MX5 ccd camera driver - kernel module
Version : 0.1
Author(s) : David Schmenk (email@example.com)
License : schmenk
Disk space required for installation is 231.00 Kb
In order to image with Linux, two thing are required: camera driver
support and a control application. Both are available here. The camera
drivers are implemented as kernel device drivers.
These must be built and installed for your specific kernel. The
control application uses features of the camera drivers and other
accessories such as filter wheels and telescope guiding
interfaces. Two other applications are useful as well. A celestial
charting program and an image processing program will improve the
ability to acquire and enhance good images. XEphem and
The GIMP are recommended.
Of course Linux is needed. Currently only the 2.2.x kernel is
supported by the camera drivers. There are drivers for the Connectix
parallel port Quickcam and the Starlight Xpress (MX5/16,
MX5/12, MX5C, ,MX7C, MX9 - HX5 and HX9 untested) series of camers.
Adding new drivers is fairly easy, so if you want to add support
foryour camera, lookat the current source and send
me some email. The control application, gccd , requires a Gnome
installation. Gccd also uses the GDK-PIXBUF library, so make sure it is
installed from your distribution. It seems that most
make this library an installation option. You do not need a big or
fast computer. I developed this software to run on an anemic 75 Mhz
Pentium laptop with 16 MB RAM and 640x480 LCD. It is
equivalent to a circa 1991/1992 desktop. However, the faster your
computer, the better your experience. Faster downloads, more screen
real-estate, more images in memory are the benefits
of a newer computer.