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AstroDMx Capture

AstroDMx Capture - Dark Theme Screenshot

AstroDMx Capture running under Fedora 26 / Cinnamon. The dark theme has been inherited from the Cinnamon desktop theme.


A new version of AstroDMx Capture for Linux that will support QHY astronomy cameras will be released this weekend (25th / 26th November 2017)

The latest version of AstroDMx Capture for Linux is 0.9.11-18 and can be downloaded by clicking the following link:

Changelog

  • Now allows dark and flat field calibration to be used simultaneously
  • Improvements to the long exposure countdown indicator
  • Bug fixes

Previous Versions


Installation Instructions - First time install

  • Download the AstroDMx Capture archive to your home directory
  • Extract the archive
  • Launch a terminal window
  • Type the following commands (Important: Do not run the installer as root):
    • cd AstroDMx_Capture/install
    • ./install.sh
    • reboot

If you get error messages from sudo. Then type the following command as root

  • cd $HOME/AstroDMx_Capture/install/res
  • cp *.rules /etc/udev/rules.d/
  • reboot

If the software fails to run then drop to a command prompt and execute the following commands. The error messages will show what is causing the problem, for example, if you have missing dependencies.

  • cd $HOME/AstroDMx_Capture/bin
  • ./astrodmx_capture
  • Installation Instructions - Upgrade

    • Download the AstroDMx Capture archive to your home directory
    • Extract the archive
    • Delete or rename your existing installation of AstroDMx Capture. You do not need to remove the AstroDMx_DATA directory.
    • Rename the extracted archive to whatever you want.

    If the software fails to run then drop to a command prompt and execute the following commands. The error messages will show what is causing the problem, for example, if you have missing dependencies.

  • cd $HOME/AstroDMx_Capture/bin
  • ./astrodmx_capture
  • Important Note: DFK / DBK cameras on modern computers

    Imaging Source colour CCD cameras, such as the DFK-21AU04.AS do not work correctly on some modern computers. For example, the Imaging Source camera mentioned is able to stream normally but the camera controls do not work when using YUYV. The simplest solution to this problem is to use the camera's Bayer mode (which works perfectly and has higher frame rates) but if YUYV is important to the user then the following may help.

    Generally, computers have both an xHCI and an EHCI controller and the camera mentioned above does not work correctly with the xHCI controller.

    The following procedure will cause the xHCI controller to forward USB 2 packets to the EHCI controller which solves this problem. However, it is important to note that some very new computers are no longer shipped with a EHCI controller. In this case this procedure will not work. In such a case, the DFK-21AU04.AS will only work correctly in its Bayer or Greysclae modes.

    Drop to a command prompt and execute the following commands as root. This can be done by typing su or by prefixing the commands with sudo.

    • lspci -nn | grep USB

    The output will look something like the following, the exact output will be dependent upon your hardware. Do not use the information from this sample because it will not work on your system.

    00:14.0 USB controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family USB xHCI Host Controller [8086:1e31] (rev 04)

    00:1a.0 USB controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C216 Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #2 [8086:1e2d] (rev 04)

    00:1d.0 USB controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C216 Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #1 [8086:1e26] (rev 04)

    Make a note of the sequence which is highlighted in bold. The above example is: 8086:1e31 and then type the following command as root. If you do not see an EHCI controller (sometimes listed as an 'Enhanced Host Controller' as in the example above) listed then this procedure will not work.

    • setpci -H1 -d 8086:1e31 d0.l=0

    This change will only last until the system is rebooted and so the procedure will have to be repeated each time. Once you have obtained the controller information you only need to type the setpci command. For convenience, this command can be entered into a script and then the script can be run to invoke the change when required.

    Important Note: Ubuntu Unity Users

    Please note, if you are using Ubuntu Unity then you will need to download the following archive. Once downloaded, extract the archive and copy 'libgtk-x11-2.0.so.0' into 'astrodmx_capture/lib. This is required because there is an issue with Ubuntu Unity and without this file the UI will not render correctly. Once this is implemented the AstroDMx Capture UI will render with a generic theme instead of the operating system's theme.

    This is not required for any other operating system, including other flavours of Ubuntu.

  • Use your file manager and enter the astrodmx_capture directory and then enter the bin directory
  • Double-click the astrodmx_capture binary to run the software
  • Important Note: ZWO USB2 Cameras

    In order for USB2 ZWO cameras to work, one of two things must be done. The ZWO manufacturer recommends that the camera firmware should be flashed with their compatible firmware. The compatible firmware can be download directly from the manufacturer by clicking the link below. However, doing this causes issues with 16-bit long exposure (greater than 1 second). There is a second option, which does not require the camera to be re-flashed. This involves patching the Linux kernel. More information and instructions will be added to this site shortly. The second option does not suffer from the long exposure issue.

    ZWO also have a Windows flashing tool which can be downloaded from the downloads section of the ZWO website.


    AstroDMx Capture has been tested on the following 64-bit Linux operating systems.

    • Linux Mint 18.2 Cinnamon
    • Linux Mint 18.2 Mate
    • Linux Mint 18.2 xfce
    • Debian 9 Cinnamon
    • Debian 9 LXDE
    • Debian 9 xfce
    • Debian 9 GNOME
    • Kubuntu 16.04 LTS
    • Kubuntu 17.04
    • Xubuntu 17.04
    • Lubuntu 17.04
    • Ubuntu Gnome 3 or classic
    • Fedora 24, 25, 26 with Gnome 3
    • Fedora 26 with Cinnamon
    • Peppermint OS
    • Ubuntu 16.04 with Unity (with the additional download package)
    • Ubuntu 17.04 with Unity (with the additional download package)
    • Antergos Linux
    • PC Linux Mate
    • Mageia Linux
    • Elementary OS. Runs from the command line only at the moment

    32-bit versions, including a version compiled for the Raspberry PI3, will be released in due course.

    AstroCrop

    The latest version of AstroCrop for 1.1.0, Engine Version: 1.0.3 and can be downloaded by clicking the following link:

    Native Linux versions of the above software will be added shortly. However, the Windows versions run perfectly under current versions of Wine.

    Aspect Ratio Corrector

    The latest version of Aspect Ratio Corrector for Windows is 1.0 and can be downloaded by clicking the following link. Although there is no native Linux version, the Windows version runs perfectly under Wine.