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Camera problems
« on: March 26, 2014, 07:34:07 AM »
Hello everyone, I'm seeking some help with a problem I have going on.
I have a Celestron microscope set up as an origin finder on my router and I'm trying to you Klause's plugin, but having issues.

First of all. The microscope that I bought was secondhand and didn't come with any disc. I downloaded the correct driver and managed to get it to work. I'm extremely happy with the image that the microscope puts out.
I have configured the plugin with offset numbers and colours etc. This all seemed to work ok.
The problem starts with jogging while the video screen is open. I'm using the keyboard to jog the machine, but I get extremely erratic movements which don't make sense. Some times there is no jogging at all when a button is pressed and other times it jogs way more than it should. This also happens when using the MPG callout.
The next issue comes when I ask it to move the offset. It moves part way and then stalls the motors. This doesn't always happen the same amount, sometimes it works ok and sometimes it doesn't work at all.
I found that I was using V2.12, so I updated it to the current version. This made no change to the operation.

So in frustration I disabled Klause's plugin and opened the video screen that comes with Mach3 and while using this screen, the machine jogs perfectly. I don't see anywhere I can add an offset to this window, so I have been manually typing the offset figures into the DRO's and pressing GOTO Z. This works perfectly but is not really what I'm wanting.

I found this topic http://www.machsupport.com/forum/index.php/topic,11119.20.html where Greolt described exactly what I'm experiencing in reply #20 > #31.

Can anyone help me with suggestions of a work around for getting the system to work for me while using the Mach3 video screen?
Is there a way to add some camera operation buttons to the main screen? This would make it easier to operate the camera.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. :)
« Last Edit: March 26, 2014, 07:37:54 AM by ozymax »
Re: Camera problems
« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2014, 05:54:25 AM »
Which source did you download the drivers 
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Re: Camera problems
« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2014, 06:08:27 AM »
We dowloaded them from the Celestron support page under downloads/drivers etc.

http://www.celestron.com/c3/support3/index.php?_m=downloads&_a=view&parentcategoryid=5&pcid=0&nav=0

There are a few drivers listed that, from the description, could be the driver so we downloaded them all and found the one that worked.
The microscope works fine except when using klause's plugin.
Re: Camera problems
« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2014, 06:53:57 AM »
Does changing the framerate to 200 make any difference? To set framerate: Dialog Settings -> slider Framerate on the upper riht Corner



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Re: Camera problems
« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2014, 07:50:26 AM »
Does changing the framerate to 200 make any difference? To set framerate: Dialog Settings -> slider Framerate on the upper riht Corner



Klaus
I have taken the framerate from one extreme to the other with no change.
In saying that I don't know if I restarted Mach3 after I changed that setting. Would that be needed to save a setting?
I will try that tomorrow to make sure.
I really would like to sort this out, as your pluging is perfect for what I want to do.
Re: Camera problems
« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2014, 02:56:19 AM »
after changing the framerate, you don't have to restart.

Klaus
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Re: Camera problems
« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2014, 03:32:58 AM »
I have used Klaus' video plugin since it first arrived.  Love it.

However I have always had that problem.  Consequently I don't jog with the keyboard whilst using the video plugin. At least not when unpredictable movement will be undesirable. (Most of the time)

Have a USB pendant which does not seem to exhibit the problem the keyboard does.

So I will be following this thread to see if you find a solution.

Greolt
Re: Camera problems
« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2014, 03:48:21 AM »
Have a USB pendant which does not seem to exhibit the problem the keyboard does.

Greolt

I was hoping that you found a solution and I could learn from it. :-\

So from what you're saying, you can use your pendant and it jogs as it should. What about when you apply the tool offset, do the motors exibit any stalling as mine do?

I tryied re-arranging my USB plug positions for my keyboard etc, as that was suggested in the other topic that I linked to. There was no change to the operation of the plugin.

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Re: Camera problems
« Reply #8 on: April 01, 2014, 07:15:04 AM »

So from what you're saying, you can use your pendant and it jogs as it should. What about when you apply the tool offset, do the motors exibit any stalling as mine do?


Keyboard is like a simple switch.  Press and it jogs.  Release and it stops.  (or it should)

My pendant has a different jogging action. Same jogging control as a "Shuttle Pro"

I never use tool offsets.  That is what my CAM program is for. :)

Greolt
Re: Camera problems
« Reply #9 on: April 14, 2014, 04:12:39 PM »
Hi ozymax,

I made some changes on the camera plugin. If you could give me your email adrress (perhaps per PN) I'd send you that Version for testing.


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