A ccd camera control program
Version : 0.2
Author(s) : Dave Schmenk (firstname.lastname@example.org)
License : GPL
Disk space required for installation is 2.11 Mb
A shortcut will be installed in the KDE/GNOME desktop menu system,
as an entry in the Astronomy submenu
GCCD is a CCD camera control and imaging application. It is
designed to get the best images from your camera setup. As such,
for telescope tracking, filter wheels, automatic guiding (including
self-guiding for SX MX cameras), and someday focusers. One shot
cameras are fully supported, including the ability to
images. They will be split apart to each color channel before being
registered. GCCD is not a celestial charting program. For a great
program that supports just about everything, look to XEphem. GCCD
am image processing program. Use GIMP for that. GCCD is meant to
acquiring images as simple and automatic as possible.
GCCD uses any camera that is supported by the CCD camera kernel
The kernel drivers currently supported include the Connectix
Quickcams and the Starlight Xpress MX5 series. Anyone wanting to
camera support to GCCD must do it through the kernel driver
Currently GCCD can control the telescope through the LX200 serial
interface or the Starlight Xpress STAR2000 adapter. The interface
for guiding and slewing the scope. No 'GOTO' capability exists. For
filter work, the TrueTech Custom Filter Wheel is supported. A
sequence can be set up to automatically set the filter and expose a
percentage of the requested expose time (1% to 1000%). In order to
the serial ports from GCCD, make sure the device files /dev/ttyS*
read/writeable to your account.
Features, Bugs, Etc.
This is a very preliminary release. The feature set seemed complete
enough to finally be useful. Save often. I know it will crash just
you have taken the image of a new comet that will get your name.
are still many missing features. Noteably the ability to select
object to guide on. Currently it is automatically selected. Also,
traing the tracking rate isn't implemented. You may have to
with this. You can figure this out for yourself by moving the scope
each direction during an integration. If you do it for 1 second,
how far the star trails are in pixels for each direction. That is
number to put into the tracking rate. The FITS header is still
lots of information, and no way to edit it. The View settings don't
always want to follow the images properly. Thats my ignorance on
Gnome/GTK works. Files are not automatically saved. If you exit
saving, bye-bye image. Hopefully all this will be fixed over time.
is time to play with it for awhile so you can give me...