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Starlight Xpress USB mini filter wheel including Off Axis Guiding. Now only £150
This is a great little filter wheel, ideal for compact set-ups:
Starlight Xpress Mini Filter Wheel with integrated Off-Axis Guide prism
The wheel is USB controlled and powered
5 x 1.25" filter positions
OAG is designed to be close to par-focal with most SX cameras
The SX Lodestar, SuperStar or Costar guide cameras (not included) are fully compatible
T-thread front and rear - there is currently a M56 adapter fitted for direct connection to the SW 0.85x reducer/flattener, and original T2 adapter included
Manufacturers spec. And detailed dimensions available from Starlight Xpress
RRP at FLO is £280
Collection from Nottingham, or DHL for £10 (based on UK delivery)
I have an Ultrastar Color camera. I'm having difficulty with Starlight Live on my iMac. I have the latest version installed. When I load the software the camera is connected, but when I try to acquire an image, I never see anything. The bar at the left bottom of the screen indicates the image is being acquired, but the software image screen remains black no matter how I change the exposure settings. It works perfectly on my Windows 10 pc, but I need to use it on my iMac. Any suggestions?
Thanks so much,
I’ve recently got some shiny new kit, and last night was the first clear skies here when I had the opportunity to try it all out. This is not my first time observing, so I’m well prepared for unexpected issues, but it is my first time ccd imaging. There was lots of learning, including; cable management needs to be better, I (still) never have the right USB cable, and the focus tube needs some mechanical refining to address slippage. But the problem I’m not sure how to solve is one of focus.
I bought the SW Trius 814 kit (Trius 814, mini usb filter wheel with OAG, and Lodestar X2) and naively thought that perhaps if it was sold together it would all work together. And maybe it does, I’m not immune to stupidity
I could achieve focus with the 814 relatively easily, and even captured a test image and solved it in Ekos, all very heart warming. But I couldn’t then get focus with the Lodestar X2 (attached to the integrated OAG in the mini wheel) without pulling the focus tube out considerably further (approx. 50-80mm I didn’t measure). This obviously isn’t ideal. Am I missing something?
The setup is:
ED80 -> Field flattener -> filterwheel with OAG -> Trius 814 with the Lodestar attaches directly to the OAG.
All advice appreciated, and please don’t imagine that I won’t have missed something ‘obvious’
I bought an Opticstar 2" Manual Filter Wheel and the plan is to stick an arduino controlled stepper motor on the wheel perimeter to turn it. Magnets and hall effect switches will be used to keep track of the position and which filter is active. The mechanical design is done using the open source apps LibreCAD and FreeCAD. G-code for my CNC mill is produced using HeeksCAD and the mill itself is controlled by LinuxCNC. Electronic design is done using the awesome KiCad which recently has had a massive boost by the propeller heads at CERN.
The mechanics is almost done. Still need to etch the PCB and put it together before the real fun begins writing the firmware
I'm hoping Paul or someone who has used Starlight Live with a Trius camera sees this and can point me in the right direction!
I've borrowed a Trius XS694 (mono) to try out. I have it plugged in to the AC adapter, and am using the USB cord that comes with the camera to connect it to my Macbook Pro's USB port.
When I attach the SX Trius 694 it shows up in Starlight Live 3.3 (checkmark symbol) as Starlight Xpress SX694 (F/W 25.1). I can set TEC, mono, binning, etc.
However, as soon as I try to do anything (eg. start to take darks), it pauses, then loses the camera connection. I have to physically unplug and replug the camera to get it to show up again.
My understanding was that SL supported the SX cams... do I need to do something else (command line?) before connecting the cam? Or...?
On a related note: I'd also appreciate the proper command line syntax to view FITS files generated by the cam (assuming I eventually get that working!)
Thanks so much in advance!
- Greg A