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billyharris72

Can I control a Nikon D3300 from Astroart?

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Hi all:

Just a quick query regarding this, and to ask if anyone out there has had any success in getting a D3300 to work with Astroart. I've downloaded the Nikon plugin from the website, and the blurb suggests that it might work. I've tried setting the plugin up as a Nikon camera, selecting "other" from the drop down list but get the message:

Cannot find other md3 DLLs

I have also tried the D5300 setup on the off chance, but got:

Cannot open md3 DLL - Verify that Microsoft Visual Studio redistributables are installed

I have installed MS Visual Studio but that does not seem to have helped. I've checked my file system and the only md3 file I can find is called Type0011.md3, and is in the Astroart6 directory of my computer.

Anyone out there have any ideas?

For reference, the reason I want this is to set up a script to automate slewing and imaging of a set of variable stars. If there is any other software out there that will support an HEQ5 mount and Nikon D3300 I'd be interested to hear about that also.

Thanks,

Billy.

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I have no experience with Astroart I'm afraid but I do have a nikon D3300, it's a new model and maybe Astroart has yet to update and include the driver? not sure, but I have been able to do tethered shots just using webcam software built into my Mac... I'm sure there are image capturing programs for windows that'll do the same job.. maybe even built in programs on windows?

As for the mount, I understand a lot of people use EQMOD and buy/build an interface that means you can automate your HEQ5 using stellarium on your pc/laptop.

Whether there's just one program that does all the above, I don't know.

Best of luck with your project, Art.

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3 hours ago, billyharris72 said:

Hi all:

Just a quick query regarding this, and to ask if anyone out there has had any success in getting a D3300 to work with Astroart. I've downloaded the Nikon plugin from the website, and the blurb suggests that it might work. I've tried setting the plugin up as a Nikon camera, selecting "other" from the drop down list but get the message:


Cannot find other md3 DLLs

I have also tried the D5300 setup on the off chance, but got:


Cannot open md3 DLL - Verify that Microsoft Visual Studio redistributables are installed

I have installed MS Visual Studio but that does not seem to have helped. I've checked my file system and the only md3 file I can find is called Type0011.md3, and is in the Astroart6 directory of my computer.

Anyone out there have any ideas?

For reference, the reason I want this is to set up a script to automate slewing and imaging of a set of variable stars. If there is any other software out there that will support an HEQ5 mount and Nikon D3300 I'd be interested to hear about that also.

Thanks,

Billy.

Hi Billy,

The md3.dll file you require is part of the Nikon SDK (Software Development Kit) file for each specific camera.

Unfortunately for you Nikon have, for some unspecified reason, refused to release the D33XX camera range SDK files.

This means that NO third party software can fully support your camera for all the functions you require.

Controlling the HEQ5 mount, as far as pointing at a specific single target is concerned, and exposing a specified number of frames is easily done using EQMOD and something like BackYard Nikon... both are ASCOM capable and will talk to each other.

Automating the moving between individual targets using a script would require yet another software package... getting them all talking together is the tricky part as most scripting stuff would not necessarily be ASCOM compliant.

I am unaware of a single package which would come close to doing what you are requiring.

Good luck and clear skies.

Sandy.

 

Edited by Lonestar70
added word for clarity

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Thanks for the info Sandy - that does make things harder.

As you say, controlling the camera is no problem - I've been using digiCamControl, which seems to work quite well and supports scripting (I was mostly planning on using this as an advanced intervalometer, to take batches rather than single shots at each interval), and AstroArt will handle the mount no problem. I guess one option is to have both running side by side, with one doing the mount and one the camera.

Billy.

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