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  • Operating Manual STX Advanced Series

    CCD Cameras

    SBIG Imaging Systems A Division of Diffraction Limited. 59 Grenfell Crescent, Unit B, Ottawa, ON Canada, k2G 0G3

    Tel: 613.225.2732 | Fax: 225.225.9688| E-mail: tpuckett@sbig.com | www.sbig.com

    © 2016 Diffraction Limited. All rights reserved. The SBIG logo are trademarks of Diffraction Limited, All other trademarks, service marks and tradenames appearing in this brochure are the property of their respective owners.

  • Note: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:

    • Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna. • Increase the separation between the receiver and the equipment. • Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is

    connected. • Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.

    Shielded I/O cables must be used when operating this equipment. You are also warned, that any changes to this certified device will void your legal right to operate it.

    OPERATION Manual for STX Series Cameras Revision 1.3 Dec 2016

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    tpuckett90@gmail.com Typewritten text CAUTION: Never “hot plug” the HDMI cable or I2C cable when camera power is connected. Always turn the power turned OFF before connecting or disconnecting the HDMI or I2C cables.

  • TABLE OF CONTENTS

    1.0. CAMERA HARDWARE ...................................................................................................................................... 4 1.1. Introduction and Overview .......................................................................................................... 4 1.2. Unpacking the Camera .................................................................................................................. 4

    Standard Items:....................................................................................................................... 6 Optional Items: ....................................................................................................................... 7

    1.3. Parts and Assembly ....................................................................................................................... 8 1.4. Connectors....................................................................................................................................... 9

    [A] Tracking CCD Focus Adjustment................................................................................. 9 [B] Remote Guide Head Port ............................................................................................... 9 [C] USB Port ........................................................................................................................... 9 [D] SCOPE Port.....................................................................................................................10 [E] I2C-AUX Port ..................................................................................................................10 [F] Ethernet............................................................................................................................10 [G] Power...............................................................................................................................10 [H] Water In / Out ...............................................................................................................10

    1.5. Attaching the camera to a telescope. ..........................................................................................11 1.6. Connecting the Relay Cable .........................................................................................................11 1.7. Attaching the Remote Head.........................................................................................................11 1.8. Connecting water hoses................................................................................................................12 1.9. Extending the USB cable ..............................................................................................................12 1.10. Opening the Front Cover - Regenerating the Desiccant Plug................................................13 1.11. Gas Purging..................................................................................................................................14 1.12. Indicator Lights ...........................................................................................................................14 1.13. Opening the Back Cover - Changing the Fuse.........................................................................15 1.14. Using a Relay Adapter Box with the STX ................................................................................15 1.15. Camera Resolution......................................................................................................................17 1.16. Camera Field of View .................................................................................................................18 1.17. Focal Length, Resolution and Field of View............................................................................19

    2.0. CAMERA SOFTWARE .......................................................................................................................................20 2.1 Installing Software .........................................................................................................................20

    Installing CCDOps ................................................................................................................20 Installing the SBIG Drivers...................................................................................................20 Linking the Drivers ...............................................................................................................21

    2.2. Using the Camera..........................................................................................................................22 Establishing a Link with CCDOps ......................................................................................22 Camera Setup.........................................................................................................................22 Taking Sample Dark Frames................................................................................................22 Further Investigations...........................................................................................................23

    2.3. Specific Activities ..........................................................................................................................23 Ethernet Configuration.........................................................................................................23 Web Browser ..........................................................................................................................23 Making the Autoguiding Connection.................................................................................23

    2.4. Third Party Software.....................................................................................................................24 CCDSoft ..................................................................................................................................24 MaximDl .................................................................................................................................24

    Support and Developer Resources......................................................................................................24

    Appendix A – Adjustments and Maintenance .......................................................................................................25 Firmware Updates.................................................................................................................................25 Internal Tracker Focus ..........................................................................................................................25 Desiccant Regeneration ........................................................................................................................25 Cleaning the CCD and the Window ...................................................................................................26

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  • Appendix B - Capturing a Good Flat Field .............................................................................................................27 B-1. Technique ......................................................................................................................................27

    Appendix C – Camera Specifications.......................................................................................................................28

    Appendix D – Connector and Cables.....................................