Hello, still evaluating SGP, I’m having an unreliable connection to my SBIG STF-8300 camera I’m not able to fix:
- Freezes over apparent connection/driver issues
- Takes longer than expected to download frame/focus images
Posted some screenshots here:
SGP freezes over “SBIG Error while starting exposures: Driver not open”, and “SBIG Tx timeout”…these two errors happen at random while doing frame/focus runs. It does not matter if using “high speed download” or not. It can freeze at the first frame, or after a couple minutes. Error seems more prone to happen if you stop the frame and focus run then try to re-start it, it is failing with the “driver not open” usually at this point.
Wondering if anyone has experienced the same issues…or I’m missing a special camera setting. I’m sure I’m not the first person using SGP with an SBIG camera so I must be doing something wrong.
I’m leaving “download speed” at zero…but have also tried 1s with no changes.
With SGP the focusing frames seem to take about 2 seconds to download (I measured looking at a digital clock)…but with CCDOps download speed is completed “instantly”.
I’ve read the tutorials/help and I believe I followed the steps to configure the camera correctly.
I tested the same camera, over the same cable/port with CCDOps . Here I have no issues after running it over several minutes of a focusing routine, and was able to capture over 800 frames ( in both cases I tried 0.5s exposures, 1x1 bin).
In one test, after re-starting the PC, SGP froze at the first frame/focus frame, I aborted the action, unmanaged the camera from SGP and was able to launch and connect the camera to CCDOps and start a focusing run without touching anything else.
I have the camera updated to the latest firmware, also made sure SBIG drivers are the latest. I even bought two new good quality USB cables from different brands with gold plated connectors, etc to eliminate cable/connector issues.
I only have the SBIG camera connected while troubleshooting this, directly with the USB cable…no hub.
I’m using a fresh windows 10 pro install, my PC is a core i7 with SSD , 8 GB RAM, 64 bits. SGP 126.96.36.199.
Prior to trying SGP I used Maxim DL Ver 5 for several months with same SBIG camera and same computer, I’ve not seen issues either (although I was using a different cable and windows 7 back then). With MaximDL focusing frames also seemed to download much faster.