Opticstar Nebulosity Software
Nebulosity is designed to be a powerful, but simple to use capture and processing application for a wide range of astronomy CCD cameras. Many cameras are supported for capture (see below) and images from just about anything can be processed (support for many FITS formats, PNG, TIFF, JPEG, CR2/CRW, etc). Its goal is to suit people ranging from the novice imager who wants to create his or her first images to the advanced imager who wants a convenient, flexible capture application for use in the field.
In it, you get a host of purpose-built, powerful tools to make the most out of your images (e.g., Digital Development Processing, traditional alignment/stacking (equatorial and alt-az), Drizzle alignment/stacking, Bad Pixel Mapping, LRGB tools, real-time tricolour histograms for colour balancing, star tightening via edge detection, adaptive scaling of stacks, Canon CR2/CRW RAW Bayer matrix loading, 32/96-bit accuracy, etc.)
Opticstar DS-616C XL CCD astrophotography camera has easy to use but powerful interface. In this camera, the main screen features all the basic controls so the user doesn't have to plow through menus to find what they need. The CCD software is also auto-scaled, meaning data is brought to the appropriate size on the display automatically. If the user wishes to resize this, there is a pixel zoom buttom that lets them do just that. If the user wants to find out the angular distance between three points, they can do so with the measure distance tool in CCD pixels, arc-seconds, and/or arc minutes. Other minor features of the DS-616C Opticstar software include the ability to act as a fits viewer as well as running scripts to automate captures.
For the user to have a clear understanding of whats happening, the main screen of the Opticstar software features all the capture parameters and can either be specified in seconds or milliseconds. The fine focus mode loops a quick image around a star to adjust focus and the frame and focus loops a quick binded image to assist in rapid initial focusing.
The Opticstar is compatible with a wide range of file types and file systems. Among the file types you can save include FITS, BMP, JPG (24-bit color), and PNG (compressed). Users can also load Canon CR2 format RAW, and Canon CRW format. All data is stored internally on the disk in 32-bit format (color equates to 96-bits) to ensure no saturation occurs.
The Opticstar DS-616C XL CCD software image processing application includes dark and bias frames for pre-processing of B&W, RAW, and RGB color sets of images. These dark frames can be auto-scaled to eliminate the effect of exposure time differences. The user can also create bad pixel maps which can elimate hot pixels to make darks more efficient. DDP (Digital Developing Processing) use a hyperbolic scaling of data that allows efficient background darkening. If you wish to stack a series of images (along with drizzling) with translation (equatorial mounted) or translation and rotation (ALT-AZ mounted), the software has built in capabilites to allow this accurately.
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