Drivers & Software
Comprehensive Software Support
Every QSI scientific camera is accompanied by a collection of software applications and tools that allow you to begin imaging immediately using Microsoft Windows® or Linux platforms. QSI cameras are supported on the Macintosh by 3rd party applications.
QSI provides robust Application Programming Interfaces (API) for both Windows and Linux environments, enabling commercial customers and end users to write their own custom camera control applications.
The installer includes USB Drivers, User Guides and ASCOM support. You will be able to optionally install native plugins for AstroArt during installation. If you received a complimentary code for SGPro with your camera you can download it here.
Download the latest version of the QSI Installer (.zip) v2023.06.16
Windows Microscopy Applications
Plug-in for Micro-Manager
µManager is software for control of microscopes. It works with almost all microscopes, cameras and peripherals on the market, and provides an easy to use interface that lets you run your microscopy-based experiments. Together with ImageJ, μManager provides a comprehensive, widely supported, open source, freely available image acquistion and processing solution.
μManager has a simple and clean user interface which allows you to execute common microscope image acquisition strategies such as time-lapses, multi-channel imaging, z-stacks, and combinations thereof. μManager works with microscopes from all four major manufacturers (Leica, Nikon, Olympus and Zeiss), a wide range of scientific cameras and many peripherals used in microscope imaging, such as stages, filter wheels, shutters, etc.
Learn more about μManager
Notes:There are separate plug-ins for 32 and 64-bit version of µManager. It is important that you download the correct QSI µManager plug-in for the version of µManager installed on your system. Note that it’s possible to install and run the 32-bit version of µManager on a 64-bit sytem so best to confirm which version you are running. Since µManager is a written as a plug-in for ImageJ, launch µManager, then select Help > About ImageJ… The 64-bit version will show that you’re running the 64-bit version of Java.
The plug-in requires that the latest version of “QSI USB Drivers and Software” is installed, which can be found above.
The current released plug-in is compatible with the current posted stable release of µManager (µManager Release 1.4.22). You will need to install version 1.4.22 of µManager, which can be found here.
Sample LabVIEW vi’s
QSI provides sample VI’s for LabVIEW that can be used as a starting point to develop custom LabVIEW applications using the QSI Windows COM API.
Please contact QSI Support for details.
Sample MATLAB code
QSI provides sample code for controlling QSI cameras from within MATLAB.
Windows Astronomy Applications
QSI cameras are supported by all popular astronomy image acquisition and image processing applications.
Plug-in for Astroart
The Astroart plug-in is included with our latest installer. To learn more go to the Astroart website.
Note: Astroart users-
After installing software release 7.2, you must also install the new Astroart plug-in v7.2
Sequence Generator Pro
Sequence Generator Pro from Main Sequence Software provides complete support for the QSI camera line. With it you can create and execute complex imaging sequences and perform fast “frame and focus” routines (with support for fast download and “draggable” sub-frames).
Learn more from the Main Sequence Software website
TheSkyX Professional from Software Bisque
TheSkyX Pro is a camera and observatory control software from Software Bisque. You must be running TheSkyX Professional version 10.1.11 or later. Support for QSI cameras is included.
AstroPhotography Tool (APT)
Support for QSI cameras is included Astro Photography Tool v2.40 or later.
Download a free demo of Astro Photography Tool from the APT website
Note: APT users —
Native QSI camera control is built into Astro Photography Tool version 2.40 or later.
See the Astro Photography Tool web site for addtional details
Support for QSI cameras is included Images Plus Camera Control version 3.8b or later.
Download a demo of Images Plus Camera Control from the Images Plus website
Note: Images Plus users —
QSI camera control is built into Images Plus Camera Control version 3.80b or later. See the Images Plus website for addtional details
QSI cameras are supported in Stark Labs Nebulosity version 1.7.0 and later and Nebulosity 2, version 2.0.5 and later, and Nebulosity 3.
Download the latest version of Nebulosity directly from the Stark Labs website
Note: Nebulosity users —
Support for QSI cameras is built directly into Nebulosity. After installing software release 5.2, you must also install Nebulosity version 2.1.2 or later. Later versions of Nebulosity (e.g. 2.1.11) support additional features on QSI cameras, but are not yet officially released. If you’d like to download a beta version of Nebulosity you can do so from the Stark Labs Pre-Release page.
QSI cameras are supported in PRiSM versions 7.2.9 or later. PRiSM is an integrated software package that incudes telescope control (telescope,filter wheel, focuser), CCD camera control, preprocessing, processing and analyzing astronomical images, and an efficient Skymap tool.
Learn more and download a 60-day free trial directly from the PRiSM website
Apple mac Applications
QSI cameras are supported on Intel-based Macintosh computers by recent versions of TheSkyX Professional for the Macintosh. Please visit the Software Bisque website for complete details.
QSI cameras are supported on Intel-based Macintosh computers by Nebulosity from Stark Labs. Download the latest version of Nebulosity directly from the Stark Labs website
QSEye & QSEye Lite
QSEye and QSEye Lite (free) provide support for image acquisition from QSI cameras. Both the free and paid versions can be downloaded from the Mac App Store. Additional details can be found on the QSEye website
QSI cameras are supported by INDI (Open Astronomy Instrumentation). Read more about INDI and download the free software from the INDI website
QSI cameras are supported on Linux by GoQAT, a free Open Source Linux application designed to operate a QSI camera, autoguider and telescope. Read more about GoQAT and download the latest version directly from the GoQAT website
QSI cameras are supported by INDI (Open Astronomy Instrumentation). Read more about INDI and download the free driver from the INDI website
Custom Application Development
Windows® Custom Application Development
QSI provides both an ASCOM-compatible API (Application Programming Interface) alongside a more traditional C API enabling users to write their own custom camera control applications. The camera control API is an automation component that communicates with the camera device driver and exports a COM automation interface. COM automation provides an interface that allows Microsoft Office, VB, VBA, C++, and other Windows applications to control the camera. Our C API allows you to write your application in any language that can interface with the C language.
Using the Windows COM API with LabVIEW, MATLAB and other applications
The QSI camera control Windows API is an automation component that communicates with the camera device driver and exports a COM automation interface. The COM automation interface allows custom camera control applications to be developed for use with National Instruments LabVIEW, MathWorks MATLAB and any other application that adhere to the Windows COM interface. QSI has sample VI’s for LabVIEW that can be used as a starting point to develop custom LabVIEW applications. Please contact QSI Support for details.
Linux Custom Application Development
QSI provides a camera control C++ API for Linux users. The API provides full camera control and image capture capabilities via the USB interface. The API is implemented as a shared library providing an easy to use camera object that exposes all of the features and capabilities of the camera. It is well suited for both simple scripting, and more sophisticated imaging application development. The QSI Linux API requires Linux kernel version 2.6 or later configured with libusb. The QSI Linux API is distributed in source code form and can be built using the standard GNU configuration and build tools. See the ChangeLog and README files in the archive for additional details.
Download the QSI Linux API (.tar.gz) 1.2mb v7.6.0