Starlight Xpress Driver

  1. Starlight Xpress Drivers

Starlight Instruments provides all kinds of equipment and accessories for telescopes, including digital focusers, micro touch focusing systems, telescope tube adapters plus many other items.

Starlight express camera drivers
  1. Download the Latest Starlight Xpress Drivers Download PHD2 Guiding Software (Compatible with the Lodestar X2) While reading the manual, I was surprised to find out that Starlight Xpress has their own autoguiding software to run their guide camera.
  2. Description Starlight Xpress Lodestar Pro Autoguider The Starlight Xpress Lodestar Pro is a compact guider powered and operated by a single USB2 computer connection. The Lodestar Pro also provides an opto-isolated output connection for direct control of most mounts via their Autoguider sockets.
  3. Raspberry Pi 12MB Color Sensor (external link) Since May 1st 2020 a High Quality camera sensor was released for the Raspberry Pi. This 12 MB sensor is now made available for ASCOM clients via this ASCOM driver which enables applications to make color images of up to 240 seconds duration.

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.

Xpress

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 These plug-ins are no longer actively maintained, but are still available by downloading the Obsolete Camera Driver pack.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.

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.

Diffraction Limited

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

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/

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 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.

Olympus DSLR

Plug-in support via the optional Obsolete Driver pack. Works under Windows XP only. (XP is no longer officially supported)

Opus I

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

Optronics Macrofire

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

Orion Parsec (all models)

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

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 StarShoot Deep-Space I

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

Orion StarShoot Solar System

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

Orion StarShoot Autoguider

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

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/.

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.

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.

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.

Latest Drivers

Starlight

Starlight Xpress Drivers

#110219

I’m curious about the latest drivers. One issue I have had that I have actually seen that surprised me was when I was using ACP/MaxIm and doing a ACP Expert run. If I remember correctly the run had just started and was beginning to start on targets. There will be a pointing image where the main imager takes a short image, plate solves and makes sure it’s on target and the PA is correct for the rotator. At this point it would center as needed and take a guider image and then determine the best star to guide on. But what was happening is the guider image was taken and immediately it would disappear and the program would indicate there were no guide stars visible in the frame when in fact there had been but now the image is closed. And it would repeat this until it was manually interrupted by aborting that operation causing many failures should no one actually see this happening. What I did was disconnect the guide camera and the reconnect and it imaged fine for the rest of the night. It was the only time I had seen this but have no idea what actually caused the issue. It may have happened when I was asleep in other runs where I had multiple failures but can’t say for sure. So in a very long way around, how do I determine the driver version I have installed. In MaxImDl it says I have SX Universal 5.29 but I really have no idea what the latest driver is. Where or what should I be doing to stay up to date. My system controlling the observatory is a Windows 10 Pro 64 bit OS. I have been running this system since 4/20/20 and it has/is running very well short of this instance that I am aware of. Suggestions?

Thanks,

Steve

#110222

The SX driver is found in ‘Device Manager’ and is separate from the MaximDL plug-in 5.29 that you refer to. If you plug in the camera and look at the details of the Universal Serial Bus device ‘Starlight Xpress CCD’, you will see the Driver under one of the tabs. Open this and then go down another level – you should then see the ‘Driver details’ and the ‘File version’. This is the number that defines the version in use – the latest is 1.3.8.0.
Regards,
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Sent: Monday, November 9, 2020 4:32 PM
Subject: [StarlightXpress] Latest Drivers

I’m curious about the latest drivers. One issue I have had that I have actually seen that surprised me was when I was using ACP/MaxIm and doing a ACP Expert run. If I remember correctly the run had just started and was beginning to start on targets. There will be a pointing image where the main imager takes a short image, plate solves and makes sure it’s on target and the PA is correct for the rotator. At this point it would center as needed and take a guider image and then determine the best star to guide on. But what was happening is the guider image was taken and immediately it would disappear and the program would indicate there were no guide stars visible in the frame when in fact there had been but now the image is closed. And it would repeat this until it was manually interrupted by aborting that operation causing many failures should no one actually see this happening. What I did was disconnect the guide camera and the reconnect and it imaged fine for the rest of the night. It was the only time I had seen this but have no idea what actually caused the issue. It may have happened when I was asleep in other runs where I had multiple failures but can’t say for sure. So in a very long way around, how do I determine the driver version I have installed. In MaxImDl it says I have SX Universal 5.29 but I really have no idea what the latest driver is. Where or what should I be doing to stay up to date. My system controlling the observatory is a Windows 10 Pro 64 bit OS. I have been running this system since 4/20/20 and it has/is running very well short of this instance that I am aware of. Suggestions?

Thanks,

Steve

#110223

Thanks Terry but my driver version seems to be 1.3.8.3……..

-Steve

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From: [email protected] <[email protected]> On Behalf Of Terry Platt
Sent: Monday, November 9, 2020 12:33 PM
To: [email protected]
Subject: Re: [StarlightXpress] Latest Drivers

The SX driver is found in ‘Device Manager’ and is separate from the MaximDL plug-in 5.29 that you refer to. If you plug in the camera and look at the details of the Universal Serial Bus device ‘Starlight Xpress CCD’, you will see the Driver under one of the tabs. Open this and then go down another level – you should then see the ‘Driver details’ and the ‘File version’. This is the number that defines the version in use – the latest is 1.3.8.0.

Regards,

Sent: Monday, November 9, 2020 4:32 PM

Subject: [StarlightXpress] Latest Drivers

I’m curious about the latest drivers. One issue I have had that I have actually seen that surprised me was when I was using ACP/MaxIm and doing a ACP Expert run. If I remember correctly the run had just started and was beginning to start on targets. There will be a pointing image where the main imager takes a short image, plate solves and makes sure it’s on target and the PA is correct for the rotator. At this point it would center as needed and take a guider image and then determine the best star to guide on. But what was happening is the guider image was taken and immediately it would disappear and the program would indicate there were no guide stars visible in the frame when in fact there had been but now the image is closed. And it would repeat this until it was manually interrupted by aborting that operation causing many failures should no one actually see this happening. What I did was disconnect the guide camera and the reconnect and it imaged fine for the rest of the night. It was the only time I had seen this but have no idea what actually caused the issue. It may have happened when I was asleep in other runs where I had multiple failures but can’t say for sure. So in a very long way around, how do I determine the driver version I have installed. In MaxImDl it says I have SX Universal 5.29 but I really have no idea what the latest driver is. Where or what should I be doing to stay up to date. My system controlling the observatory is a Windows 10 Pro 64 bit OS. I have been running this system since 4/20/20 and it has/is running very well short of this instance that I am aware of. Suggestions?

Thanks,

Steve

#110225

That driver was on the site for a short time, but it was replaced by 1.3.8.0 after I became suspicious that it might be unstable. It’s probably worthwhile uninstalling 1.3.8.3 and replacing it with 1.3.8.0.
Regards,
toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
Sent: Tuesday, November 10, 2020 1:10 AM
Subject: Re: [StarlightXpress] Latest Drivers

Thanks Terry but my driver version seems to be 1.3.8.3……..

-Steve

From: [email protected]tarlightXpress.groups.io <[email protected]> On Behalf Of Terry Platt
Sent: Monday, November 9, 2020 12:33 PM
To: [email protected]
Subject: Re: [StarlightXpress] Latest Drivers

The SX driver is found in ‘Device Manager’ and is separate from the MaximDL plug-in 5.29 that you refer to. If you plug in the camera and look at the details of the Universal Serial Bus device ‘Starlight Xpress CCD’, you will see the Driver under one of the tabs. Open this and then go down another level – you should then see the ‘Driver details’ and the ‘File version’. This is the number that defines the version in use – the latest is 1.3.8.0.

Regards,

Sent: Monday, November 9, 2020 4:32 PM

Subject: [StarlightXpress] Latest Drivers

I’m curious about the latest drivers. One issue I have had that I have actually seen that surprised me was when I was using ACP/MaxIm and doing a ACP Expert run. If I remember correctly the run had just started and was beginning to start on targets. There will be a pointing image where the main imager takes a short image, plate solves and makes sure it’s on target and the PA is correct for the rotator. At this point it would center as needed and take a guider image and then determine the best star to guide on. But what was happening is the guider image was taken and immediately it would disappear and the program would indicate there were no guide stars visible in the frame when in fact there had been but now the image is closed. And it would repeat this until it was manually interrupted by aborting that operation causing many failures should no one actually see this happening. What I did was disconnect the guide camera and the reconnect and it imaged fine for the rest of the night. It was the only time I had seen this but have no idea what actually caused the issue. It may have happened when I was asleep in other runs where I had multiple failures but can’t say for sure. So in a very long way around, how do I determine the driver version I have installed. In MaxImDl it says I have SX Universal 5.29 but I really have no idea what the latest driver is. Where or what should I be doing to stay up to date. My system controlling the observatory is a Windows 10 Pro 64 bit OS. I have been running this system since 4/20/20 and it has/is running very well short of this instance that I am aware of. Suggestions?

Thanks,

Steve

#110227

Thanks Terry,

I may try this tomorrow as the system is in standby for tonight unless the weather takes me out. Which way is suggested to uninstall the driver? I can uninstall through Device Manager and reinstall I guess. Can’t say I’ve done that before. Of course the camera needs to be disconnected in MaxIm and I guess I should have MaxIm closed as well. Most times I’m simply updating the drivers which does both in one operation.

-Steve

toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
From: [email protected] <[email protected]> On Behalf Of Terry Platt
Sent: Tuesday, November 10, 2020 3:39 AM
To: [email protected]
Subject: Re: [StarlightXpress] Latest Drivers

That driver was on the site for a short time, but it was replaced by 1.3.8.0 after I became suspicious that it might be unstable. It’s probably worthwhile uninstalling 1.3.8.3 and replacing it with 1.3.8.0.

Regards,

Sent: Tuesday, November 10, 2020 1:10 AM

Subject: Re: [StarlightXpress] Latest Drivers

Thanks Terry but my driver version seems to be 1.3.8.3……..

-Steve

From:[email protected] <[email protected]> On Behalf Of Terry Platt
Sent: Monday, November 9, 2020 12:33 PM
To:[email protected]
Subject: Re: [StarlightXpress] Latest Drivers

The SX driver is found in ‘Device Manager’ and is separate from the MaximDL plug-in 5.29 that you refer to. If you plug in the camera and look at the details of the Universal Serial Bus device ‘Starlight Xpress CCD’, you will see the Driver under one of the tabs. Open this and then go down another level – you should then see the ‘Driver details’ and the ‘File version’. This is the number that defines the version in use – the latest is 1.3.8.0.

Regards,

Sent: Monday, November 9, 2020 4:32 PM

Subject: [StarlightXpress] Latest Drivers

I’m curious about the latest drivers. One issue I have had that I have actually seen that surprised me was when I was using ACP/MaxIm and doing a ACP Expert run. If I remember correctly the run had just started and was beginning to start on targets. There will be a pointing image where the main imager takes a short image, plate solves and makes sure it’s on target and the PA is correct for the rotator. At this point it would center as needed and take a guider image and then determine the best star to guide on. But what was happening is the guider image was taken and immediately it would disappear and the program would indicate there were no guide stars visible in the frame when in fact there had been but now the image is closed. And it would repeat this until it was manually interrupted by aborting that operation causing many failures should no one actually see this happening. What I did was disconnect the guide camera and the reconnect and it imaged fine for the rest of the night. It was the only time I had seen this but have no idea what actually caused the issue. It may have happened when I was asleep in other runs where I had multiple failures but can’t say for sure. So in a very long way around, how do I determine the driver version I have installed. In MaxImDl it says I have SX Universal 5.29 but I really have no idea what the latest driver is. Where or what should I be doing to stay up to date. My system controlling the observatory is a Windows 10 Pro 64 bit OS. I have been running this system since 4/20/20 and it has/is running very well short of this instance that I am aware of. Suggestions?

Thanks,

Steve

#110228

Generally speaking, just updating the driver will work, but Windows may object to loading an older driver over the new one. If you hit a problem, go the the Windows Control Panel and select ‘Software and Features’. You will find the current driver at the bottom of the list under ‘Windows Driver Package’ and you can get Windows to uninstall it.
Regards,
toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
Sent: Tuesday, November 10, 2020 10:57 PM
Subject: Re: [StarlightXpress] Latest Drivers

Thanks Terry,

I may try this tomorrow as the system is in standby for tonight unless the weather takes me out. Which way is suggested to uninstall the driver? I can uninstall through Device Manager and reinstall I guess. Can’t say I’ve done that before. Of course the camera needs to be disconnected in MaxIm and I guess I should have MaxIm closed as well. Most times I’m simply updating the drivers which does both in one operation.

-Steve

From: [email protected] <[email protected]> On Behalf Of Terry Platt
Sent: Tuesday, November 10, 2020 3:39 AM
To: [email protected]
Subject: Re: [StarlightXpress] Latest Drivers

That driver was on the site for a short time, but it was replaced by 1.3.8.0 after I became suspicious that it might be unstable. It’s probably worthwhile uninstalling 1.3.8.3 and replacing it with 1.3.8.0.

Regards,

Sent: Tuesday, November 10, 2020 1:10 AM

Subject: Re: [StarlightXpress] Latest Drivers

Thanks Terry but my driver version seems to be 1.3.8.3……..

-Steve

From: [email protected] <[email protected]> On Behalf Of Terry Platt
Sent: Monday, November 9, 2020 12:33 PM
To: [email protected]
Subject: Re: [StarlightXpress] Latest Drivers

The SX driver is found in ‘Device Manager’ and is separate from the MaximDL plug-in 5.29 that you refer to. If you plug in the camera and look at the details of the Universal Serial Bus device ‘Starlight Xpress CCD’, you will see the Driver under one of the tabs. Open this and then go down another level – you should then see the ‘Driver details’ and the ‘File version’. This is the number that defines the version in use – the latest is 1.3.8.0.

Regards,

Sent: Monday, November 9, 2020 4:32 PM

Subject: [StarlightXpress] Latest Drivers

I’m curious about the latest drivers. One issue I have had that I have actually seen that surprised me was when I was using ACP/MaxIm and doing a ACP Expert run. If I remember correctly the run had just started and was beginning to start on targets. There will be a pointing image where the main imager takes a short image, plate solves and makes sure it’s on target and the PA is correct for the rotator. At this point it would center as needed and take a guider image and then determine the best star to guide on. But what was happening is the guider image was taken and immediately it would disappear and the program would indicate there were no guide stars visible in the frame when in fact there had been but now the image is closed. And it would repeat this until it was manually interrupted by aborting that operation causing many failures should no one actually see this happening. What I did was disconnect the guide camera and the reconnect and it imaged fine for the rest of the night. It was the only time I had seen this but have no idea what actually caused the issue. It may have happened when I was asleep in other runs where I had multiple failures but can’t say for sure. So in a very long way around, how do I determine the driver version I have installed. In MaxImDl it says I have SX Universal 5.29 but I really have no idea what the latest driver is. Where or what should I be doing to stay up to date. My system controlling the observatory is a Windows 10 Pro 64 bit OS. I have been running this system since 4/20/20 and it has/is running very well short of this instance that I am aware of. Suggestions?

Thanks,

Steve