Discussion in 'Guiding and Adaptive Optics - StarChaser and AO' started by Ron Frisk, Oct 20, 2014.
Please advise post merger.
As it stands, we've made many changes to the MaxIm DL AO plugin, and the SBIG Universal driver with the end goal of supporting the AO-X unit. We have had some success in improving the stability of the program with it, and advise our customers to upgrade to MaxIm DL version 6.06, and sbigudrv.dll version 4.81 build 1 as soon as possible. If you are still experiencing issues with the software controling the AO-X unit, then we advise you open a tech support ticket in our software thread. If there is a problem with your hardware, you're welcome to open a support ticket in this thread.
Hi Adam - thanks for the quick response. Hopefully in the next couple of nights I will be abler to give it a shot. Will report back following testing. Sorry if I posted in the wrong place.
Thanks again and CS, Ron
No problem, Ron. Best of luck with the test!
Any luck with this?
Adam recently identified a potential problem if you try to take a dark frame on the main chip while AO guiding is operating. Therefore we recommend you not take dark frames, including auto-darks, while actively AO guiding. Stop the guider, do your calibration frames, and then restart.
My AO-X is not working at all with MaxImDL. Although it is working perfectly well with both CCDOPS and TheSkyX Camera add-on.
OS: Windows 7 32bit
MaxImDL: version 6.07
SBIG 64 Bit driver version = v4.81, build 1
All SBIG firmware is showing as current
SBIG Equipment in use:
Auto-dark = OFF (although AO-X still Accumulates dark frames when starting track mode)
guide star located =YES
trained AO-X = YES
guide star located and locked = YES
start guide using AO-X = NO - guide star lost! (when starting AO-X guider on selected star the guider will not find the guide star even though a suitable guide star was located and selected in the 1st step)
There is a bug in the AO-X plugin which incorrectly reports Guide Star Fade (on occasion). Does MaxIm DL show a guide star in the tracking window, and report RMS Wander, AO Tilt, Rate, and Total Counts? If so, it's likely that the AO-X is tracking properly in spite of the errant "Guide Star Fade".
no not at all. Sometimes (less than 5% of the time) I may see the guide star in the tracking window, but then the AO tilt moves to 100% within about a second in one of the 2 axis. but again most of the time there is no guide star displayed and the RMS wander, AO tilt, etc just remains at a constant figure and reports guide star fade.
For the benefit of the group: I'm investigating a possible firmware fix to this issue with Andrew.
The newest maxim release isn't working with AOX as per NMSkies on my system with STX 16803 and AOX
6.08 did nothing to help me with this either.
If updating your STX/STXL drivers and MaxIm DL to the newest versions is not correcting your issue, please contact me via private conversation about testing a new version of the STX firmware. We're having some success with it.
A quick update: we have in fact found a firmware bug in the STX/STXL, which would cause the camera to lock up under certain conditions. It's related to managing main versus guide chip operations. Hopefully we will be able to issue a firmware update in a few days to resolve that issue.
Is the new firmware ready yet?
We have a new version and it is currently being tested. Should be available shortly.
That would be much appreciated Doug - thanks.
Great news Doug. Looking forward to testint that.
New drivers and firmware have been released.
Please use your SBIGDriverChecker program to update your drivers, and update your STX/STXL camera firmware.
Important: Do not interrupt the firmware upgrade process, or your camera will have to be sent back to Bill for service!!!
Note: If the driver checker goes "not responding" during the firmware upload process, it's actually working correctly. DO NOT INTERRUPT - wait for it to finish.
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