The SSM is available

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The SSM is available

Post by fjabet » Wed Apr 15, 2015 7:09 am

Hoping that I can still make an announcement here, I'm proud to announce the general availability of the first off the shelves solar seeing monitor !

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The Solar Scintillation Monitor (SSM) is the first daylight seeing analysis system for the amateur solar observer and imager. Based upon scientific papers (Beckers/Seykora/Roddier), this device allows to determine instantaneously the seeing value in ArcSec at his specific location by daylight for solar observation and imaging.

The SSM has been designed for three main applications:

- Help you to find the best observation site for solar visual observation and imaging. The small handheld form factor makes it very easy to bring to potential locations for a quick survey.
- Determine the best seeing time for a given observation location. Used with its data acquisition software, you may collect data over the day to see the general seeing evolution over time.
- Directly command image acquisition when used with our application Genika Astro. In that case, Genika Astro connects to the SSM directly and trigs acquisition from the camera when the seeing goes below a predefined threshold. For more information about this topic, please refer to Genika Astro user manual.

The SSM is small and easy to operate. It comes in two editions:

- SSM Standard Edition with a sensor inside the SSM.
- SSM Remote Edition with a separated sensor that can be located next to the entrance pupil of your instrument for a more accurate measure.

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The SSM is a perfect match for our HaT high resolution solar telescope (the largest Ha telescope commercially available up to 280mm), but also for all daylight high resolution applications : White light on the Sun or Venus for example. BUT it doesn't work at night unfortunatly...

More details and references to the papers are in the user manual.
The SSM has been tested thoroughtly by solar imaging specialists like Jean Pierre Brahic and Christian Viladrich.

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Re: The SSM is available

Post by Montana » Wed Apr 15, 2015 11:48 am

Looks very interesting, please could you tell me the cost?

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Post by swisswalter » Wed Apr 15, 2015 7:23 pm

Hi Frédéric

great you are now on the market with the SSM, good luck
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Re: The SSM is available

Post by fjabet » Thu Apr 16, 2015 7:49 am

Thx Walter !

@Alexandra : Outside EU its 225€ ex VAT for the standard edition, 270€ ex VAT for the remote edition.
Within EU its 270€ and 320€ (inc 20% VAT), and 20€ for shipping.

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Re: The SSM is available

Post by p_zetner » Fri Jun 05, 2015 3:17 am

Hi Frederic.

I would love to use the SSM but see that Pt. Grey cameras are not supported by Genika Astro. Will this situation ever change or are there no plans to support PGRs?

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Post by Valery » Fri Jun 05, 2015 7:44 am

p_zetner wrote:Hi Frederic.

I would love to use the SSM but see that Pt. Grey cameras are not supported by Genika Astro. Will this situation ever change or are there no plans to support PGRs?

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If you are in relations with Genika author(s), tell him that he loose many potential customers. I know at least two dozens of users of the PGR cameras, who refuse to buy Genika cause it does not support their trusty PGR cameras. Me included.
I also do not buy the SSM for the same reason. It will be nice if you will ask the author of the FireCapture software to make it compatible with SSM so, that SSM will pull the trigger of the recording once the seeing is OK.

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Re: The SSM is available

Post by fjabet » Fri Jun 05, 2015 10:10 am

I'm the author of Genika actually :)
I may add back PGR at some stage this year, expecting the SDK to be much better than 3 years ago...
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Post by Valery » Fri Jun 05, 2015 10:58 am

fjabet wrote:I'm the author of Genika actually :)
I may add back PGR at some stage this year, expecting the SDK to be much better than 3 years ago...
Hah! Do it, Fred! We all are impatiently waiting for such an option for the Genika software.
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Re: The SSM is available

Post by p_zetner » Fri Jun 05, 2015 2:04 pm

fjabet wrote:I'm the author of Genika actually :)
I may add back PGR at some stage this year, expecting the SDK to be much better than 3 years ago...
That would be great! Apparently, you would have, at least, two new customers, myself and Valery, for the SSM and Genika.

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Re: The SSM is available

Post by marktownley » Fri Jun 05, 2015 5:20 pm

make that a 3rd ;)
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Post by Valery » Fri Jun 05, 2015 9:28 pm

marktownley wrote:make that a 3rd ;)
Alexandra - 4

Valtori (probably) - 5

Bob Yoesly (probably) - 6

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Re: The SSM is available

Post by Montana » Sat Jun 06, 2015 4:43 pm

I think we have a petition going :hamster:

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Post by OTangen » Sat Jun 06, 2015 5:29 pm

Me too!

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Post by Valery » Mon Jun 08, 2015 3:24 am

We need to share the rumors about this SSM and this petition among all our solar imaging friends!


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Re: The SSM is available

Post by Valtori » Mon Jun 08, 2015 6:16 am

Hi All,

I confirm my participation in this action! :)

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Post by pedro » Mon Jun 08, 2015 9:48 am

I'm also interested. I own two PGR cameras

GRASSHOPPER 3 2.8 MP MONO (GS3-U3-28S5M-C)
BLACKFLY 2.3 MP Mono GigE PoE (BFLY-PGE-23S6M-C)

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Re: The SSM is available

Post by pedro » Mon Jun 08, 2015 9:55 am

I have a question. The SSM can be operated as a stand alone programme, without the Genika soft?

I always use firecapture with all my cameras (PGR and DMK).

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Post by marktownley » Mon Jun 08, 2015 11:59 am

Yes Fred, can't you implement it so that the SSM software works in conjunction with firecapture, that way avoiding the troublesome PGR SDK?
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Post by solarchat » Mon Jun 08, 2015 12:23 pm

Fred,

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Re: The SSM is available

Post by KMH » Tue Jun 09, 2015 7:03 pm

+1 for SSM use with PGR/FireCapture.

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Re: The SSM is available

Post by fjabet » Wed Jul 08, 2015 1:11 pm

I don't want to support FC. Genika PGR support is now coded and passing in beta test for USB. I did the GigE as well but I have no camera to test it.
And I can now confirm what my wife told me about PGR SDK : it is absolutly archaic :)
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Post by Montana » Wed Jul 08, 2015 1:59 pm

That's fantastic, I can't wait to try it with my Grasshopper :)

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Re: The SSM is available

Post by Valtori » Wed Jul 08, 2015 2:05 pm

Very good news!

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Re: The SSM is available

Post by pedro » Wed Jul 08, 2015 2:57 pm

I agree, great news. I bought the SSM and I will try it soon with the Genika soft

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Re: The SSM is available

Post by marktownley » Sun Jul 12, 2015 8:45 am

Get the software compatible with my PGR Blackfly GigE IMX249 camera and consider yourself another customer both for the software and also the SSM. I'm happy to beta test too if that helps :)
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