A Stony Brook Student’s Guide to Using CCDSoft CCDSoft, and the reader is referred to SBIG’s manual if more information is desired. CCDSoft is a Microsoft Windows-based CCD camera control, data In addition to CCDSoft’s extensive page PDF User’s Manual. I have CCDSoft version 5 with a printed manual. I bought this recently on Astromart but found it duplicates software that I already have (Astroart, Photoshop ).

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CCDSoft is a Microsoft Windows-based CCD camera control, data ccfsoft, image processing and astronomical research application for amateur and professional astronomers. CCDSoft will become the data acquisition tool for your observatory. See below for just a few reasons Integrated Software for Observatory Control CCDSoft is part of an integrated software suite that can observatory control your observatory hardware.

You can enjoy the benefits of integration by your increased productivity in image acquisition and data reduction. Check out ccdsotf discoveries page. Manua Software Bisque has been providing astronomy software for over 20 years, longer than any other company. Our users continuously provide suggestions and ideas for improvement. We strive to continue our tradition of innovation in the astronomical community. Quality Our products have gained world-wide acceptance for many reasons.

We work hard to provide a friendly, intuitive user interface to all our products. Nothing is more demanding than running an all night, unattended script, and CCDSoft has been performing under these conditions for years. In fact, CCDSoft is a core component of a completely automated and unattended satellite image-acquisition observatory at Edward’s Air Force base. All our software has been fundamentally designed with integration in mind and mabual advantage of the latest software technologies to accomplish this.

So whether in the field or at your desk, quick answers to your questions are maanual available. Technical Support Software Bisque’s support team consists of many experienced CCD astronomers who regularly mahual their free time at the telescope. Combined, we have over 50 years of experience CCD imaging on staff. You can be sure to find an answer to your question no matter how simple or difficult.

Additionally, free updates are available hours a day via our Downloads page. A Friendly, Dependable Tool.

If you are an experienced observer, you know the necessity of highly dependable hardware. This applies to your software as well. Nature provides enough obstacles to overcome and you don’t want your software to become another one. CCDSoft was written and tested by experienced observers. Hundreds of hours of testing under actual observing conditions provided the insight for developing the CCDSoft user interface to ensure that you spend your time gathering data instead of fumbling in the dark.


By combining power with ease of use, CCDSoft is charting a new course for astronomical image processing software. At Riverside Telescope Makers Conference one year, we left our computer momentarily unattended and came back to find two year-olds taking CCD images!

You are in control of your CCD camera, and not the other way ’round. Here are a few reasons. When you use an integrated package for acquiring your CCD images, your productivity will increase dramatically.

The benefits of software apply to any telescope system! Ccdoft you are manually pointing your telescope using encoders, or have a fully robotic system, CCDSoft will automatically stamp your FITS images with the important information required cccdsoft scientific processing of the image.

This provides benefits that are almost unfair when compared to ccxsoft software. For example, a recent survey indicates that most people doing accurate astrometry spend on average 20 minutes to determine the coordinates of unknown objects on an image. This level of integration simply cannot be attained by collecting myriad software for observatory control from different vendors.

Case History 1 Amateur Tim Puckett and his supernova search team has discovered 58 supernovas to date. CCDSoft automatically saves files for you.

No typing in file names, observation times, image coordinates, and the like during data acquisition. Human intervention would make this task impossible. This software duo is so well integrated that the telescope slews to the next target satellite while the CCD camera is downloading the previous image to maximize efficiency! Multi-threaded camera kernel perform image processing, for example, while acquiring CCD images. Modeless, “tabbed” camera control window is always available.

The file name of the automatically saved image contains the color channel information. Intuitive control of Autoguider. Continuously autoguide while collecting images take multiple ccssoft – LRGB channels, etc. ccdsfot

Autoguider treated equal to Imager. The software does not impose upon you what can do with the Autoguider as compared to the Imager. All of the Imager’s options are accessible for Autoguiding.

Easily focus the Autoguider. Camera status is always displayed on the Camera Control window and status contains detailed status descriptions. Temperature is always displayed for both the Imager and Autoguider.

All autoguiding functions available to Imager and all Imager functions available to Autoguider. Easily move guide star to any pixel on your CCD. Easily Autoguide with the Imager. Simultaneously autoguide with two cameras! Real-time button for moving telescope! The duration depends on how long you hold down the button. Vector-based autoguiding allows the CCD detector to be oriented at any angle during autoguiding.


Graphically view Autoguider calibration results. Autoguiding is computed based on speeds for all four independent axes North, South, East and West. Use a Filter wheel on Autoguider! In conjunction with TheSky, the telescope’s declination is automatically accounted for when calibrating Autoguider manuao Autoguiding.

In conjunction with TheSky, AutoSave images automatically use the target object’s name as part of the file name. Here are many of the integrated features. The FITS manuzl is automatically saved with the following parameters: Acquired images are automatically saved with object name as part of the file name for example, The telescope’s motorized focuser can be adjusted from within CCDSoft.

Centering objects has never been easier. Differing declinations are automatically accounted for when calibrating and during Autoguiding.

Nanual for research and discovery work. By simply choosing a folder s of FITS images you can perform numerous types of data analysis on the images.

Once added, equatorial coordinates of every pixel in the image is always available. Perform comparative searches by aligning sub-pixel translation and rotation images and blinking them. Minor Planet search function finds moving objects on a series of three or more images, even with extremely faint objects. Supernova search function zooms to galaxies present on the image for further inspection.

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Simply click on the various graphed points to view the corresponding image. The Minor planet position is computed by TheSky. Using the new Color tab in the Camera control window to acquire color images, its easily combine them. The red, green and blue channels manula even acquired at different bin modes than the Luminance channel.

View and edit the FITS file headers. Add or change or delete keyword values.

CCDSoft Version 5 User Guide – Software Bisque

October 16, Please report any problems with this page directly to the Webmaster. Color Tab Intuitive control of Autoguider. New Histogram Window Histogram is now modeless and always available. Spin buttons for quickly changing background and range values.

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Histogram window contains a useful toolbar with buttons for setting the contrast. Apply background and range settings to all images automatically with a click of a button. Apply them during image acquisition or post acquisition. Intuitive tree-control for easy maintenance of Reduction Groups. Reduce a single image or an entire folder of images.

Easily average or median combine bias, dark frame subtract and flat-field images.