INDI Nightscape driver supports the Celestron Nightscape 8300 only. It may be possible to make it work with the KAI-10100 based nighscape but it will need quite a bit of adjusting to the different sensor. The driver is available for download as a 3rd party driver from INDI's download page. Under Ubuntu, you can install it via:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mutlaqja/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install indi-nightscape
The Nightscape driver should support all features of the Alta and Aspen cameras including
- USB connection
- Temperature setpoint
- Hardware binning (vertical only. horizontal binning is implemented in software)
- Frame sub-selection
- Shutter capture mode; Dark, Bias, Light (this keeps shutter closed for dark and bias frames).
- Fan speed
- Selectable USB Libray (libftdi1 or FTDI D2XX).
- Selecatbale camera number (for multiple cameras).
In order to use your Nightscape 8300 camera in INDI the first step is to configure the CCD setting in a new profile or editing and existing one. Here is a new profile where we are selecting our CCD as a Nightscape CCD.
After configuring your profile to use an Nighscape 8300 camera, connecting to INDI will create new tabs for your camera that contain your camera's detailed specifics. The driver only supports the Nighscape 8300 which uses a Kodak KAF-8300 chip via USB.
The Options tab contains various settings for simulation, default file locations, upload behavior and debugging.
The Image Settings tab contains default settings for binning, sub framing, compression and frame type. Frame type controls the shutter such that you can take dark and bias frames with the shutter closed. All these options are available in the Ekos CCD application, you could change them here to establish different start up defaults.
The Image Info tab contains the read only details of the underlying CCD's dimensions, pixel size and bit depth.
If you have both D2XX and libftdi1 installed, the driver will let you choose which one to use at runtime. This is under the 'USB Library' tab.
The nightscape driver is very sensitive to USB performance, and will drop packets during download occasionally. This will corrupt the downloaded images. If you get fewer than 2506 ines for a full frame download you will probably have some image corruption, or at least missing lines. This behaviour is much better with D2XX insted of libftdi libraries.
Make sure you don't have anything else using your USB bus, use a 'good' USB port and don't run CPU intensive background programs, especially video playback.
The USB performance of older Raspberry Pi models is not sufficient to run this driver.
If you found a bug, please report it at INDI's bug tracking system at SourceForge. (You can log in with a variety of existing accounts, including Google, Yahoo and OpenID.)