MPO Connections SBScripter
SBScripter is a special version of MPO Connections that interfaces with Software
Bisques TheSky® and CCDSoft®. All telescope and camera
control operations are setup and handled via the Software Bisque programs with SBScripter
using the MPO Connections scripting engine to coordinate the operation of the programs for
You cannot run MPO Connections and SBScripter at the same time, e.g., one to control
the telescope and the other to control the camera. The scripting engine cannot cross
between two programs and, as with MPO Connections, only one instance can be run on any
given machine at a time to avoid conflicts among cameras and telescopes.
SBScripter6 is used with TheSky version 6. Testing was done with TheSky6, Professional
edition. It should work with the Serious Astronomer version as well for telescope control.
You must also be using the latest version of CCDSoft v.5.
Support for TheSky5 is no longer provided.
Most of the commands available in the Connections command set are available in
SBScripter, the main exception involving guided images. You can use MPO Connections to
perform a search for targets and save the script for use in SBScripter.
For a complete description of the commands, download the MPO Connections manual
Image File Names
SBScripter names files according to the MPO Connections convention and not the one from
CCDSoft. This means that SBScripter uses the base name and directory from the Exposure
Parameters or from the ARG fields in a TakeImage to determine the directory and final file
name for a given image.
As a brief reminder, SBScripter takes the base name, adds the filter if
available and then an increasing sequential number. For example, if the base name
is Ceres and youre using a V filter, the files are named
Ceres_V_0001.FIT, Ceres_V_0002.FIT, etc.