Open source astronomy software

Almost all higher end USB cameras use manufacturer specific proprietary non standard protocols for camera control. This means we would need to have the company provide us with low level technical information which most will not do like The Imaging Source and then write specific code for each manufacturer and in some cases each camera.

The Mac market place is simply too tiny to make it cost effective to support all these non standard proprietary USB cameras.

Imaging Source IS-3CU USB Color CCD Camera

These also work if you wish to use a FireWire camera with a FireWire Mac too, although you will not get the through put benefits of FireWire performance. If you want lots of camera choices, you need FireWire. You should avoid Macs that either lack FireWire ports or are non expandable and lack a PC34 expansion slot. This will effect sales of future Macs and they will be forced to add it back in, so Vote with your Wallet. Again, no. The stock GigaBit controller that Apple ships is not up to the task. Yes there is.

Imaging Source Gige Cameras

The page, 3. The Registration module may need to access a camera for registration purposes and it can not do so if you have it already open. I just recorded a color movie and when I try and play the movie in QuickTime Player or stack and align it, I get a warning about a codec being missing and it does not play. You may not have installed our Bayer Codec to play back or process the color movies your recorded.

No re-start is required after the codec is installed either. Is there an easy way of doing this?


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  3. The Imaging Source CCD Astronomy Camera FireWire Color DBK41AF02.AS;

Yes, that's the mother site, pretty much every camera is there. A lot of those are super-expensive, though. Zoom lenses for Firewire cameras are manual.

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You adjust them just the same way you would adjust a still camera zoom. In many ways, this is better because you can manually lock the zoom to make sure your settings aren't accidentaly changed. Focal length is adjusted in a similar fashion, through a ring on the lens. As for other settings, they are accessed via the driver -- the "settings" message to jit. Furthermore, if the camera is IIDC-compatible, you can control all its settings from within your Jitter patch. This means that you can save your fine-tuned settings as presets, or control them in real-time.

OK, that all looks great and thanks once again.

The Imaging Source Astronomy Cameras Software and Device Drivers

Fortunate to hear from someone so informed. May 21 am. Jean-Marc Pelletier wrote "Industrial" cameras also allow you more flexibility in regards to frame rate and image size. Has anyone tested this, does the jitter digitizer support frame rates up to fps if your computer is fast enough? May 21 pm. I find that working with complex patches from live video feed, my output is often reduced to something around 15 fps, even from a G5 processor; I am constantly playing around with smaller matrixes and collapsing 4 char to 1 char to spare my processor.

Camera Device Drivers

I can't imagine how putting fps or x pixels through a patch would not just slow things up more May 22 am. Lets just assume that I have other interests using a live input than having 25fps x for tracking purposes. I am interested to find out if it is technically possible to input lets say 50 fps or fps at x, or 5 fps at x, using current mac drivers and max. Jul 28 pm. Do you know if any of the firewire cameras have exceptional performance in low light conditions?

Do any of them have settings for adjusting to low light? Jul 29 am. This is an update, in case anyone's interested. I haven't tried getting fps at lower resolution, but since it is supported I don't see any reason for it not working. I also tried the camera on a G5 machine that had a Firewire port. Unfortunately, I can't seem to be able to output at frame rates greater than 60 Hz.

Software and Drivers

The technical term you might find useful is "quantum efficiency", which is a measurement of how many photons get transformed to data by a sensor. Hamamatsu Photonics manufactures cameras for use in low-light condition. However, as they're rather specialized devices, they don't come cheap. A much better solution for working in low-light condition is to use infra-red lighting. You can buy infrared illuminators through security stores, or even make them yourself from IR LEDs if you're so-inclined.


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  • Sep 12 am. For the moment, my experiences are just as they were two posts ago. Sep 13 am. On a G5, I couldn't get higher than 60fps. The driver is probaly at cause. Not really fast enough to pick up anything the eye couldn't see. Sep 14 pm. For full details, including plentiful screenshots and an evaluation download see below.

    As always, should you wish to speak to us about this or any other topic related to machine vision, please call us or email us. Established in , The Imaging Source is one of the leading manufacturers of industrial cameras, frame grabbers and video converters for production automation, quality assurance, logistics, medicine, science and security. The Imaging Source Asia Co.