CCDs supported under KStars
KStars supports a large number of astronomical instruments provided by the INDI Library. By default, KStars only ships the CCD simulator driver, all other CCD drivers are shipped separately as 3rd party INDI drivers. Binary packages for these drivers are available for several distributions, including Ubuntu. Please check INDI website for download details. All CCD drivers (including webcams) send the image in FITS format, which are then displayed in KStars FITS Viewer tool. Using INDI control panel, you can capture images, set temperature, subframe, binning, and frame type (dark, light, bias..etc). To capture a sequence of images with filter wheel support, please use Ekos capture module included with KStars. The drivers can record in the FITS file the target's equatorial coordinates, filters used, JD, and more metadata. A CCD may be either designated as the primary CCD or a guider CCD in KStars Ekos tool. After an image is displayed in the FITS Viewer tool, you may perform some basic adjustments to the image including low pass and histogram equalization filters. Furthermore, KStars can detect and mark stars given that overall noise within an image is not too high. As with other INDI drivers, you may run a CCD driver either directly or remotely. For remote operations, compression of FITS data is recommended.
The following is a list of CCDs supported under KStars:
|Quantum Scientific Imaging (QSI)||All models||indi_qsi_ccd|
|Santa Barbra Instruments Group (SBIG)||All models||indi_sbig_ccd|
|QHY, Orion||QHY5, Orion Star Shoot Autoguider||indi_qhy_ccd|
|Starlight Xpress||All models, including Loadstar Autoguider.||indi_sx_ccd|
|Apogee||Alta-E & Alta-U||indi_apogeeu_ccd, indi_apogeee_ccd|
|Finger Lakes Instruments||All models||indi_fli_ccd|
|Webcams||Any camera supported by Video4Linux. KStars also support live video feed from webcams.||indi_v4l_generic|
You can either:
- Download the source archive (tar.gz) driver from INDI's Sourceforge site and compile it yourself. This requires libindi development files.
- Search for packages in your distribution software center or package manager.
- If you run Ubuntu, you can download latest drivers directly from Jasem Mutlaq's Personal Package Archive (PPA).
Webmasters: Jasem Mutlaq
Last update: 2014-07-29