Posted 20 May 2008 - 10:53 AM
Posted 20 May 2008 - 06:10 PM
I use Maxim DL, Pixinsight, Photoshop, and Deepsky Stacker the most. I have some other software, like StellarMagic, I use for specific things like deconvolutions (I find MaximDL too complex).
Download a few and see what works for you. They all have their strengths and weaknesses.
Posted 21 May 2008 - 08:25 AM
Now if you want to buy the cables to hook-up your mount to your computer, you can get a program such as Starry Night or another telescope guiding program to point your telescope to specific portions of the sky. However if you're interested in autoguiding your images you'll need a second scope and a webcam or DSI cam.
I'm not familiar at all with Maxim DSLR, but they do have a 30 day trial so it couldn't hurt to try it out either. I know from experience that DeepSkyStacker is free and fairly user friendly, so I'm more biased towards that.
If you want to truly understand astrophotography grab a copy of Jerry Lodriguss' Guide To Astrophotography, it really helped me! Link
Posted 21 May 2008 - 10:10 PM
Posted 21 May 2008 - 10:39 PM
Good luck and have fun!
Posted 23 May 2008 - 12:00 PM