CCDciel is free software released under the terms of the
GNU General Public License
Open this window from the menu File → Device setup before to connect to any devices.
Create a new profile for your equipment.
All the devices and all the program options will be stored in this profile, allowing to have completely different settings for your different equipments or locations.
The Copy button copy the current profile to a new one, allowing to change a piece of the equipment.
The New button create a totally empty profile, with no equipment and no options. This can be use to create a profile for another observatory and be sure to not left behind an incompatible option.
For INDI you have to enter the network name or IP address, and the port of the running INDI server, then click the button “Connect and get devices list” to make the program know which devices are available.
Beware that CCDciel itself never start the INDI server. You can start it using the command line, IndiStarter, or Indi Webmanager.
For ASCOM there is no additional information.
Note that the program will close and restart if you change between INDI and ASCOM.
Select the camera to use with CCDciel, from the dropdown list for INDI or using the ASCOM chooser.
A camera is mandatory so you cannot leave this page unconfigured.
For ASCOM you can click the Setup button to access the driver options now before the camera is connected.
You can select if you want the image to be flipped vertically when it is read from the ASCOM driver. Keep this checked from compatibility with calibration frames you do with previous version of this program.
For INDI the “sensor” field is to select the sensor to use for dual-chip camera, you probably always want “Main sensor” here.
Check the corresponding box if you want to automatically load the INDI saved configuration when the device is connected.
Then select how you want INDI to transfer the image data:
For INDI the driver options are available from the menu Edit/INDI settings.
Check “Use filter wheel”.
Select the filter wheel to use with CCDciel, from the dropdown list for INDI or using the ASCOM chooser.
Or check the corresponding box if the filter wheel is commanded by the camera driver.
Check “Use focuser”.
Select the focuser to use with CCDciel, from the dropdown list for INDI or using the ASCOM chooser.
Or check the corresponding box if the focuser is commanded by the mount driver.
Check “Use mount”.
Select the telescope mount to use with CCDciel, from the dropdown list for INDI or using the ASCOM chooser.
You can send to the mount the time from the computer or the observatory coordinates from the configuration, or set the configured observatory coordinates from the mount GPS.
Check “Use weather station”.
Select the weather station to use with CCDciel, from the dropdown list for INDI or using the ASCOM chooser.
For ASCOM you can select if you want to use a ObservingCondition or SafetyMonitor driver. You can define the ObservingCondition limits in the Preferences. If using a SafetyMonitor be sure the limits are set to ensure good observing condition.
For INDI the limits are the Warning level of the weather driver.
When the observing condition are not good the sequence is paused until they are good again.
Check “Use safety monitor”.
Select the safety monitor to use with CCDciel, from the dropdown list for INDI or using the ASCOM chooser.
For ASCOM be sure the SafetyMonitor limits are set to ensure safe operation.
For INDI the limits are the Alert level of the weather driver.
You can define the action to take when the condition are not safe in the Preferences.
Beware that by default it do nothing!
Check “Use watchdog”, select the INDI driver and set the threshold value in minutes.
The watchdog is a specific INDI driver that can park the mount and the dome if the connection is lost with CCDciel for more than the threshold time limit. There is no similar function when using ASCOM drivers.
Click OK after you finish your setting.