Software

Here’s a list of astronomy software that I’ve encountered.

  • Astrophotography – Acquisition
    • APT – AKA AstroPhotography Tool. Can control Canon, Nikon and CCDs, It has a time-unlimited version that includesmost commonly used features.
    • Backyard EOS – for DSLR camera control, a good value but does have all the bells and whistles of some others.
    • PHD1 PHD2 – guiding software to correct mount errors for longer exposures.
    • digiCamControl – Free camera control for those with Nikon DSLRs.
    • SharpCap 2 – Flexible image capturing software, records in raw, uncompressed files
    • FireCapture – Simple image capturing software that re-sizes video resolution automatically & has auto align & dark frame reduction features
    • Sequence Generator Pro – image capture suite for astrophotography
    • Sofortbild – Free capture control for mac + nikon.
    • DSLR Shutter – Free sequence capture control for Mac/PC + lots of DSLRs. You need a shutter control interface, like this one in order to use this with a nikon however.
    • Nebulosity 3 – $80 capture and processing software for Mac/PC. Supports a bunch of Canon DSLRs and astro cams.
    • Astronomer Control Panel – Remote imaging software.
    • Lin Guider – guiding for Linux
    • sbigControl – relatively cheap sbig camera control program. can drive sbig adaptive optics devices.
    • AstroImager – AstroImager is a powerful, but easy to use image capture application for the astrophotography. (OSX)
    • AstroGuider – AstroGuider is a simple to use guiding application for your telescope mount. It can be calibrated semi-automatically or manually, you do not need to take care about camera orientation or pixel scale. (OSX)
  • Astrophotography – Processing
    • CCD Stack – Stacking software for CCD images
    • DeepSkyStacker – for stacking multiple exposures together into one image.
    • GIMP – post processing/image editing software
    • StarTools – post-processing software written by /u/verylongtimelurker
    • PixInsight – post-processing software
    • Photoshop CS2 – free from Adobe but requires you to make an Adobe ID
    • Registax – planetary video processing/stacking software
    • Autostakkert! 2 – planetary video stacking software
    • Microsoft ICE – mosaic/composite image stitching software
    • PIPP – Planetary imaging pre-processor, good for shaving down file sizes with cropped, stabilized planetary shots
    • iMerge – Used for one-click image stitching with border feathering & Histogram
    • StarStax – used for creating star trail images
    • Lykeos – free planetary stacker (OSx)
    • Winjupos – planetary processing software for derotation/mapping/planetary moon alignment
    • MicroObservatory – A piece of software that is meant to be used to process images from MicroObservatory.org, it’s not really good for much else, but it does a damned good job of teaching people the basics of processing RGB FITS data.
    • MaximDL – Great CCD Camera control software and decent processing power too.
    • CCDOPS – The software that comes with sBig CCD cameras also available separately.
  • Planetarium Software
    • Stellarium – free software that lets you input your coordinates and will show you when objects will be up and at what time. (All)
    • Carte du Ciels – nice free planetarium and telescope control program (Windows)
    • AstroTelescope – AstroTelescope, is a simple planetarium and telescope control application for the astrophotography. (OSX)
  • Imaging Utilities
  • Mount Tools
    • Astrotortilla – calibrate your GoTo tracking mount, GoTo any target with arcsecond accuracy and measure your polar alignment error
    • EQMOD – a suite of open source applications that can provide an alternative to the hand controller
    • PEMPro – periodic error correction, polar alignment and backlash using your CCD Camera or Webcam
    • Gemini Controller Software – For those that use Gemini controlled mounts
  • Observing Tools
    • Astro Planner – for planning/logging/visualizing astrophotography sessions (Windows)

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