Meade DSI and Mac OSX
Posted 20 March 2005 - 08:28 AM
I have had a bit of a problem getting info on the internal parts of the DSI as I dont have one yet so I went up into the CCD forum and put a post up asking for info and I got what I needed to start, thanks to Denis T who lead me to the info I needed, after doing some tracking and research I found out that the Sony ICX404AK CCD which is in the DSI is a common CCD used in surveillance cameras and certain types of webcams , I am now looking for surveillance cameras and higher end webcams containing the ICX404AK CCD or the other ICX series CCDs, after going through the spec sheets I now have some reservations on the output of heat generated buy this CCD, I understand what Meades idea of cooling is and it is good and they wanted to keep the cost down, I have my own idea on cooling this thing and will post my results after everything is done, as for getting the DSI to work on a Mac, I think its just a matter of time now as the research is slowly but surely starting to pay off, I do think some cam maker made a OSX driver for the CCD (or the group the CCD belongs too) and it would be much easier to manipulate their driver to work with the DSI, in many cases you may not even have to touch the driver and it will work as is.
Posted 21 March 2005 - 11:17 AM
Posted 23 March 2005 - 02:52 PM
Seems you know a bit about programming. I am currently learning c++ and want to eventually program small apps for windows. I have recently got a mac and will probably want to do the same for the osx enviroment.
Having read a few articles and installed Xcode it seems that the mac uses objective-C with cocoa for application development. I know you can use c++ with carbon but there does not seem to be as much support available for it.
is learning objective-C easy to grasp comming from a C++ background? How similar are they ?
I want to do things the proper way ie.. obj-C and cocoa but am unsure wether its worth the extra effort...
Posted 24 March 2005 - 07:28 AM
Posted 24 March 2005 - 11:42 AM
From what you say i think it'll be ok to get from c++ to obj-c. Do you know of a resource that'll get you from one to the other ?
Posted 25 March 2005 - 01:02 AM
Posted 25 March 2005 - 03:54 PM
I have ordered ..."Objective-C Pocket Reference" today. Should have it by next week. According to the description its exactly what i need to aid the crossover from c++.
The other book i can borrow from the local library.
Thanks for the suggestions... Much appreciated...
Posted 25 April 2005 - 03:59 PM
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Posted 27 June 2005 - 10:36 AM
I have Tiger, and am waiting for some creative MACsoul to find a way to use the DSI with a Mac. In the meantime I am saving up for a DSLR in case that is the route I must go.
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Posted 29 June 2005 - 11:21 AM
"I don't own one myself. I obviously can't personally experiment with cameras I don't own. Therefore, I have no idea if the camera would work. :-) My program basically
relies on the Quicktime camera interface. This is convenient because it allows me to assume my software will work with tons of different cameras I don't own so long as they conform to quicktime standards. However, I think Meade uses proprietary interfaces with their cameras to intentionally force people to use their software and not anyone else's software.
Ok.. what if all us Mac users pitched in and bought him one to write the code for it. His programming skills are really good, as his AstroImager spplication shows. It would be really cool to have a native OSX driver for the DSI.
Posted 30 June 2005 - 11:08 AM
His programming skills are really good...
But his UI skills, at least in KIS, could use a little polishing.
Posted 07 August 2005 - 10:50 AM
As for the DSI Color try this link to logitech as one of the SAC Color runs this driver and it has a Sony CCD www.logitech.com your looking for OSX or OS9 drivers for QuickCam® Pro 4000
Be aware this is a test, if your DSI is recognized and you get garbage on the screen, this is a good start, it can be modified, I dont have a DSI color, so somebody has to try it out and tell me what happened, as I can look through the driver and see what it is doing and modify it from there to be tested, it may or may not work in Tiger, Panther users can you try this?
Remember we are all testing this, I dont know what the outcome is, and if somebody can steer me to a SAC 8 Mac driver, it would be great
P.S Trying to make a driver from scratch is not easy as the info needed has to be mined, the product makers do not want to have anything to do with you as they stick with the majority and asking them for info goes unheard, that has never stopped me from trying.
Posted 09 August 2005 - 03:29 PM
The Meade DSI uses some fancy techniques. It shuts down all of the electronics during image acquisition,etc. All of these things need to be considered in the driver. I don't hold out much hope for someone randomly getting a driver to work.
I have asked Meade to let me support the DSI but they have said no.
I don't expect to see it work on a Mac.
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