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#1 fred72933

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Posted 20 October 2020 - 11:42 PM

I was wondering if there was a list somewhere that shows which control softwares were compatible with which cameras.

 

I’m looking for software that works with the Celestron NightScape 8300. I have the AstroFX program from Celestron but was wondering who else made software that worked with it. I have the ASCOM driver but that only allows black and white images I hear.

 

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Posted 21 October 2020 - 08:55 AM

Hi Fred:

 

I would be very surprised if the ASCOM driver only allowed B&W images.  I think I'd check with Celestron on that.

 

The ASCOM driver is the standard "go-between" for software and cameras.  If your camera has an ASCOM driver, it will work with any software that supports ASCOM - and they pretty much all do.

 

I'd check out NINA.  It's free and should work with your camera.

 

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Posted 21 October 2020 - 09:01 AM

The ASCOM driver might be pulling b-w because it doesn't debayer the image. We usually save that till we'll processing images.



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Posted 21 October 2020 - 09:10 AM

The ASCOM driver might be pulling b-w because it doesn't debayer the image. We usually save that till we'll processing images.

Good point!  

 

The image just looks B&W because it hasn't been debayered.  ALL images are in fact B&W from the sensor, until something picks out the red, green and blue pixels from the bayer matrix, and combines them into color pixels.  In a DSLR, that is done in the camera.  In an astro camera, it is not.  As Raginar points out, that is done in your processing software.

 

I use SGP, which shows a preview of the image immediately after being captured.  This shows up as B&W because SGP does not debayer the image.  Some image capture software will debayer and show you the image in color.  But either way, the image is stored in a file as B&W, and must be debayered by your processing software, usually during stacking.

 

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Posted 21 October 2020 - 10:23 AM

 

 

I use SGP, which shows a preview of the image immediately after being captured.  This shows up as B&W because SGP does not debayer the image.  Some image capture software will debayer and show you the image in color.  But either way, the image is stored in a file as B&W, and must be debayered by your processing software, usually during stacking.

 

-Dan

If I am using my OSC camera with SGP and want to get a color preview of what the image will look like, I can use SharpCap and the Camera Folder option to pick up subs taken by SGP in real time, debayer and live stack.  Using the camera folder option I can also tweak the livestack settings, rewind and restack. Of course this is just for previewing and I do my normal calibration/registration/integration/post-processing in PixInsight afterwards. Who said you can’t have your cake and eat it too. 



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Posted 21 October 2020 - 12:41 PM

Hi Fred:

 

I would be very surprised if the ASCOM driver only allowed B&W images.  I think I'd check with Celestron on that.

 

The ASCOM driver is the standard "go-between" for software and cameras.  If your camera has an ASCOM driver, it will work with any software that supports ASCOM - and they pretty much all do.

 

I'd check out NINA.  It's free and should work with your camera.

 

-Dan

Thanks, Dan,

 

I got that impression because SharpCap only works with the NightScape by ASCOM and will only provide monochrome images. I mistakenly thought it was that way with all software that used the ASCOM drivers. I will check out Nina.




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