Software

There are many different types of software for both image acquisition and image processing. I have compiled a detailed list of software in the resources section of this website. 

You will use image acquisition software to control your imaging sequence, dithering, guiding, and even plate solve images on your tracking mount. 

There are devices like ZWO ASIAIR, StellarMate, and Primaluce Labs EAGLE that allow you to control your equipment remotely versus having to go outside to make adjustments. 

Image stacking software handles the important pre-processing stages of your image editing. When you have successfully integrated and calibrated your master file, you can move on to the image processing stage.

Image processing software such as Adobe Photoshop or PixInsight allows you to control every aspect of your image, from star size to color balance and saturation. 

I recommend choosing software that you are comfortable with and that fits your budget. If you are a beginner, choose one that has a lot of online resources to help you through the learning process.

DeepSkyStacker latest version

A screenshot from DeepSkyStacker while pre-processing an image.

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