List of Astrophotography Software: 52 Most Useful Software and Their Download Links

Astrophotography Software

In this article, I am going to list all astrophotography software and their download links you may need during your astrophotography journey. Bookmark this page for future use.

Planetarium Software

Stellarium – is perhaps the most popular free planetarium. There is a paid version for Android.

Cartes du Ciel – is a free planetarium.

Celestia – in this planetarium you can travel the Universe.

StarCalc – is an old, but quite working planetarium.

RedShift – is a paid planetarium. It has a fairly wide range of capabilities. There are versions for PC, Android and iPad / iPhone.

Space Engine – is a planetarium space simulator that allows you to explore the Universe in three dimensions.

Kstars – is a planetarium part of the KDE Education Project. Knows how to control a connected telescope. Works on Windows, MacOS, Linux.

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Equipment Management Software

ASCOM – is a free complex for controlling various astronomical devices from mounts and cameras to motorized filter wheels and the observatory dome.

EQMOD – is a free suite of applications that can provide an alternative to manual control of supported German equatorial mounts.

INDI – is a free set of applications for managing various astronomical devices in the UNIX environment.

ACP – Observatory Management Complex. One of the best solutions for automated observatories.

PERecorder – is a program for recording periodic mount errors.

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Astrophotography of the Sun, Moon and Planets

FireCapture – is a program for capturing video images from cameras.

SharpCap – is an alternative program for capturing video images from cameras.

EOS Movie Record – is a handy video capture software for Canon DSLR cameras. (Not in English).

Sun, Moon and Planets Processing

AutoStakkert 3 - is a program for selecting and adding frames.

Registax - is an alternative program for selecting and adding personnel.

Astra Image - is a paid program for post-processing images. Version 3.0 is free.

PIPP - is a program with settings for converting, cropping, aligning for videos / single frames.

WinJUPOS - is a program for de-rotation of planetary images.

ImPPG - is a program for post-processing images.

Astrophotography Software for Deep Space Objects

PHD2 Guiding - is a free guiding software.

PHD Guiding - is an old version of the guiding software. It may be useful to someone.

Lin-guider - is a free guiding software for Linux.

Maxim DL - is a paid program for guiding, shooting, calibrating, adding.

Nebulosity 3 - is a paid program for shooting, it can make interframe shifts through PHD.

Nebulosity 4 - is a paid program for shooting, it can make interframe shifts through PHD.

APT - Astro Photography Tool - is a shareware program for shooting, it can make interframe movements through PHD. You also need Tooltip file.

Sequence Generator Pro - paid program for shooting.

BackyardEOS - is a paid software for shooting with Canon cameras. There is a trial version.

BackyardNIKON - is a paid program for shooting with NIKON cameras. There is a trial version.

Calibration, addition and post-processing of deep sky objects

PixInsight 1.8 - is a paid program for calibration, image stacking and powerful post-processing.

DeepSkyStacker - is a free simple program for calibrating and stacking images.

FITStacker - is a free program for optimal stacking of fits-files.

IRIS - image calibration and stacking, image capture, astrometry and other functions.

Fitswork - is a program for adding and post-processing images.

Astro Pixel Processor - is a paid program for registration, calibration and post-processing of images. There is a 30-day trial.

StarTools - is a paid image post-processing program.

Assistant Programs for Shooting and Processing

JID (Jovian Impacts Detection) - is a program for analyzing Jupiter videos for various impacts.

SER Player - is a video player for SER files.

PinPoint - is a paid software for astrometric image processing and FITS files.

Bahtinov grabber - is a free star-based focusing assistant.

AutoFlats - is a free program for automatic flat shooting. Requires MaximDL 5.

CCDInspector - is a paid program for image sorting, telescope calibration and optical analysis in real time.

Astro Programs for Mobile Devices on Android

Stellarium Mobile - is a paid mobile version of the popular planetarium.

DSO Planner - is a free planetarium.

Astro Panel - astro weather forecast.

ISS Detector - alerts about the visibility of the International Space Station and Iridium flares.

Polar Finder - is an inexpensive program to help you align the polar axis of an equatorial mount.

Sun Today - shows the current solar activity (SDO source).

Heavens Above - Real-time tracking of various satellites.

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