Software is used to aquire the digital data from
the CCD camera. The software package used varies with the camera being
used. Often the same software is also used to guide the telescope
during the image exposure.
For planetary and lunar imaging, I use K3CCDTools to aquire
the data from the camera.
For deep sky imaging, I use Canon DSLR software, and SharpCap to control and aquire the data from the Canon camera,
to control guiding as well as to control the filter wheel.
Following data aquisition, we must calibrate,
align and scale the data, known as pre-processing. Software tools are
used to pre-process the data.
For planetary and lunar image processiing, I use Registax 3.
For deep sky image processing, I use DeepSkyStacker
initially for image alignment, calibration and stacking, then RawTherapee for gamma
Once the pre-processing has been completed, there
are then a variety of software packages employed to recombine the
individual L (luminance) and RGB (Red-Green-Blue) data into a final
I use the following software products for this
Picture Window Pro, Paint Shop Pro. Each has
it's strengths and weaknesses, but employing all of these packages has
allowed me to utilize the strengths of each in assembling the final