The Mintron camera can be controlled with the program
mintronctrl, installed currently at the
m5 machine. By simply executing this command (without any arguments), it prints the currently configured gain and exposure time values as well as reports the temperature of the frontend:
m5:~$ mintronctrl gain=4 exp=5 m5:~$
The exposure times can be set with the
mintronctrl --exp n
command, where n is an integer between 0 to 12, from shortest to longest. Note that these are dimensionless numbers, and the scale is roughly logarithmic. The gain value can be altered with
mintronctrl --gain m
where m is an integer between 0 and 8. While in ThAr or Flat mode with the spectrograph, set these values to
mintronctrl --exp 1 --gain 0.
For regular use, i.e. observe normal star fields, use the setup
mintronctrl --exp 4 --gain 4.