Configuring TheSkyX and SBIG STX cameras with STX Guider

Discussion in 'STX and STXL Series Cameras' started by Colin Haig, May 28, 2020.

  1. Colin Haig

    Colin Haig Staff Member

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    I'm providing this information so that it may help people using Software Bisque's TheSkyX software with the SBIG STX and STXL cameras, when used with an STX guider or FW8G-STXL self-guiding filter wheel.

    Note that Software Bisque supports this software, not Diffraction Limited. This is merely provided as a convenience.

    People often have a problem with getting a guide image. This is usually because TheSkyX has to be told to use the External Guider, not the internal guide chip on SBIG cameras. The external guider (plugged into the Remote Guide Head port) can only be selected when TSX is connected to the main camera.

    For this example, I am using TheSky X Professional Edition 10.5.0 Build 12545 with the Camera Add-on.
    TheSkyX cannot pre-configure all the necessary settings for cameras until the main camera is connected.
    This might seem unusual, and it is the source of many user's problem.

    In TSX, set up the Camera as STX Cameras, or SBIG with AO (All models ...).
    Connect to the Camera.
    tsx_camera_SBIG.png

    Next, set up the Autoguider as SBIG Imager's built-in autoguider
    tsx_autoguider.png

    By default, this will use the internal guider sensor chip. If you have a newer STX, it doesn't have one.
    You then have to use Setup to pick the external guider.
    tsx_external_guider.png
    There is NO way to choose Internal/External if you don't connect to the camera.
    This means you can't prepare this in advance. The camera must be attached and powered on, and then connected.

    You may wish to set up your filter wheel.
    For example, SBIG FW7-STX.
    Similarly, you cannot set up the filters unless the camera is connected.
     
  2. THouse

    THouse Cyanogen Customer

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    Colin,
    Nice write up, oh how many times has this been repeated.

    Do you mind if I link to this when the question comes up on the SB site?

    Hope all is well, stay safe.

    Tom
     
  3. Colin Haig

    Colin Haig Staff Member

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    Hi Tom - go right ahead. And if I've missed anything, feel free to chime in.
    Maybe we'll make this sticky.
     

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