SGP compatability

Hi…I have a question about SGP compatibility with a Losmandy G-11 mount /Gemini 1 controller and a ST-10XME and built in guide chip. Will SGP allow the camera to guide the mount via the Gemini 1? Can I use the cable that came with the camera. I use windows any where from XP to 10.

Tks,
Stu

Stu,
Yes, you can guide through the camera on the ST-10XME. You’ll need to use the SGP API Guider which you can get form our downloads. http://mainsequencesoftware.com/Releases

More info can be found here:
http://mainsequencesoftware.com/Content/SGPHelp/SBIGGuiderCCDs.html

Thanks,
Jared

Jared, thanks for the info so far. What I haven’t seen yet (spot reading the SGP info) is how to physically hook up my ST-10 to the Gemini 1 autoguide port. For autoguiding I’m currently using a DSI guide camera in separate guide scope> USB to the computer (PHD2 software)>USB to a GPUSB box and a 6 conductor phone type fitting cable to the Gemini 1 autoguide port. The actual main camera imaging is done by CCDSoft. All this works fine!

Do I use the same cable connections with SGP/PHD 2? Does it spell this out some where I haven’t seen yet? I haven’t downloaded SGP or the API guider yet.

Stu

I’m not familiar with the ST-10 to be honest. I would have assumed it came with a standard ST-4 cable.

Honestly, I would just use guiding through the ASCOM pulse guide interface rather than using an ST-4 cable. Pulse guiding has a lot of benefits that ST-4 lacks. PHD2 will send the commands to the mount via ASCOM, no additional cable needed.

Thanks,
Jared

OK…I have installed SGPro on win 7 machine. I have downloaded the ascom standards .org deal and SGPro connects to my ST-10XME. I have id’d my filter list and programed a series errorwhile fetching cusof sequences with exposure time, filter, assigned a directory, etc.

I hit start sequence and it takes the first image and stops. I get the message “SBIG error while fetching customer options!: Unknown_command”. There is a “OK” after that statment. If I hit the “OK”, the sequence resumes with the next image in the sequence and then the same message again, and again, etc. It saves the image to the file I id’d and all is well, but it won’t work thru the entire sequence unless I hit “OK” after each image.

What am I doing wrong? I looked on ascom standards for a driver for the ST-10 in case that was the problem…none there!

Tks,
Stu

Sorry…typing error in previous message…change 2nd line to “programed a series of sequences with exposure times…” delete the words errorwhile fetching cusof"

Stu

Stu,
I know my STL didn’t like “fast” USB ports. If I recall I had to use it on a USB1.1 port or it wouldn’t work. Maybe it would work with USB2 but not 3? I can’t recall…but I remember when I used it on faster USB ports it was an issue (it was the older STL that was USB1.1).

Also you may want to try the SGP Beta. I recall addressing something similar recently but I can’t recall if it made it into the release yet.

Thank you,
Jared

Jared…thanks again for the info. I’ve about come to the conclusion that it may be my camera. Since my first post here (couple weeks) I’ve also had trouble connecting to the mount from the camera with other software. I’ve done continuity checks on all parts (cable, etc.) and I know the autoguider port on the Gemini works (I use it all the time). So the next step is to get SBIG to check out the camera. I’ll be mailing it in next week and once that done, start again trying to get SGPro to work.

Stu

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