Digital Imaging - Resource Library

The following list of books and internet sites with information and programs was compiled from members of the ASEM Digital Imaging SIG, and its friends. This list was compiled to inform and aid both the experienced and the beginner, in finding some of the most beneficial resources and websites on Astro-Photography methods and tools. Given that Astro-Photography is here for the amateur astronomer, this page will always be "under construction". Comments and descriptions are in italics.

BOOKS AND ARTICLES

Books

"A Beginner's Guide to DSLR Astro-Photography", by Jerry Lodriguss

"Astrophotgraphy for the Amateur", by Michael Covington

"The Handbook of Astronomical Image Processing", by Richard Berry and James Burnell

“CCD Astronomy “, by Christian Buil

“The New CCD Astronomy”, Ron Wodaski

“The Art and Science of CCD Astronomy”, by David Ratledge

Articles

"Improving your DSLR Photos" by Jerry Lodriguss, S&T, October 2008

(off the Internet)

REFERENCE INFORMATION

Personal/Informative Websites

(Members and friends of ASEM, who have their own websites and who have provided instruction at ASEM Digital Imaging meetings)

Gregg Ruppel

Jim Melka

https://sites.google.com/a/asemonline.org/melka/

Will Day

www.wsday.com/astrophotos

Dan Crowson

DSLR Cameras and CCD Imaging

(Those below have books and products to sell along with sharing information)

Jerry Lodriguss

Author and active DSLR Astro-Photographer. Has put a lot of his books' content and recent DSLR camera reviews on his website; go thru the site's menu and look around. Also the forum moderator for the Yahoo's 'digital_astro'' group.

www.astropix.com

Michael Covington's Digital SLR Notes

Another noted book author with some content and techniques to share in his website.

www.covingtoninnovations.com/dslr/index0.html

Richard Berry

www.wvi.com/~rberry/

Jim Solomon's Astrophotography Cookbook

www.saratogaskies.com/articles/cookbook/

Matt BenDaniel Articles

www.starmatt.com/articles/index.html

Hap Griffin

Also well known for DSLR modification services, in addition to his Imaging experience.

www.hapg.org

Rob Gendler

www.robgendlerastropics.com

Paul Kanevesky’s Imaging Tips

Select from the menu "Tips and Downloads"

http://darkhorizons.emissionline.com/

Dick Locke's DSLR Astronomy Workflow

www.dl-digital.com/astrophoto/P2-Astro/Astro-Workflow.htm

CCD Imaging Only

Steve Cannistra

www.starrywonders.com

Paul LeFevre’s CCD Image Processing Tutorial

www.lefevre.darkhorizons.org/articles/proctutorial2.htm

Thierry Legault’s High Resolution CCD Imaging

http://legault.club.fr/index.html

Ron Wodaski’s New CCD Astronomy

www.newastro.com

Apogee's CCD University

www.ccd.com/ccdu.html

Other Reference and Magazines

Wikipedia's page on Astrophotography

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astrophotography

AstroPhoto Insight Magazine

www.astrophotoinsight.com

SOFTWARE

Astrophotography Image Processing

Free or 'Easy on the Wallet':

DeepSkyStacker

A free program that provides the basics of image processing. If you plan to get into AstroPhotography with a DSLR or low-cost CCD camera, then this program is a good starting point.

http://deepskystacker.free.fr/english/index.html

Nebulosity

A less than $100 program that provides very good tools for image stacking, processing, and includes shutter control and image display for both DSLR and CCD cameras. If you can't afford Photoshop for after processing refinement, this program can help with its built-in image refinement tools.

www.stark-labs.com/nebulosity.html

Iris

This has a steep learning curve, but rich in tools, and has an over-wehlming amount of tutorials - so be prepared to spend time just learning this one.

www.astrosurf.com/buil/us/iris/iris.htm

A site with more help on using Iris:

http://astro.ai-software.com/articles/dslr_iris/dslr_iris.html

NeatImage

A low cost an image filter that can reduce noise and grain in photographic images produced by digital cameras and scanners.

www.neatimage.com

Software Products over $100

(Most of these products are available for a free-trial period)

ImagesPlus

A very common choice when getting serious about an all-in-one image acquisition and processing program. Cost is around $250.

www.mlunsold.com

PixInsight

Built from the ground up for Astrophotography. From Europe, with cost around 230 euro.

http://pixinsight.com/

Diffraction Limited's MaxImDL

The current leader in image acquisition and processing programs. Cost can range depending upon options, to upwards of around $700.

http://diffractionlimited.com/product/maxim-dl/

Photoshop plug-ins

Astronomy Tools by Noel Carboni

Very powerful, yet low cost, plug-ins specifically for Adobe Photoshop, for refining Astro-Photography images, after they are developed with an processing program.

www.prodigitalsoftware.com/

GradientXterminator

Another low cost plug-in specifically for Adobe Photoshop to remove gradients

www.rc-astro.com/resources/GradientXTerminator

FITS Liberator

A free program that preprocesses FITS files before PhotoShop sessions.

www.spacetelescope.org/projects/fits_liberator/

Video Processing

(AVI Tools)

Registax

A free program that combines images in a video into a single stacked result.

http://www.astronomie.be/registax/index.html

AVIstack

Another free program that combines images in a video into a single stacked result.

http://avistack.de/

AVI Raw

Reads raw webcam AVIs

http://arnholm.org/astro/software/aviraw/

VirtualDub

A free program that reads and converts video files into different formats.

http://www.virtualdub.org/

AVIsynth

http://avisynth.org/mediawiki/Main_Page

Canon EOS Camera Movie Record

For use with Canon LiveView Cameras only. When used with your Canon camera, this FREE program will create movie files on your computer

http://sourceforge.net/projects/eos-movrec/

BackyardEOS / BackyardNIKON

Another program for Canon and NIKON cameras, that can handle both movies and still Astrophotography images. It is not free.

https://www.otelescope.com/

K3CCDTools

Covers video-capture (supporting wide range of video capture devices), auto-guiding and frame aligning and stacking / summing.

http://www.pk3.org/Astro/index.htm?astrophoto_vesta_sc2_mod.htm

DarkFrameScaler

For the correct scaling of video dark-frames caused by AGC

http://www.qcuiag.org.uk/DFS/index.htm

wxAstro Capture

A free capture program that supports webcams and Artemis/ATK cameras

http://arnholm.org/astro/software/wxAstroCapture/

PhotoLapse

A free program to create avi movies from jpg sequences. It can be used for creating timelapse movies with your digital photocamera.

http://home.hccnet.nl/s.vd.palen/

HandyAvi

A low cost program that can control video cameras for time-lapse, motion-detection, planetary and meteor photography. Can also edit and play movies, and control your telescope.

http://www.azcendant.com/

Miscellaneous

CCD Calc by Ron Wodaski

A free program that can be used to visualize the field-of-view for various optical tube/camera combination including barlows or focal reducers.

www.newastro.com

"3D Fly Thru", "Star Removal" and "Stereo Image Pair" Photoshop add-ons ("PS Actions")

http://astroanarchy.blogspot.com/search/label/PS-actions

Astronomy Software, Books, and related material

www.astrotips.com

Camera and Guider Control Programs

Open PHD Guiding (free)

https://openphdguiding.org/

EQUIPMENT

CCD Camera Manufacturers

SBIG

diffractionlimited.com

ZWO ASI

astronomy-imaging-camera.com

FLI

www.flicamera.com

Apogee

www.ccd.com

Starlight Xpress

www.starlight-xpress.co.uk/

QHY

www.qhyccd.com

Meade

www.meade.com

Orion

www.telescope.com

Genesis

Build your own CCD

www.genesis16.net

Focusing and Focus Masks

(Focusing Masks are available at most Astronomy equipment distributors)

Wikipedia explanation of a Bahtinov Focus Mask

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bahtinov_mask

Bahtinov Focusing Mask Generator

Makes a SVG file of a mask based on your input, for your own construction of a mask

http://astrojargon.net/(X(1)S(5dxwed555ait1bzurfvozh55))/MaskGen.aspx?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1

MetaGuide

A video-based tool for precise collimation using the in-focus diffraction pattern of a star.

http://www.astrogeeks.com/Bliss/MetaGuide/

Barn Door Mounts

How to make a Scotch mount design by author Phil Harrington

http://www.philharrington.net/scotch.htm

Rod Nabholz's How To

www.homebuiltastronomy.com/barndoor/index.htm

A Motorized barn door mount

http://www.cloudbait.com/projects/barndoor.html

Robert Reeves

How to use the AstroTrac TT 320

www.robertreeves.com/AstroTracresults.htm

Wikipedia

A short review with links

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barn_door_tracker

Telescope Mount Control

ASCOM platform

Group of developers and astronomical instrument makers that work together to bring vendor-independent and language-independent plug-and-play compatibility between astronomy software and astronomical instruments on Windows computers.

http://ascom-standards.org/

MetaGuide

Can autoguide and has several novel features that allow optimal guiding of mid-range mounts under typical seeing conditions. MetaGuide can provide insight into both the optics of your telescope, and the tracking behavior of your mount.

http://www.astrogeeks.com/Bliss/MetaGuide/

Alignmaster

A low cost program for a quick and precise alignment of goto mounts to the polar axis.

http://www.alignmaster.de/

elbrus

A free telescope pointing program. It analyzes a sky image with a few stars, and calculates the coordinates of the image centre.

http://www.astrosurf.com/pulgar/elbrus/elbrusin.htm

EQMOD

An open source applications that can provide an alternative to the hand controller on supported GEMs. It is free.

http://eq-mod.sourceforge.net/