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Software supporting G2 CCD cameras with image processing and manipulation functions
SIPS v3.4.1 the “Ryzen update” is available for download
 Introduction of AMD Ryzen R7 processors with 8 cores and 16 threads for a fraction of price of corresponding 8-core Intel Core i7 counterparts (or for a similar price like 4-core Core i7) brought high hopes for astronomers seeking faster processing of their images. Providing the clock speed and IPC (Instructions Per Clock) are similar, two-times the cores should bring two-times faster processing, right? But situation is not that simple, numerous published tests indicate that while the 8C/16T R7 sometimes outpaces the 8C/16T i7, but sometimes trails even the 4C/4T Core i5. Obviously, the R7 performance strongly depends on the program executed. This is why we introduced SIPS version 3.4.1, the “Ryzen Update”. (more...)
SIPS v3.4 released
 The single most important feature of SIPS v3.4 is the very significant speed up of some algorithms. Still, some new tweaks make astronomer's life more convenient, which is always welcomed — e.g. SIPS can handle yet another batch of FITS keywords and Photometry including light curve plotting can be performed in real time immediately after each image is read from the camera. (more...)
New features in SIPS v3.3
 New version of SIPS focuses to polishing of existing functionality, making it more robust and reliable. Astrometry with uncertain image center coordinates, automatic aperture calculation in Photometry, wider set of FITS keywords and ability to use known values to calculate missing ones (pixel scale from pixel size and focal length etc.) without user intervention, all these features make SIPS v3.3 usage more pleasant and comfortable. (more...)
TheSkyX for macOS driver for Gx cameras
 The Gx camera driver for TheSkyX was limited to the Windows version of this popular planetarium and camera control software package. The newly introduced driver extends the support also to Macintosh computers running macOS version 10.7 and newer. The driver for TheSkyX running under macOS supports USB camera as well as cameras connected through the Gx Camera Ethernet Adapter. (more...)
SIPS version 3.1 is released
 Version 3.1 of the Scientific Image Processing System brought only a few new features, but it fixed an occasional stability problem in the implementation of multi-threaded background processing of large amount of images at once. Although the problem could affect both 32 and 64 bit versions, it occurred more frequently in 64 bit version, probably because the 64 bit version is more often used to process many large images at once. So the SIPS version 3.1 is highly recommended update for all SIPS users. (more...)
SIPS version 3
 There were twenty individual version releases of SIPS between version 2 and 3 and only minor updates of version 2.4.x were released eleven times. All these updates, enhancements and bug fixes plus a bunch of new ones are now embraced in version 3. Still, the new visual style of the SIPS v3 is probably the first change every user notices. (more...)
The Gx CCD camera drivers for INDILIB
 Standardized software interfaces bring the possibility to use various devices in many programs, providing device manufactures as well as software developers implement particular standard. ASCOM standard for CCD cameras and other astronomy equipment is widely used within the Windows operating system, while a new INDILIB initiative stars to appear as emerging standard in the world of Linux-based operating systems. Libraries and drivers supporting this standard are now available for all CCD cameras of the Gx series, connected through both USB and Ethernet. (more...)
SIPS v2.4.9 released
 SIPS went through many incremental enhancements and introduced new features from version 2.4.0 to current 2.4.9. It also polished these function and fixed some problems, which surfaced as new advanced image analysis tools like astrometry reduction and photometry light curve analysis are used by more and more users. (more...)
SIPS v2.4.3 released (UPDATED)
 SIPS version 2.4.3 adds new features as well as fixes problems found in the previous versions. Important new feature is the inter-image guiding, which uses images taken with a main camera and adjusts mount position only between individual exposures. This feature is of course usable only when the mount is capable to keep tracking during single exposure and irregularities occur only on larger time scales, spanning multiple exposures. (more...)
What can 64 bit operating system do and which driver versions to choose?
 “64 bits” is a new marketing buzz-word in the world of mobile phones and tablets, but it is rather common in the world of Personal Computers. Despite the 64 bit systems are available for many years, especially recently number of newly installed 32 bit systems sharply declines and 64 bit systems dominate. Surprisingly, general understanding what does it mean is very low and particularly baffling is the fact, that 64 bit operating system is (fortunately) perfectly capable to run 32 bit applications. The answer to the question which driver version (32 bit or 64 bit) to install requires understanding of a few concepts. (more...)
SIPS v2.4.1 released (updated)
 SIPS version 2.4 implements two most often requested functions. The first one is dithering—the capability to shift guiding star position among individual exposures of the main imaging camera to be able to eliminate image artifacts (hot pixels, bad columns) during image stacking. The second one is the ability to save (and load) defined exposure series to files. Although these updates look like a minor ones, it was necessary to completely overhaul the camera user interface to implement them. The original Camera control tool was split into Imaging Camera tool and new Guiding Camera tool. This new tool contains all necessary guiding controls on single place and offers more interactivity and provides better feedback to the user, which makes guiding setup much simpler task. What's more, all the work done on v2.4 allows adding of new features planned for v2.5. (more...)
New version 2.3.3 of the SIPS software package available in both 32 bit and 64 bit variant
 64 bit version of the Scientific Image Processing System package was tested for several months and it is now released for free download with the minor SIPS release v2.3.3. Software variant supporting 64 bit memory addressing (this means not limited to 4GB) is not the only new feature. This minor release added support for new hardware, allows much better control of attached telescopes, broadened compatibility with FITS standard etc. It was also significantly updated to work much better on HI-DPI displays. (more...)
SIPS version 2.3 supports the new G3-16000 camera
 Scientific Image Processing System (SIPS) version 2.3 brings only a few changes, compared to previous version 2.2. The main reason for it release is the support for newly introduced G3-16000 camera. Unifying of the Gx USB camera drivers into single driver (similarly to the already unified Gx Camera Ethernet Adapter driver) significantly enhanced the support for Gx cameras in the third party programs, but SIPS user barely note any change—SIPS offers all connected cameras and users do not need to care which driver controls which camera. SIPS v2.3 is supplied with all Gx series of CCD cameras and can be also downloaded from this web site for free. (more...)
Gx Camera driver overhaul—new unified drivers for Gx USB and Gx ETH cameras
 Gx CCD cameras were developed evolutionary, new models with new CCD detectors as well as new revisions of existing models were introduced over time. Also new communication buses and protocols were incorporated. All these changes required new drivers for both SIPS software package and third-party programs. Introduction of the latest CCD camera G3-16000, which uses new electronics and thus requires new driver, initiated driver overhaul—all currently supported cameras, connected over the USB, use single new driver 'GxUSB' and similarly all current cameras connected over the Ethernet Adapter use common driver 'GxETH'. This redesign affected drivers for other camera control programs and new versions of unified drivers for ASCOM and for TheSkyX, MaxIm DL and Astroart are also released. (more...)
TheSkyX native driver for all Gx USB/Ethernet cameras
 We introduce new native drivers of all Gx CCD cameras for Software Bisque TheSkyX planetarium software package. There are two drivers available—one for cameras connected directly to the host PC through the USB interface and the second one for cameras connected through Gx Camera Ethernet Adapter and TCP/IP network. Both drivers can be freely downloaded from this web site. (more...)
SIPS version 2.2 released
 Scientific Image Processing System (SIPS for short) version 2.2 added support for much wider variety of observing hardware thank to implementation of ASCOM interfaces for cameras, filter wheels, focusers, telescope mounts and observatory domes. All those devices, equipped with ASCOM driver, can be used in SIPS beginning from this version. Gx CCD cameras with Ethernet interface, as well as a new G1-1200 guiding and planetary camera, are supported natively by this release. The software was also adopted to work properly on large resolution screens with high DPI, SIPS is able to refocus upon filter change (providing individual filter offsets are defined) etc. SIPS v2.2 is supplied with all Gx series of CCD cameras and can be also downloaded from this web site for free. (more...)
New ASCOM drivers for G0/G1 and G2/G3/G4 cameras
 New G0 and G1 CCD camera driver version 1.2 and G2, G3 and G4 cooled CCD camera driver version 1.5 for ASCOM standard are available for download. (more...)
SIPS version 2.1 released
 Scientific Image Processing System (SIPS for short) evolved from simple camera control software to rather complex system for acquiring and processing scientific and astrophotography images. SIPS evolution continues and v2.1 adds numerous new features designed to make observations simpler, more reliable and less demanding for observer attendance. The software is supplied with all Gx series of CCD cameras and can be also downloaded from this web site for free. (more...)
Updated G0/G1 and G2/G3/G4 ASCOM camera drivers available for download
 New G0 and G1 CCD camera driver version 1.1 and G2, G3 and G4 cooled CCD camera driver version 1.3 for ASCOM standard are available for download. (more...)
Tool for Gx camera filter wheel configuration available for download
 Gx CCD cameras (currently G2, G3 and G4 series) are designed to operate with either internal or external filter wheels (or without filter wheel at all, of course). While changing number of filter positions of internal filter wheel is not typical, external filter wheels can be easily added or exchanged. However, type of actually connected filter wheel (number of positions) is stored in camera permanent memory and changing number of filter wheel positions requires updating of this information. Newly released tool allows every user to change camera filter wheel configuration without sending the camera to dealer or manufacturer. (more...)
Linux drivers for G0 to G4 CCD Cameras are available for download
 G0 and G1 guiding CCD cameras as well as cooled CCD cameras of G2, G3 and G4 series are used in numerous setups, which control computer works under Linux operating system. Using of Gx cameras with this operating system requires driver for camera USB interface, newly available for download from this www server. (more...)
Updated G2/G3/G4 CCD camera drivers for ASCOM and AstroArt available for download
 New drivers for G2, G3 and G4 cooled CCD cameras for ASCOM standard and for AstroArt software package are available for download. New drivers mainly fix some problems discovered in previous versions. (more...)
Scientific Image Processing System v2.0.2 is available for download
 Another version of the SIPS (Scientific Image Processing System) service release v2.0.2 is available for download. This release adds new driver interfaces and tool windows for focuser and observatory dome controllers. Also new image “chessboard filter”, designed to ease focusing of wide field cameras, was added. And similarly to previous service releases some problems were fixed. The SIPS can be downloaded from download page of this www site. (more...)
Scientific Image Processing System v2.0.1 is available for download
 The SIPS v2 release brought quite significant rework of the software internal architecture, which made the SIPS GUI much more responsive to user actions as well as opened ways for future development and enhancements. But moving of almost all functions to background tasks significantly increased software complexity and also introduced some problems, compromising SIPS stability. We decided not to wait for introduction of new features in SIPS v2.1 to fix these problems, but to release “maintenance” version 2.0.1 with only a few new features, but with numerous problems fixed. The SIPS can be downloaded from download page of this www site. (more...)
Scientific Image Processing System v2.0 is available for download
 We have slightly changed the name of our camera control and image processing software package—software previously known as SIMS (Scientific Image Manipulation System) was renamed to SIPS (Scientific Image Processing System)—with its second major release. The software is basically the same (with numerous enhancements, of course), name was changed only to avoid confusion with another PC application named SIMS, although this particular application has nothing common with science, image processing or CCD cameras. SIPS v2 is available for download from this www site. (more...)
ASCOM drivers for G0/G1 and G2/G3/G4 CCD cameras are available for download
 Drivers for all supplied CCD cameras for ASCOM Platform v5 are available for download from the download section of this web site. These drivers allow all Gx cameras to be controlled from all software packages, supporting ASCOM standard. (more...)
Download new version 1.3 of G2/G3/G4 CCD camera driver for MaxIm DL
 New version 1.3 of G2 revision 3+, G3 and G4 cooled CCD cameras for MaxIm DL is available for download. New drivers version fixes the problem with downloading of image while the camera shutter stays opened, which could occur on some low power personal computers like Intel Atom powered netbooks. (more...)
Updated G2/G3/G4 CCD camera drivers for MaxIm DL and AstroArt available for download
 New drivers for G2 revision 3+, G3 and G4 cooled CCD cameras for MaxIm DL and AstroArt software packages are available for download. New drivers support new camera models (including the latest large-format G4 cameras) and also add some new features. (more...)
SIMS v1.1.7 is available for download
 New version 1.1.7 of camera control and image processing software SIMS (Simple Image Manipulation System) is available for download. This release can keep selected imager and guider camera identifiers during multiple sessions, fixes CCD chip cooling behavior and updates telescope and GPS driver serial line handling. (more...)
SIMS v1.1.6 is available for download
 New version 1.1.6 of camera control and image processing software SIMS (Simple Image Manipulation System) is available for download. The software adds the ability to add stacked images including rotation, enhances support for Celestron telescope mounts and also fixes some bugs. (more...)

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