Camera and Autoguider Setup

The table below lists the drivers that are included with the current release of MaxIm DL, as well as some drivers available from third-party sources. Additional third party drivers may be available but not listed; please consult the equipment manufacturer for more information.

Third-party plug-in drivers are normally installed by placing their files in the MaxIm DL program installation directory and then restarting MaxIm DL. The manufacturer may provide an installation program for adding the files to MaxIm DL. Please refer to the documentation included with the driver for additional installation and setup information. Also please note Diffraction Limited cannot provide technical support for third-party plug-ins.

Some plug-in drivers have been declared obsolete since the devices in question are no longer manufactured. These plug-ins are no longer actively maintained, but are still available by downloading the Obsolete Camera Driver pack. Please note that support for ISA bus and parallel port interface devices has been discontinued.

Depending on the software level you purchased, you may only be able to run some of the listed cameras. Please see Product Levels for more information.

If you wish to write your own driver, you can use the ASCOM Standard camera interface, or request our native MaxIm DL API through technical support (use Help menu Technical Support).

If you encounter problems with camera equipment, please contact the manufacturer for assistance.  Also please review the Camera Troubleshooting section.

Camera Model

Installation

Select in MaxIm DL

ASCOM compliant cameras

ASCOM Platform and any drivers supplied with the camera must be installed. See manufacturer's instructions for more information.

ASCOM

Andor Technology

Plug-in is included. Manufacturer's drivers must be installed; see http://www.andor.com/

Andor Tech for all models.

Apogee Instruments

Plug-in is included (provided by manufacturer). Manufacturer's drivers must be installed; see http://www.ccd.com/.

Apogee AP, KX, and SPH are supported via the optional Obsolete Driver pack.

Apogee Alta for Alta cameras

Atik

All drivers are supplied by the manufacturer; see http://www.atik-cameras.com/

For Atik-16 consult manufacturer's instructions. For 8-bit cameras use Video DS driver.

Canon EOS

Plug-in is included. Manufacturer's drivers must be installed.

Canon EOS II  (Canon EOS 1 for older models)

Celestron Nightscape

Plug-in is included. Drivers are installed automatically from Windows Update. Also on AstroFX CD-ROM.

Celestron

Diffraction Limited

Plug-in and drivers are included. Low-level drivers are installed automatically from Windows Update.

DL Imaging

DTA

All drivers are supplied by the manufacturer; see http://www.digitaltechnologyart.com/.

Consult manufacturer's instructions.

Fishcamp Engineering Starfish

All drivers are supplied by the manufacturer; see http://www.fishcamp.com/support.html.

Consult manufacturer's instructions.

Finger Lakes Instrumentation

All drivers are supplied by the manufacturer; see http://www.flicamera.com.

Consult manufacturer's instructions.

Lumenera

Plug-in is included. Manufacturer's drivers must be installed; see http://lumenera.com/

Lumenera

Meade DSI series (all models)

Plug-in support via the optional Obsolete Driver pack. Drivers are supplied by the manufacturer; see http://meade.com/.

Meade DSI

Meade LPI

Plug-in support via the optional Obsolete Driver pack. Drivers are supplied by the manufacturer; see http://meade.com/. (The LPI can also be operated as a webcam through the Video DirectShow driver.)

Meade LPI or Video DS

Meade 208XT, 216XT, 416XT

Plug-in support via the optional Obsolete Driver pack.

 

Nikon DSLR

Plug-in is included. Manufacturer's drivers must be installed.

Nikon DSLR

Olympus DSLR

Plug-in support via the optional Obsolete Driver pack.  Works under Windows XP only.

Olympus DSLR

Opus I

Plug-in is included. Manufacturer's drivers must be installed.

Opus I

Optronics Macrofire

Plug-in is included. Manufacturer's drivers must be installed; see http://www.optronics.com/

Optronics

Orion Parsec (all models)

Plug-in support via the optional Obsolete Driver pack. Also requires driver from http://ftdichip.com/Drivers/D2XX.htm

Orion Parsec

Orion StarShoot G3

All drivers are supplied by the manufacturer; see http://telescope.com/.

Consult manufacturer's instructions.

Orion StarShoot Deep-Space II, Pro and Mono III

Plug-in support via the optional Obsolete Driver pack. Drivers are supplied by the manufacturer; see http://telescope.com/.

Orion SSDSI

Orion StarShoot Deep-Space I

Plug-in support via the optional Obsolete Driver pack. Drivers are supplied by the manufacturer; see http://telescope.com/.

Orion SSDSI-1

Orion StarShoot Solar System

Drivers are supplied by the manufacturer; see http://telescope.com/.

Video DirectShow

Orion StarShoot Autoguider

Plug-in is included. Drivers are supplied by the manufacturer; see http://telescope.com/.

SS Autoguider

QHY

All drivers are supplied by the manufacturer; see http://telescope.com/.

Consult manufacturer's instructions.

Quantum Scientific Imaging

All drivers are supplied by the manufacturer; see http://qsimaging.com/.

QSI Universal

Roper (Princeton and Photometrics models)

Plug-in is included. Roper cameras are supported using the Roper PVCam software, provided with the camera. This software must be installed and configured before you can link to the camera.

Roper PVCAM

SBIG

Plug-in is included. SBIG provides drivers for all cameras that are currently in production, except for the special-purpose SG-4 and AllSky cameras. For Aluma series cameras (3rd Generation drivers) the drivers are available on the supplied memory stick or by download from the product page.

For 2nd Generation driver cameras such as STX, STXL, STT, STI, and STF, the SBIGDriverChecker supplied with the camera, is used to install and update the drivers. It includes a built-in download facility. If you do not have this installed, you can fetch it from ftp://ftp.sbig.com/pub/SetupDriverChecker.exe.

For 3rd Generation driver cameras such as Aluma, the DL Imaging drivers are installed with MaxIm DL and updates can be downloaded from our web site. The low-level drivers are installed automatically via Windows Update.

Obsolete serial port cameras including the ST-4, ST-5, ST-6 and STV are supported via the optional Obsolete Driver pack.

DL Imaging for Aluma series USB and WiFi cameras.

SBIG Universal for all other USB and Ethernet cameras.

SBIG w/AO when using an AO tip/tilt guider option.

SACImaging

8-bit cameras are supported via Video DS. The 16-bit SAC10 is supported via the optional Obsolete Driver pack.

Video DS for 8-bit SAC cameras that support DirectShow capture.

Sigma

Drivers are available from the manufacturer at http://www.nova-ccd.de/

Consult manufacturer's instructions.

Simulator

Useful for testing purposes, this selection emulates the operation of a camera. No drivers are required.

Simulator

Starlight Xpress

Plug-in is included (provided by manufacturer), but an updated version may be available directly from the manufacturer; see http://www.sxccd.com/.

The Obsolete Driver pack includes "native" drivers for most of the older USB 1.1 cameras; however we recommend updating the firmware and using SX Universal instead.

SX Universal including AO support.

 

Video DirectShow

Plug-in is included. Video sources such as webcams, VIVO video cards, frame grabbers, and FireWire inputs are supported using this interface. Manufacturer's drivers must be installed.

Video DS