

>

> I'm not sure what the specs are on the QHY5. If it's an autoguider camera, not

> a scientific-grade camera, then it might qualify to be supported under MaxIm

> DSLR. You'd have to get the manufacturer to contact us. Otherwise you'll need

> to upgrade to MaxIm DL Pro.

>

> Doug

>

> --

>

> Doug George

> dgeorge@...

>

> Diffraction Limited

> Makers of Cyanogen Imaging Products

> www.cyanogen.com/

>

> 100 Craig Henry Dr., Suite 202

> Ottawa, Ontario,

> Canada, K2G 5W3

>

> Phone: (613) 225-2732

> Fax: (613) 225-9688

>











[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]







----------------------------

#47168 Oct 11, 2011

Anyone else using a QHY5 in MaxIm and getting a little floating

window with an "enhance" button and something else (can't recall at

moment) on it when connected to that camera? Can't seem to close it

unless disconnect the camera, so it's there all during

imaging/guiding. Looked everywhere for an option to disable it or

something. Any ideas?



--

Troy Piggins



----------------------------

#47172 Oct 12, 2011

Hi Troy,

If you upgrade to ascom drivers for the camera that window will go away. It's coming from the old original drivers for the camera.

Robin.

--- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, Troy Piggins troy_yg@...> wrote:

>

> Anyone else using a QHY5 in MaxIm and getting a little floating

> window with an "enhance" button and something else (can't recall at

> moment) on it when connected to that camera? Can't seem to close it

> unless disconnect the camera, so it's there all during

> imaging/guiding. Looked everywhere for an option to disable it or

> something. Any ideas?

>

> --

> Troy Piggins

>



----------------------------

#47174 Oct 12, 2011

G'day Robin! Thanks mate. Kind of worried, though. Seem to recall

problems with one of the ascom drivers. Got a link?



* tandum57 wrote : > Hi Troy,

> If you upgrade to ascom drivers for the camera that window will go

> away. It's coming from the old original drivers for the camera.

> Robin.



----------------------------

#47175 Oct 12, 2011

www.qhyccd.com/download.html



Uninstall what you have first then get the new ones. You'll want the windows driver first, then ascom itself and then the AstroSoftBe Ascom driver. It works fine with Ascom 6. The drivers you have must be over 2 years old :)

robin.

--- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, Troy Piggins troy_yg@...> wrote:

>

> G'day Robin! Thanks mate. Kind of worried, though. Seem to recall

> problems with one of the ascom drivers. Got a link?

>

> * tandum57 wrote :

> > Hi Troy,

> > If you upgrade to ascom drivers for the camera that window will go

> > away. It's coming from the old original drivers for the camera.

> > Robin.

>



----------------------------

#47176 Oct 12, 2011

I get the same type of window with my Orion SSAG. I think this is the same

or similar camera. Normally I just push the window as far off screen as I

can, but now I'm starting to run my setup at the observatory remotely from

time to time, and trying to move that little window remotely over a slow

internet connection to the right position can be a real pain at times. I

wish there were a way to at least minimize it.



Josh

On Wed, Oct 12, 2011 at 6:43 AM, tandum57 robin@...>wrote:



> **

>

>

> www.qhyccd.com/download.html

>

> Uninstall what you have first then get the new ones. You'll want the

> windows driver first, then ascom itself and then the AstroSoftBe Ascom

> driver. It works fine with Ascom 6. The drivers you have must be over 2

> years old :)

> robin.

>

> --- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, Troy Piggins troy_yg@...> wrote:

> >

> > G'day Robin! Thanks mate. Kind of worried, though. Seem to recall

> > problems with one of the ascom drivers. Got a link?

> >

> > * tandum57 wrote :

> > > Hi Troy,

> > > If you upgrade to ascom drivers for the camera that window will go

> > > away. It's coming from the old original drivers for the camera.

> > > Robin.

> >

>

>

>





[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]



----------------------------

#47182 Oct 12, 2011

Hi Josh



I agree...I would love to get rid of that window.

on a related note. My observatory is 500meters away. I use a $20 YAGI antenna at one end and a small tv dish at the other end to focus the signal. I get 50mbs connection speed. I can transfer a nights worth of data (>1gb) in about 2 minutes. Also I use to use VNC but found windows remote desktop more efficient.



Randy



--- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, Josh Hufford joshhufford@...> wrote:

>

> I get the same type of window with my Orion SSAG. I think this is the same

> or similar camera. Normally I just push the window as far off screen as I

> can, but now I'm starting to run my setup at the observatory remotely from

> time to time, and trying to move that little window remotely over a slow

> internet connection to the right position can be a real pain at times. I

> wish there were a way to at least minimize it.

>

> Josh

>

> On Wed, Oct 12, 2011 at 6:43 AM, tandum57 robin@...>wrote:

>

> > **

> >

> >

> > www.qhyccd.com/download.html

> >

> > Uninstall what you have first then get the new ones. You'll want the

> > windows driver first, then ascom itself and then the AstroSoftBe Ascom

> > driver. It works fine with Ascom 6. The drivers you have must be over 2

> > years old :)

> > robin.

> >

> > --- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, Troy Piggins troy_yg@> wrote:

> > >

> > > G'day Robin! Thanks mate. Kind of worried, though. Seem to recall

> > > problems with one of the ascom drivers. Got a link?

> > >

> > > * tandum57 wrote :

> > > > Hi Troy,

> > > > If you upgrade to ascom drivers for the camera that window will go

> > > > away. It's coming from the old original drivers for the camera.

> > > > Robin.

> > >

> >

> >

> >

>

>

> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

>







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#47202 Oct 12, 2011

I'm an hours drive away from where my scope is, so I have to operate over

the Internet. The only Internet that is available at the observatory is a

wireless service from the nearest city, and we're on the edge of their

range. It works but isn't very fast. Still I'm glad to have it, might try

satellite service at some point because it really gets slow during peak

demand times. I don't think the ISP has enough bandwidth. But for now it

does get the job done.



Josh

On Wed, Oct 12, 2011 at 9:19 AM, Randy astrorand@...> wrote:



> **

>

>

> Hi Josh

>

> I agree...I would love to get rid of that window.

> on a related note. My observatory is 500meters away. I use a $20 YAGI

> antenna at one end and a small tv dish at the other end to focus the signal.

> I get 50mbs connection speed. I can transfer a nights worth of data (>1gb)

> in about 2 minutes. Also I use to use VNC but found windows remote desktop

> more efficient.

>

> Randy

>

>

> --- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, Josh Hufford joshhufford@...> wrote:

> >

> > I get the same type of window with my Orion SSAG. I think this is the

> same

> > or similar camera. Normally I just push the window as far off screen as I

> > can, but now I'm starting to run my setup at the observatory remotely

> from

> > time to time, and trying to move that little window remotely over a slow

> > internet connection to the right position can be a real pain at times. I

> > wish there were a way to at least minimize it.

> >

> > Josh

> >

> > On Wed, Oct 12, 2011 at 6:43 AM, tandum57 robin@...>wrote:

> >

> > > **

>

> > >

> > >

> > > www.qhyccd.com/download.html

> > >

> > > Uninstall what you have first then get the new ones. You'll want the

> > > windows driver first, then ascom itself and then the AstroSoftBe Ascom

> > > driver. It works fine with Ascom 6. The drivers you have must be over 2

> > > years old :)

> > > robin.

> > >

> > > --- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, Troy Piggins troy_yg@> wrote:

> > > >

> > > > G'day Robin! Thanks mate. Kind of worried, though. Seem to recall

> > > > problems with one of the ascom drivers. Got a link?

> > > >

> > > > * tandum57 wrote :

> > > > > Hi Troy,

> > > > > If you upgrade to ascom drivers for the camera that window will go

> > > > > away. It's coming from the old original drivers for the camera.

> > > > > Robin.

> > > >

> > >

> > >

> > >

> >

> >

> > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

> >

>

>

>





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#47213 Oct 12, 2011

Thanks mate. Downloaded, installed, will see how they go tonight.



* tandum57 wrote : > www.qhyccd.com/download.html

>

> Uninstall what you have first then get the new ones. You'll want

> the windows driver first, then ascom itself and then the

> AstroSoftBe Ascom driver. It works fine with Ascom 6. The drivers

> you have must be over 2 years old :)

> robin.



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#47233 Oct 13, 2011

I feared this might happen. Removed previous drivers, installed the

new ones, the installation went without a hitch. Plugged the camera

in and Windows can't find it now.



I seem to remember Theo (Gamma Electronics) always recommends using

his downloads instead of the ones from QHY CCD site because he knows

what does and doesn't work. Think I should contact him.



I'm still using Ascom 5, not game to upgrade yet to 6 because

nervous about stuff not working. rolls eyes />



In detail, what I did was:



- first uninstall the old drivers

- then installed the file downloaded from the "QHY5 64/32 winUSB Driver"

link in the below page, which is confusingly in a folder called

"www.qhyccd.com/ASTROSOFTBE/NEW/QHY5Drv.exe"

- then installed the "Update2011-7" file next to it

"www.qhyccd.com/files/QHY5UPDATE.exe"

- didn't install ASCOM as I already have it

- then installed the "AstoSoftBe QHY5 ASCOM Driver V4.0" file

"www.qhyccd.com/files/QHY5ASCOM-V40.exe"



* tandum57 wrote : > www.qhyccd.com/download.html

>

> Uninstall what you have first then get the new ones. You'll want

> the windows driver first, then ascom itself and then the

> AstroSoftBe Ascom driver. It works fine with Ascom 6. The drivers

> you have must be over 2 years old :)

> robin.



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#47237 Oct 13, 2011

!. First of all I don.t think you need to fear Ascom 6. There are a lot of us using it for over 4 months now. In most cases that I know it has actually fixed issues that existed where we had to do work a rounds with 5.5.



2. The QHY drivers work just fine. I.ve been using them on WinXP and Win7 64 bit machines without an issue.



3. What OS are you using? When you plug in the qhy5 open up control panel . device manager and then scan the list until you find the yellow triangle for identifying the QHY driver did not load. If it is found then you need right click it and select uninstall so that it deregisters the file that the registry pointed to. Next use the scan hardware for it to find your new qhy driver. That should fix your problem.



4. If your problem still persists then Ascom hasn.t registered it properly. You will need to run the ascom profiler explorer to validate that there is in fact a QHY5 camera driver registered within ascom. Hopefully you don.t have to go there. I had problems with my start shoot pro not properly registering the driver in ascom 5 and it required manual manipulation in the profile explorer.



Todd

From: Troy Piggins

Sent: Thursday, October 13, 2011 4:56 PM

To: MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com

Subject: [MaxImDL] Re: QHY5 annoying little window when connected





I feared this might happen. Removed previous drivers, installed the

new ones, the installation went without a hitch. Plugged the camera

in and Windows can't find it now.









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#47238 Oct 13, 2011

Thanks, Todd. Direct responses inline with your post below, but

I've at least partly solved it now as per the following.



I just had a play with some diffent things at lunchtime and not sure

which one "did it", but it's working now at least partially (ASCOM

only, not as stand-alone Q Guider).



I was using ASCOM 5.5. Upgraded to ASCOM 6, did a reboot in there

somewhere, reinstalled the ASCOM QHY5 driver, plugged the camera in

again, it now shows up as an option in the ASCOM cameras.



Actually there's 2 options for it in ASCOM camera selections, "CMOS

QHY5 Camera" and "QHY_CMOS Camera Driver". The first one works, the

second doesn't - it comes up with error "Incompatible Driver

(CMOSascom.Camera) Cannot find the driver executable:

D:\Ascom\CMOSascom.dll". I don't even have a D drive!



As I said, the standalone driver no longer works, though.



Just tried looking up the version of driver for you, and this is

weird. Before I "fixed" it and upgraded ASCOM to 6, I could use

that version utility available at the QHYCCD website and it told me

a version number (can't remember what it was off top of my head).

But that was when it wasn't working.



Now it is working as ASCOM camera, but that same version utility

above can't detect the driver at all now.



Whatever the case, the versions I'm using at the latest ones

available at the QHYCCD downloads page as of right now.



* Todd benko wrote : > !. First of all I don???t think you need to fear Ascom 6. There

> are a lot of us using it for over 4 months now. In most cases

> that I know it has actually fixed issues that existed where we had

> to do work a rounds with 5.5.



As per above, I've now installed ASCOM 6. I held off because at

first I was reading reports of issues, and usually when I try to fix

something that aint broke, I break it. Actually, that's how I got

in this mess.

> 2. The QHY drivers work just fine. I???ve been using them on

> WinXP and Win7 64 bit machines without an issue.



I understand people are getting it to work fine. It's not for me

at the moment.

> 3. What OS are you using? When you plug in the qhy5 open up

> control panel ??? device manager and then scan the list until you

> find the yellow triangle for identifying the QHY driver did not

> load. If it is found then you need right click it and select

> uninstall so that it deregisters the file that the registry

> pointed to. Next use the scan hardware for it to find your new

> qhy driver. That should fix your problem.



I'm using WinXP. It definitely sees the camera USB connection, and

it does find the QHY5 drivers and install them, even little bubble

popped up and said device now ready to use. Ha.

> 4. If your problem still persists then Ascom hasn???t registered

> it properly. You will need to run the ascom profiler explorer to

> validate that there is in fact a QHY5 camera driver registered

> within ascom. Hopefully you don???t have to go there. I had

> problems with my start shoot pro not properly registering the

> driver in ascom 5 and it required manual manipulation in the

> profile explorer.



As per above, I now have it working as an ASCOM camera, but it wont'

work as a standalone camera any more.



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#47239 Oct 13, 2011

Tony



I only get one driver listed in the ascom list.



It sounds like when you went into add and remove programs it never fully uninstalled your old version. Did you by any chance have the camera connected to the computer when you ran the uninstall for both the qhy5 driver and the qhy5 ascom driver. If you had it connected then the uninstall probably could not access the driver to remove it from the system.



Todd



From: Troy Piggins

Sent: Thursday, October 13, 2011 9:29 PM

To: MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com

Subject: [MaxImDL] Re: Re: QHY5 annoying little window when connected





Thanks, Todd. Direct responses inline with your post below, but

I've at least partly solved it now as per the following.



I just had a play with some diffent things at lunchtime and not sure

which one "did it", but it's working now at least partially (ASCOM

only, not as stand-alone Q Guider).



I was using ASCOM 5.5. Upgraded to ASCOM 6, did a reboot in there

somewhere, reinstalled the ASCOM QHY5 driver, plugged the camera in

again, it now shows up as an option in the ASCOM cameras.



Actually there's 2 options for it in ASCOM camera selections, "CMOS

QHY5 Camera" and "QHY_CMOS Camera Driver". The first one works, the

second doesn't - it comes up with error "Incompatible Driver

(CMOSascom.Camera) Cannot find the driver executable:

D:\Ascom\CMOSascom.dll". I don't even have a D drive!



As I said, the standalone driver no longer works, though.



Just tried looking up the version of driver for you, and this is

weird. Before I "fixed" it and upgraded ASCOM to 6, I could use

that version utility available at the QHYCCD website and it told me

a version number (can't remember what it was off top of my head).

But that was when it wasn't working.



Now it is working as ASCOM camera, but that same version utility

above can't detect the driver at all now.



Whatever the case, the versions I'm using at the latest ones

available at the QHYCCD downloads page as of right now.



* Todd benko wrote : > !. First of all I don???t think you need to fear Ascom 6. There

> are a lot of us using it for over 4 months now. In most cases

> that I know it has actually fixed issues that existed where we had

> to do work a rounds with 5.5.



As per above, I've now installed ASCOM 6. I held off because at

first I was reading reports of issues, and usually when I try to fix

something that aint broke, I break it. Actually, that's how I got

in this mess.

> 2. The QHY drivers work just fine. I???ve been using them on

> WinXP and Win7 64 bit machines without an issue.



I understand people are getting it to work fine. It's not for me

at the moment.

> 3. What OS are you using? When you plug in the qhy5 open up

> control panel ??? device manager and then scan the list until you

> find the yellow triangle for identifying the QHY driver did not

> load. If it is found then you need right click it and select

> uninstall so that it deregisters the file that the registry

> pointed to. Next use the scan hardware for it to find your new

> qhy driver. That should fix your problem.



I'm using WinXP. It definitely sees the camera USB connection, and

it does find the QHY5 drivers and install them, even little bubble

popped up and said device now ready to use. Ha.

> 4. If your problem still persists then Ascom hasn???t registered

> it properly. You will need to run the ascom profiler explorer to

> validate that there is in fact a QHY5 camera driver registered

> within ascom. Hopefully you don???t have to go there. I had

> problems with my start shoot pro not properly registering the

> driver in ascom 5 and it required manual manipulation in the

> profile explorer.



As per above, I now have it working as an ASCOM camera, but it wont'

work as a standalone camera any more.









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#47240 Oct 13, 2011

Mate, to be honest, I've tried that many different things today,

plugged in, pulled out etc. Can't recall what I did. Good

suggestion. Quite likely it was plugged in, so will try again with

everything out. Thanks again.



* Todd benko wrote : > Tony

>

> I only get one driver listed in the ascom list.

>

> It sounds like when you went into add and remove programs it never

> fully uninstalled your old version. Did you by any chance have

> the camera connected to the computer when you ran the uninstall

> for both the qhy5 driver and the qhy5 ascom driver. If you had it

> connected then the uninstall probably could not access the driver

> to remove it from the system.



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#47276 Oct 14, 2011

Sorted it. Thanks to Robin (tandum). He pointed me towards the ASCOM

6 profile manager, and there was a redundant QHY5 CMOS guider profile in

there. Deleted that manually, and all good now. Thanks guys.



* Todd benko wrote : > Tony

>

> I only get one driver listed in the ascom list.

>

> It sounds like when you went into add and remove programs it never fully

> uninstalled your old version. Did you by any chance have the camera

> connected to the computer when you ran the uninstall for both the qhy5 driver

> and the qhy5 ascom driver. If you had it connected then the uninstall

> probably could not access the driver to remove it from the system.



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#51301 Oct 26, 2012

Hello,

I'm new in this group and have just bought Maxim DL.

I have a problem using my QHY5 cam with Maxim DL. The QHY5 cam works fine under Phd, ASCOM/CMOS QHY5, but when trying to use the cam with Maxim I run into problems...



I have installed the Maxim DL plug in for Qhy5, and when connecting the camera (ASCOM/CMOS QHY5) to Maxim DL everything looks right. The camera responds like it should...

But, my problem is as follows:

When I'm capturing images the camera seems to work properly, the thing is that the images are not exposed properly. All images end up with a pixel value of 255 for all pixels in the image. No matter what exposure time I use. Rather dull images, I'd say...



I have not forgotten the lens cap, its daylight so the images should be saturated. It's not a screen stretch problem. The camera just doesn't get the picture...



Has anyone got a clue?



Best regards,

Tomas Wikander

Borlange

Sweden



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#51303 Oct 26, 2012

Hi Josh,



the pixels are not saturated. They are, all over, having the value 255. A very dark value, indeed. It seems that the camera is doing the exposure ok, but there is no trace of any photons...



/TomasW

--- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, Josh Hufford joshhufford@...> wrote:

>

> If you are exposing in the daytime it doesn't surprise me that all the

> pixels are saturated. Try waiting until night time or put the lens cap over

> the camera and take an exposure and see what happens. I have a SSAG which I

> think is pretty much the same camera, I remember not being able to exposure

> during the day without saturating all the pixels.

>

> Josh

>

> On Fri, Oct 26, 2012 at 9:08 AM, twikander twikander@...> wrote:

>

> > **

> >

> >

> > Hello,

> > I'm new in this group and have just bought Maxim DL.

> > I have a problem using my QHY5 cam with Maxim DL. The QHY5 cam works fine

> > under Phd, ASCOM/CMOS QHY5, but when trying to use the cam with Maxim I run

> > into problems...

> >

> > I have installed the Maxim DL plug in for Qhy5, and when connecting the

> > camera (ASCOM/CMOS QHY5) to Maxim DL everything looks right. The camera

> > responds like it should...

> > But, my problem is as follows:

> > When I'm capturing images the camera seems to work properly, the thing is

> > that the images are not exposed properly. All images end up with a pixel

> > value of 255 for all pixels in the image. No matter what exposure time I

> > use. Rather dull images, I'd say...

> >

> > I have not forgotten the lens cap, its daylight so the images should be

> > saturated. It's not a screen stretch problem. The camera just doesn't get

> > the picture...

> >

> > Has anyone got a clue?

> >

> > Best regards,

> > Tomas Wikander

> > Borlange

> > Sweden

> >

> >

> >

>

>

> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

>



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#51304 Oct 26, 2012

If your camera is 8bit, like my SSAG is, then I believe the pixels are

saturated.



Josh

On Fri, Oct 26, 2012 at 11:43 AM, twikander twikander@...> wrote:



> **

>

>

> Hi Josh,

>

> the pixels are not saturated. They are, all over, having the value 255. A

> very dark value, indeed. It seems that the camera is doing the exposure ok,

> but there is no trace of any photons...

>

> /TomasW

>

> --- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, Josh Hufford joshhufford@...> wrote:

> >

> > If you are exposing in the daytime it doesn't surprise me that all the

> > pixels are saturated. Try waiting until night time or put the lens cap

> over

> > the camera and take an exposure and see what happens. I have a SSAG

> which I

> > think is pretty much the same camera, I remember not being able to

> exposure

> > during the day without saturating all the pixels.

> >

> > Josh

> >

> > On Fri, Oct 26, 2012 at 9:08 AM, twikander twikander@...> wrote:

> >

> > > **

> > >

> > >

> > > Hello,

> > > I'm new in this group and have just bought Maxim DL.

> > > I have a problem using my QHY5 cam with Maxim DL. The QHY5 cam works

> fine

> > > under Phd, ASCOM/CMOS QHY5, but when trying to use the cam with Maxim

> I run

> > > into problems...

> > >

> > > I have installed the Maxim DL plug in for Qhy5, and when connecting the

> > > camera (ASCOM/CMOS QHY5) to Maxim DL everything looks right. The camera

> > > responds like it should...

> > > But, my problem is as follows:

> > > When I'm capturing images the camera seems to work properly, the thing

> is

> > > that the images are not exposed properly. All images end up with a

> pixel

> > > value of 255 for all pixels in the image. No matter what exposure time

> I

> > > use. Rather dull images, I'd say...

> > >

> > > I have not forgotten the lens cap, its daylight so the images should be

> > > saturated. It's not a screen stretch problem. The camera just doesn't

> get

> > > the picture...

> > >

> > > Has anyone got a clue?

> > >

> > > Best regards,

> > > Tomas Wikander

> > > Borlange

> > > Sweden

> > >

> > >

> > >

> >

> >

> > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

> >

>

>

>





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#51305 Oct 26, 2012

Oops. The pixelvalue was indeed saturated, as said. I forgot it's 8 bits... Anyhow I still got 255 on all exp-times and lights, until I tried a new cable. That made it, now I got the images right!



Thanks,

Tomas W

--- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, "twikander" twikander@...> wrote:

>

> Hi Josh,

>

> the pixels are not saturated. They are, all over, having the value 255. A very dark value, indeed. It seems that the camera is doing the exposure ok, but there is no trace of any photons...

>

> /TomasW

>

> --- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, Josh Hufford joshhufford@> wrote:

> >

> > If you are exposing in the daytime it doesn't surprise me that all the

> > pixels are saturated. Try waiting until night time or put the lens cap over

> > the camera and take an exposure and see what happens. I have a SSAG which I

> > think is pretty much the same camera, I remember not being able to exposure

> > during the day without saturating all the pixels.

> >

> > Josh

> >

> > On Fri, Oct 26, 2012 at 9:08 AM, twikander twikander@> wrote:

> >

> > > **

> > >

> > >

> > > Hello,

> > > I'm new in this group and have just bought Maxim DL.

> > > I have a problem using my QHY5 cam with Maxim DL. The QHY5 cam works fine

> > > under Phd, ASCOM/CMOS QHY5, but when trying to use the cam with Maxim I run

> > > into problems...

> > >

> > > I have installed the Maxim DL plug in for Qhy5, and when connecting the

> > > camera (ASCOM/CMOS QHY5) to Maxim DL everything looks right. The camera

> > > responds like it should...

> > > But, my problem is as follows:

> > > When I'm capturing images the camera seems to work properly, the thing is

> > > that the images are not exposed properly. All images end up with a pixel

> > > value of 255 for all pixels in the image. No matter what exposure time I

> > > use. Rather dull images, I'd say...

> > >

> > > I have not forgotten the lens cap, its daylight so the images should be

> > > saturated. It's not a screen stretch problem. The camera just doesn't get

> > > the picture...

> > >

> > > Has anyone got a clue?

> > >

> > > Best regards,

> > > Tomas Wikander

> > > Borlange

> > > Sweden

> > >

> > >

> > >

> >

> >

> > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

> >

>



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#51306 Oct 26, 2012

Glad you got it working.



Josh

On Fri, Oct 26, 2012 at 11:55 AM, twikander twikander@...> wrote:



> **

>

>

> Oops. The pixelvalue was indeed saturated, as said. I forgot it's 8

> bits... Anyhow I still got 255 on all exp-times and lights, until I tried a

> new cable. That made it, now I got the images right!

>

> Thanks,

> Tomas W

>

> --- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, "twikander" twikander@...> wrote:

> >

> > Hi Josh,

> >

> > the pixels are not saturated. They are, all over, having the value 255.

> A very dark value, indeed. It seems that the camera is doing the exposure

> ok, but there is no trace of any photons...

> >

> > /TomasW

> >

> > --- In MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com, Josh Hufford joshhufford@> wrote:

> > >

> > > If you are exposing in the daytime it doesn't surprise me that all the

> > > pixels are saturated. Try waiting until night time or put the lens cap

> over

> > > the camera and take an exposure and see what happens. I have a SSAG

> which I

> > > think is pretty much the same camera, I remember not being able to

> exposure

> > > during the day without saturating all the pixels.

> > >

> > > Josh

> > >

> > > On Fri, Oct 26, 2012 at 9:08 AM, twikander twikander@> wrote:

> > >

> > > > **

> > > >

> > > >

> > > > Hello,

> > > > I'm new in this group and have just bought Maxim DL.

> > > > I have a problem using my QHY5 cam with Maxim DL. The QHY5 cam works

> fine

> > > > under Phd, ASCOM/CMOS QHY5, but when trying to use the cam with

> Maxim I run

> > > > into problems...

> > > >

> > > > I have installed the Maxim DL plug in for Qhy5, and when connecting

> the

> > > > camera (ASCOM/CMOS QHY5) to Maxim DL everything looks right. The

> camera

> > > > responds like it should...

> > > > But, my problem is as follows:

> > > > When I'm capturing images the camera seems to work properly, the

> thing is

> > > > that the images are not exposed properly. All images end up with a

> pixel

> > > > value of 255 for all pixels in the image. No matter what exposure

> time I

> > > > use. Rather dull images, I'd say...

> > > >

> > > > I have not forgotten the lens cap, its daylight so the images should

> be

> > > > saturated. It's not a screen stretch problem. The camera just

> doesn't get

> > > > the picture...

> > > >

> > > > Has anyone got a clue?

> > > >

> > > > Best regards,

> > > > Tomas Wikander

> > > > Borlange

> > > > Sweden

> > > >

> > > >

> > > >

> > >

> > >

> > > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

> > >

> >

>

>

>





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#53648 Jun 15, 2013

QHY5LII Driver---Camera doesn't install into ASCOM Chooser on some Windows 7 and Windows Vista pc's of Maxim DL Pro users:



Note: this is **NOT** a problem with Maxim. It appears to be an ASCOM/camera driver problem. Cross-posting here since some who like me use Maxim DL Pro might encounter this error on their pc's with this camera driver.



Hi all,

***Documentation of problem installing latest QHY5LII ASCOM camera driver on some Windows 7 64-bit or Windows Vista 32/64-bit pc's***



This information is provided to assist others who encounter this same problem on their pc's, and to assist the ASCOM developer who works with this camera and its driver files. I'm cross-posting the info here since it affected my use of Maxim DL Pro V.5.23 with this camera until I was able to fix it.



The QHY5LII camera drivers didn't install into the ASCOM/ASCOM Chooser properly on my Windows Vista 32-bit and Windows 7 64-bit pc's.



It **DOES** however install into the ASCOM Chooser properly on a Windows XP 32-bit pc that I tried it on and it does show up OK on the Chooser drop-down list of cameras on the Win XP pc, and will display the camera Properties tab OK on the Win XP machine. But the camera drivers didn't install correctly on my Win 7 64-bit or Win Vista 32-bit pc's.



SYMPTOMS AFTER THE CAMERA DRIVER INSTALLS:

ASCOM "Profile Explorer" tool does not show the camera driver installed or the Chooser Keys installed either, on those two pc's.

You can't choose the QHY camera from other apps such as Maxim DL Pro

because it is not on the Chooser drop-down list of cameras.



FILE VERSIONS:

The camera drivers and ASCOM camera driver files installed are all the latest ones offered at the QHY download link as of 6/15/2013:

Camera drivers....file name: QHY5_IIDrv64V13-01-06.exe

ASCOM driver...file name: QHY5LIIASCOMSetupV04.exe



My ASCOM on all three pc's is Version 6 SP1, build 6.0.10028.2207



STEPS TAKEN TO INSTALL INTO ASCOM MANUALLY AND FIX:

1) Manually added ASCOM Profile Explorer Keys inside the Profile Explorer window. I copied and pasted the Key header syntax over to the ASCOM Profile Explorer headers from the Profile Explorer Keys on the Windows XP machine where the files DID install correctly.



For those who can't do a copy over of the header syntax, two .jpg screen shots of the Profile Explorer headers can be found here so you can make the Key edits correctly:

In case the longer link below is truncated:

tinyurl.com/mwc8tbe



Full link:

www.compubuild.com/astro/download/QH5LII/ASCOM_Chooser_Files.zip



(Sorry, could not get the Files section here on the group to create a folder for this, so I had to put it at my astro website link shown above. Download the .zip file to access the two .jpg screen shot files of the Profile Explorer).



2) ASCOM now accepted the manual Key edits into the Profile Explorer OK (does now show up in the Chooser drop-down list OK), but when attempting to select the camera in the Chooser and look at its Properties, I got an "ASCOM Helper.Chooser" error and the properties would not display.



3) To fix #2 above, I ran the "ASCOM Diagnostics" tool from the "Tools" folder of the ASCOM installation (from the Windows Start Menu/Programs link to ASCOM). The diagnostics tool did find the Chooser Helper error and successfully corrected the registration of the drivers on both the two pc's.



The camera drivers and ASCOM drivers now seem to be working properly on the Win 7 and Win Vista machines.



As always, do this fix at your own risk and make sure you run pc and Windows registry backups first. I have no way of knowing if this fix will work on other pc's, but it did work on my two problem pc's.



Thanks,

Wade Van Arsdale

QHY5LII Camera/Maxim DL Pro V.5.24

Little Rock, AR., USA



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#55190 Nov 20, 2013

Hi, i am really new to Maxim dl and the guiding routine, but, i have nevertheless managed to guide following the tutorials.my issue is with the calibration subs that my QHY5 ��takes and the poor quality of them!..very noisy��

i can improve one easily with the screen stretch function but all subsequent frames are poor, how can i ensure that all the subs come in and look good?Ray



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#55193 Nov 20, 2013

Why bother if it works? Mine are horrible and it works it all works just fine.��



Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone



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#55196 Nov 20, 2013

Are you using calibration? I use an Orion SSAG, which I think is basically the same camera. Calibration improves how the image "looks" but often doesn't really matter, it will guide fine either way..

Josh



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#55197 Nov 21, 2013

Thank you for both replies, and yes it is a fair point to ask ���why bother if it���s working��� The answer for me is simple; I am quite new to Maxim and coming from PHD the guiding calibration subs looks so very different to the point of a fault and it���s hard to tell if the stars are good or bad due to the horrible screen appearance.I do not know what to expect yet.However I am pleased of course; that I see calibration work. and quite quickly! All I had to do was increase the cal time from 10 to 20. ��The only calibration I am using for the camera are darks which it asks for by default!So suppose I could ask the question slightly differently!Can I temporarily improve the subs so that they come in looking better until I get more used to the way it works? ��Ray �� �����Why bother if it works? Mine are horrible and it works it all works just fine��� �� ��From: MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com [mailto:MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Josh HuffordSent: 21 November 2013 03:50To: MaxImDL@yahoogroups.comSubject: Re: [MaxImDL] QHY5 guiding







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#55198 Nov 21, 2013

The auto screen stretch in Maxim can sometimes make an image "look" bad. When using your camera do you have a small window that allows you to adjust the camera gain? You do with the Orion SSAG, lowering the gain some will also help with this. I do 20 each of Darks and Bias, create master frames and keep them in my calibration folder so I have full calibration for my guide camera.

Josh



On Thu, Nov 21, 2013 at 3:29 AM, Ray Leeson rayleeson@...> wrote:

.Thank you for both replies, and yes it is a fair point to ask .why bother if it.s working.

The answer for me is simple; I am quite new to Maxim and coming from PHD the guiding calibration subs looks so very different to the point of a fault and it.s hard to tell if the stars are good or bad due to the horrible screen appearance.I do not know what to expect yet.However I am pleased of course; that I see calibration work. and quite quickly! All I had to do was increase the cal time from 10 to 20..The only calibration I am using for the camera are darks which it asks for by default!So suppose I could ask the question slightly differently!Can I temporarily improve the subs so that they come in looking better until I get more used to the way it works?.Ray ...Why bother if it works? Mine are horrible and it works it all works just fine...From: MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com [mailto:MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Josh Hufford

Sent: 21 November 2013 03:50To: MaxImDL@yahoogroups.comSubject: Re: [MaxImDL] QHY5 guiding



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#55200 Nov 21, 2013

Hi Josh, I think that it is the auto stretch function that does the damage to this cameras subs, I do not have the option (as far as I can see) in Maxim to alter the gain, PHD allows it with the set up dialogue box and in the interface. ��I���ll look at the calibration frame idea, however I guess with the QHY5 it���s not that easy and I should�� be grateful that it is calibrating albeit with a small backlash issue.Thanks again ��Ray �� ��From: MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com [mailto:MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Josh HuffordSent: 21 November 2013 14:08To: MaxImDL@yahoogroups.comSubject: Re: [MaxImDL] QHY5 guiding



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#55201 Nov 21, 2013

The auto stretch is not doing ���damage��� to your subs. It���s just not showing you the star(s) the way PHD does. This really has nothing to do with the quality of the guiding. I would note that calibration means a couple of things ��� calibrating the sub using darks ��� which I���m not talking about, and the calibration routine in maxim under the guide tab which I am talking about. ��If you want to do your own stretch just click on the screen stretch icon on the toolbar which looks like a small histogram. From there you can stretch to your heart���s content. This will do nothing to the quality of the guiding results (sadly), however.Rgrds-Ross ��From: MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com [mailto:MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Ray LeesonSent: Thursday, November 21, 2013 8:23 AMTo: MaxImDL@yahoogroups.comSubject: RE: [MaxImDL] QHY5 guiding



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#55202 Nov 21, 2013

On 2013-11-21 11:22 AM, Ray Leeson wrote: >

>

> Hi Josh, I think that it is the auto stretch function that does the damage to

> this cameras subs,



Auto Stretch has NO EFFECT WHATSOEVER on the images. It only adjust how they

are viewed on the screen. The guider images are analyzed before the image even

appears on the screen.



Doug



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#55203 Nov 21, 2013

Hi Ross Doug:An unfortunate turn of phrase from me, I meant ���damage��� as a relative term compared to PHD and how it presents the image to me on screen.I appreciate the way Maxim does the stretch and I know that I can improve the image by manipulating the stretch screen. I have used the low, medium etc options to try and improve the image but Maxim seems to ignore my inputs on each subsequent image it downloads. ��I���m not completely sure yet what I���m doing and I���m in danger of talking out of my hat, I need to spend more time with it and work on trying to understand what���s happening. ��Thanks Ray ��From: MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com [mailto:MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Ross SalingerSent: 21 November 2013 16:34To: MaxImDL@yahoogroups.comSubject: RE: [MaxImDL] QHY5 guiding



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#55204 Nov 21, 2013

On 2013-11-21 12:11 PM, Ray Leeson wrote:

> I have used the low, medium etc options to try and improve the image but Maxim

> seems to ignore my inputs on each subsequent image it downloads.



It only remembers the setting for the window. If you close the window and then

autoguiding has to open another one, then it will start with the default setting.



By the way, you can change the definition of "Medium Stretch" if you like.



See www.cyanogen.com/help/maximdl/HID_VIEW_HISTOGRAM.htm



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Diffraction Limited

Makers of Cyanogen Imaging Products

www.cyanogen.com/



59 Grenfell Crescent, Unit B

Ottawa, Ontario,

Canada, K2G 0G3



Phone: (613) 225-2732

Fax: (613) 225-9688



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#59247 Jun 13, 2015

I downloaded and installed two drivers for my new QHY5Lii directly from the QHY website. When I tried to connect the camera to MaximDL using camera type "ASCOM", I get an error. Do the files I installed have to be in a specific directory, or is there another file I need, or is there something else to do?



Armand







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#59248 Jun 13, 2015

Just got that same camera a day ago and have the identical problem. ��Camera itself does work. ��

Sent from my iPhone

On Jun 13, 2015, at 2:52 PM, ap1600gto@... [MaxImDL] MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com> wrote:



��I downloaded and installed two drivers for my new QHY5Lii directly from the QHY website. When I tried to connect the camera to MaximDL using camera type "ASCOM", I get an error. Do the files I installed have to be in a specific directory, or is there another file I need, or is there something else to do?



Armand



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#59249 Jun 13, 2015

When you load the driver for the QHY5, the camera doesn't show up on the camera list.�� Click ASCOM and a new window pops up, then click advanced which will show the chooser for the QHY driver.

Don



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#59250 Jun 13, 2015

I do that and when I attempt to connect to the camera from Maxim it fails. ��Running Maxim as admin doesn't help.



Sent from my iPhone

On Jun 13, 2015, at 3:57 PM, westergren@... [MaxImDL] MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com> wrote:



��When you load the driver for the QHY5, the camera doesn't show up on the camera list.�� Click ASCOM and a new window pops up, then click advanced which will show the chooser for the QHY driver.

Don



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#59251 Jun 14, 2015

Thanks, Don - it worked like a charm!



Now when I try to take exposures indoors (where there is sufficient light) the images come up practically black. Any other sensor I have will capture objects in the room...



Armand



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#59252 Jun 14, 2015

Check your values. You may be saturated.



Ron Wodaski

rwodaski@...





> On Jun 14, 2015, at 10:28 AM, ap1600gto@... [MaxImDL] MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

>

> Thanks, Don - it worked like a charm!

>

> Now when I try to take exposures indoors (where there is sufficient light) the images come up practically black. Any other sensor I have will capture objects in the room...

>

> Armand

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#59253 Jun 14, 2015

Even if the frame comes out black (staticy)? Wouldn't saturation make the image very white? I've tried exposure times from 0.01 to 5 sec and they all look the same.



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#59254 Jun 14, 2015

No, Black can be saturated, check with the info window.



Tom

On 6/14/2015 11:23 AM,ap1600gto@... [MaxImDL] wrote:

.Even if the frame comes out black (staticy)? Wouldn'tsaturation make the image very white? I've tried exposuretimes from 0.01 to 5 sec and they all look the same.



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#59255 Jun 14, 2015

I should add that I haven't attached a scope.

On some websites I've read the same issue I'm having but that all was okay after attaching a scope. Never had to do that before but I guess I'll try it.



Armand



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#59256 Jun 14, 2015

Okay, I'll check that too just in case - thanks, Tom.



Armand



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#59319 Jun 26, 2015

I am looking for information on using this camera as a guider in Maxim DL 5. Would like to hear about your experiences.Thanks,Floyd



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#59321 Jun 26, 2015

Thanks Don,I would think that the drivers would work with Ver 5 if they work with Ver 6. But I will hope for more input.The Atik Titan that I use now will guide on 15-18th magnitude under dark skies. But the large pixels give me a big image scale and I am considering this camera to lower that arc sec per pixel.Floyd



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#59326 Jun 27, 2015

I guide using the QHY5L-II with MaximDL 5.24 never had a problem. With the small pixels you can bin 2x2.

Steve



On Saturday, 27 June 2015, 7:56, "fblue@... [MaxImDL]" MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

��Thanks Don,I would think that the drivers would work with Ver 5 if they work with Ver 6. But I will hope for more input.The Atik Titan that I use now will guide on 15-18th magnitude under dark skies. But the large pixels give me a big image scale and I am considering this camera to lower that arc sec per pixel.Floyd



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#59327 Jun 27, 2015

Thanks Steve,My MiniBorg 60 will work OK with the small pixels @ 3.12 arc sec image scale. Have you found it to be a sensitive camera?Floyd



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