Operating Manual Research Camera Models: STL-1001E, STL-1301E, STL-4020M, STL-6303E and STL-11000M

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CCD Camera Operating Manual
Operating Manual Research Camera Models: STL-1001E, STL-1301E, STL-4020M, STL-6303E and STL-11000M
Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction … 4
  • 1.1. Getting Started … 5
    1.1.1. Quick Start Guide – Summary… 6
    1.1.2. Unpacking the Camera… 6
    1.1.3. Parts and Assembly … 9
    1.1.4. Connections… 10
    1.1.5. Attaching the camera to a telescope using the 2” nosepiece … 12
    1.1.6. Attaching the camera to a telescope using a custom adapter.. 12
    1.1.7. Attaching the optional camera lens adapter … 13
    1.1.8. Connecting the STL-RC Adapter and Relay Cable … 13
    1.1.9. Optional Relay Adapter Box… 14
    1.1.10. Attaching the Remote Head … 14
    1.1.11. Connecting water hoses … 15
    1.1.12. Extending the USB cable … 15
    1.1.13. Opening the Front Cover – Changing Filters … 16
    1.1.14. Regenerating the Desiccant Plug … 17
    1.1.15. Indicator Lights … 17
    1.1.16. Opening the Back Cover – Changing the Fuse… 18
    1.1.17. Attaching the Camera Handles… 18
    1.1.18. Camera Resolution … 19
    1.1.19. Camera Field of View … 20
    1.1.20. Focal Length, Resolution and Field of View … 21
  • 1.2. Installing the USB Drivers for the First Time … 22
    1.2.1. Establish Communications with CCDOPS… 22
    1.2.2. Capturing Images with the CCD Camera… 23
  • 2. Introduction to CCD Cameras… 25
  • 2.1. Cameras in General … 25
  • 2.2. How CCD Detectors Work .. 25
  • 2.2.1. Full Frame and Frame Transfer / Interline CCDs… 26
  • 2.3. Camera Hardware Architecture … 26
  • 2.4. CCD Special Requirements … 29
    2.4.1. Cooling … 29
    2.4.2. Double Correlated Sampling Readout … 29
    2.4.3. Dark Frames … 30
    2.4.4. Flat Field Images 30
    2.4.5. Pixels vs. Film Grains… 30
    2.4.6. Guiding … 32
  • 2.5. Electronic Imaging … 32
  • 2.6. Black and White vs. Color … 33
  • 3.At the Telescope with a CCD Camera … 35
  • 3.1. Step by Step with a CCD Camera… 35
  • 3.2. Attaching the Camera to the Telescope… 35
  • 3.3. Establishing a Communications Link … 35
  • 3.4. Focusing the CCD Camera … 36
  • 3.5. Finding and Centering the Object … 37
  • 3.6. Taking an Image… 37
  • 3.7. Displaying the Image … 38
  • 3.8. Processing the Image… 38
  • 3.9.Advanced Capabilities … 38
    3.9.1. Crosshairs Mode (Photometry and Astrometry) … 38
    3.9.2. Sub-Frame Readout in Focus… 39
    3.9.3. Track and Accumulate… 39
    3.9.4. Autoguiding and Self Guiding… 40
    3.9.5. Auto Grab … 41
    3.9.6. Color Imaging … 41
  • 4.Camera Hardware … 43
  • 4.1. System Components … 43
  • 4.2. Connecting the Power … 43
  • 4.3. Connecting to the Computer… 43
  • 4.4. Connecting the Relay Port to the Telescope … 43
    4.4.1 Using Mechanical Relays … 44
  • 4.5. Modular Family of CCD Cameras… 46
  • 4.6. Connecting accessories to the Camera… 50
  • 4.7. Battery Operation …50
  • 5. Advanced Imaging Techniques … 51
  • 5.1. Lunar and Planetary Imaging … 51
  • 5.2. Deep Sky Imaging… 51
  • 5.3. Terrestrial Imaging … 51
  • 5.4. Taking a Good Flat Field … 52
  • 5.5. Building a Library of Dark Frames… 52
  • 5.6. Changing the Camera Resolution… 52
  • 5.7. Flat Fielding Track and Accumulate Images … 53
  • 5.8. Tracking Functions … 54
  • 6. Accessories for your CCD Camera … 57
  • 6.1. Water Cooling… 57
  • 6.2. Tri-color Imaging … 57
  • 6.3. Camera Lens Adapter … 58
  • 6.4. Focal Reducers… 58
  • 6.5. Flat Field Correctors … 58
  • 6.6. Third Party Products and Services … 58
    6.6.1. Windows Software … 58
    6.6.2. Image Processing Software … 58
    6.6.3. Getting Hardcopy.. .58
  • 6.7. SBIG Technical Support … 59
  • 7. Common Problems … 61
  • 8. Glossary … 62
  • A. Appendix A – Connector and Cables … 67
    A.1. Connector Pinouts for the AO/SCOPE port: … 67
    A.2. Connector Pinouts for the power jack: … 67
    A.4. SBIG Tracking Interface Cable (TIC-78) … 68
  • B. Appendix B – Maintenance … 69
    B.1. Cleaning the CCD and the Window … 69
    B.2. Regenerating the Desiccant … 69
  • C. Appendix C – Capturing a Good Flat Field. 70
    C.1. Technique…70
  • D. Appendix D Camera Specifications … 71
    Model STL-4020M Typical Specificaitons 71
    Model STL-11000M Typical Specificaitons … 72
    Model STL-6303E Typical Specificaitons … 73
    Model STL-1301E Typical Specificaitons … 74
    Model STL-1001E Typical Specificaitons … 75
  • E. Appendix E €“ Third Party Vendors Supporting SBIG Products … 76
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