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Offline swashy

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Astrophotography Software Links
« on: 18:37:55, 19 August, 2007 »
Online Astrophotography Software

Below you will find useful links to software downloads for the most common astro-imaging software and programmes, many of which are freeware, demo limited or available for a donation to the authors

I will add new links to this list over time, so If you have found a nice bit of software which helps with your astro imaging, let me know so that it can be shared with all our members.


Webcam & CCD Image Capture Programmes/Utilities

A powerful, but simple to use capture and processing application for a wide range of astronomy CCD cameras, and images from just about anything can be processed (support for FITS, PNG, TIFF, JPEG, CR2/CRW, etc)

Craterlet is a capture application for the Orion StarShoot Solar System imager and web cameras compatible with DirectX (DirectShow) and WDM (e.g., the ToUcam, Vesta, etc).  It provides streaming to AVI and still capture

WX Astro Capture
A superb image capture that supports LX SC modified webcams and Artemis astro cameras

Atik & Artemis Software
Capture software for Atik and Artemis Cameras with Atik USB filter wheel support and an automatic sequencer for unattended imaging sessions

K3 CCD Tools
A powerful image capture and processing programme that supports LX SC modified webcams

Astro Snap
Simple image acquisition programme with LX modified webcam support

Web Cam Control Software - provides an easy interface for web cam controls - allows to save and load settings

Virtual Dub
Video capture and manipulation for webcams

CCD Calc
Preview image framing and object sizes on your CCD chip


Stacking, Registration and Processing Software

AviStack is a freeware tool that registers, stacks and processes AVIs and image sequences- works with Windows, Linux and Mac

The most popular planetary alignment and stacking software

Deep Sky Stacker
Excellent and free software for combining multiple deep sky images in a variety of formats including RAW

Astro Stack
Working Demo of this Image stacking and processing software

Pix Insight
Limited edition freeware available of this superb astro image processing programme

Gimp Photo Editor
Freeware image editing software with all the power of Photoshop but none of the expense

Astronomical images processing software

A superb piece of software designed specifically for combining multiple star-trail images to create those images that we all love

Autostitch is a fully automatic multiple image stitcher, capable of stitching full view panoramas without any user input whatsoever - pefect for those lunar mosaics


Web Camera Driver Software

ToUcam Drivers
Win XP drivers for a ToUcam PCVC740K and PCVC840K

Quickcam Driver
Quickcam driver for the QC3K - later drivers only give partial setting control - this one gives the full control set


Focuser Control Software/Utilities

Shoestring Focus
Motorized focuser control via your PC

Hartmann Focusing mask generator
Produce a Hartmann Mask template to your own parameters to help build your own mask

Bahtinov Focusing Mask Generator
Produce a Bahtinov Mask template to your own parameters to help build your own mask

A free vector-based graphics package to use with the Bahtinov mask generator above


Digital SLR Software

DSLR Control
Simple software to give control of all DSLR settings via your PC

DSLR Shutter
DSLR Shutter is designed to be a simple tool to capture long-exposure images from digital SLR cameras using their "bulb" setting in combination with a serial control cable

Astro Photography Tool
Astro Photography Tool is designed specifically for Canon DSLR users for astrophotography


Guiding Software

PHD Guiding
Powerful yet simple intelligent software for auto-guiding of your telescope mount

Guide Dog
Webcam based autoguiding software


Alignment Assistance Programmes

WCS Align
This program helps you to polar align your mount using the drift alignment method with a CCD or webcam

Polar Finder
Simple polar alignment programme which displays the position of polaris in relation to the north celestial pole over the next 4 hours - great for those times when you can't see Kochab
-be sure to download the .bmp file into the same folder as the programme to make it run

Al's Reticle - zip download
An excellent little programme which gives you a floating on screen reticle, which you can place over on-screen camera feeds to use for drift alignment or centering uses.  The reticle image can be adjusted for transparency/brightness and also rotated to suit your needs

Glass 2K
Glass2k is a small program that allows Windows 2000/XP users to make any window transparent, usefull for aligning your imager with previously taken exposures


Photoshop Plugins

Astro Plugins
A selection of PS Plugins including a Star Rounder, Artificial Flat, and Star Repair routines


Software for Maxim & CCDSoft users

Focus Max
Automated focusing with Maxim and CCDSoft

Refine your polar alignment with Maxim and CCDSoft

Maxim Plugins
John Winfields Maxim plugins



FITS Liberator
Open FITS files directly in Photoshop

Multiple image mosaic creation software

Periodic Error Analysis Software

Lossless AVI video compression codec


Solar Observing

Tilting Sun
This shows the Sun's orientation, poles, equator, rotation direction, prominence position angles and drift direction for any date, time and location

Helio Software
Three comprehensive solar observing programmes for solar activity recording


Please report any broken links you find

Thanks everyone for the help with the software links, if you have something you think may be of interest to other users, please let me know via PM




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Offline federer

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Re: Astrophotography Software Links
« Reply #1 on: 08:37:49, 13 November, 2008 »
Hi all..may i know what is image processing?

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Re: Astrophotography Software Links
« Reply #2 on: 14:07:23, 13 November, 2008 »
Welcome to UKAI.

While a quick perusal of any of the topics here or a quick look at any of the posted links would have more than answered your question, here's a quick answer...

Image processing is the way we take a series of raw images from a camera and pass them through various stages of processing to get the most out of the raw data that was captured. This processing takes a large number of forms, and I really suggest a look at some of these posted links... they explain it much more eloquently than I can.


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Re: Astrophotography Software Links
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Offline randwolfe

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Re: Astrophotography Software Links
« Reply #4 on: 18:37:04, 13 October, 2011 »
Really appreciate the software list and links.  I think I have two worthy additions:

SharpCap (, a nice relatively new capture software package for webcams.
Stellar Magic (, an astronomical image processing software.

I am currently starting to explore both packages.
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NexStar 8SE, NexImage Planetary Imager, Cartes de Ciel, Virtual Moon Atlas, NexRemote, SharpCap, AviStack, Stellar Magic, GIMP


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