st7ctl - Controller for SBIG CCD cameras
Justin Pryzby <firstname.lastname@example.org>
st7ctl is a camera controller for SBIG astronomical CCD cameras. It
includes all the functionality of commercial software such as CCDSoft,
except that st7ctl does not provide image display capabilities; it is
strictly data-acquisition software, relying on DS9 for image display.
It features very good support for automated, robotic-observatory type
scripting. Of special interested are autoguiding, autofocussing,
driftscan imaging (TDI), a center object routine, a center-brightest
routine, a GPL license, availability on multiple platforms, and a
guider calibration routine that actually works (it uses the primary
imaging CCD rather than the guider CCD). An GUI is included, which
targets support for an arbitrary astronomical CCD.
Related project for controlling an ST-4 (Does not include
autoguiding capabilities at this time).
Brownout at the Reynolds Observatory is over. Clarkson maintenance
hired a contractor to replace the underground power cable, so I expect
to start regular observations ASAP.
Weather has been pretty bad here in upstate New York. It seems like
only 10% of recent nights have had observable conditions, and, of
course, its cold. Our warm room, well, its not very well insulated,
so I don't expect to release another version for at least another
month. Stay tuned, though; I'm rewriting the GUI with Glade, and it
Included with st7ctl are all the facilities necessary to take
high-quality observations. It will optionally integrate with IRAF and
the online USNO-B1.0 database for easy astrometry analysis. No kernel
modules are used . At present, st7ctl integrates with the Meade
LX200-series of telescopes, but it would be very easy to add support
for other brands and models as well.
 Except the SBIG kernel module, which is always necessary. If
anyone knows the details of SBIG camera communication, I'm all ears.
New, improved GUI created by Glade
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The image display software used by st7ctl.
The astronomical Source extractor used by st7ctl
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