In this section you will find free software solutions to control your astronomy equipment, process astronomical images and tools for scientific research. Please beware that free software does not have technical support. Every free software producer provides the program "As Is" without any warranty. Any technical issues or software glitches have to be resolved by the end-user.
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Telescope control Interface platforms
Integrages multiple astronomy equipment devices like mounts, focusers, astrophotography cameras and filters wheels through drivers for 3rd party full telescope control programs. It runs under Windows OS only.
Offers the same functionality as ASCOM but under Linux OS enviroment. Raspberry Pi devices like Stellar Mate work with INDI interface platform.
Telescope Control Software
Can control Cameras,Telescopes, Filter Wheels, Focusers, Rotators, Switches and Weather Devices for fully automated imaging sequences. N.I.N.A. can be connected to image plate solving software like ASTAP and astrometry.net for the Go-to system alignment with the sky coordinates. It runs under Windows OS only.
CCDciel has all functionality required for advanced imaging of celestial objects for fully automated unattended operation. It can control the CCD/CMOS camera, focuser, filter wheel, rotator and telescope mount and uses image resolving software such ASTAP and astrometry.net for accurate alignment alignment of the Go-to system. You can use CCDciel on Windows, macOS or Linux.
Telescope control software made by Celestron with the colaboration of Planewave Instruments. It can control celestron mounts and focusers for the SCT, Edge HD and RASA Telescopes. Runs under Windows OS only. Allows the user to control his mount with a gamepad or joystick.
ASCOMPAD is a free, open source application that provides the ability to control ASCOM compatible Telescope Mounts and Focusers using a standard gamepad.
PHD Guiding 2
Autoguiding software used to correct tracking errors with an autoguider camera. PHD Guiding 2 is the most popular. It runs under Windows and MacOS.
Plate solving software
Is a free stacking and astrometric solver (plate solver) program for deep sky images. It has a powerful FITS viewer and the native astrometric solver can be used by CCDCiel, NINA, APT or SGP imaging programs to synchronise the mount based on an image taken.
Planetarium software with telescope control
KStars is probably the most feature-rich free astronomy software. It provides an accurate graphical simulation of the night sky, from any location on Earth, at any date and time. For the amateur astronomer, it provides an observation planner, a sky calendar tool, and an FOV editor to calculate field of view of equipment and display them. Included with KStars is Ekos astrophotography suite, a complete astrophotography solution that can control all INDI devices including numerous telescopes, CCDs, DSLRs, focusers, filters, and a lot more. It runs on Windows, MacOS and Linux.
Stellarium is the most popular free open source planetarium software for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope. Since v0.19.3 was released on 12/22/2019, it has direct ASCOM support for Telescope control plugin on Windows OS.
Cartes Du Ciel
Is a free planetarium software for Windows, MacOS and Linux. It can control computerized Goto telescopes mounts and is ASCOM and INDI compliant.
Long Exposure Deep Sky Astrophotography processing software
Deep Sky Stacker
The most popular software for registering and stacking single frames. Runs under Windows OS only.
Allows astrophotographers to quickly match dark frames of different temperatures. Excellent tool for DSLR and Mirrorless Digital Cameras.
Is a cross-platform image editor available for Linux, MacOS, Windows and more operating systems. Is a free alternative to Adobe Photoshop.
Easy stacking software for stars, nightscapes and milky way shots.
Windows image processing software. It contains batch processing, histogram functions, many filters, etc. Fitswork works entirely in floating-point arithmetic.
FITS Liberator 4
Is a software develoved by the colaboration of ESA/ESO/NASA and NOIRLab to process astronomical images in the FITS format.
Is free astronomical image processing sofware for calibration, stacking and enhancement of astrophotography.
Includes tools like calibration (dark and flat), deblooming, registration, combination, color calibration, gradient removal and some more.
It performs Lucy-Richardson deconvolution sharpening on SBIG Format images. Runs under Windows only. Must be downloaded with Internet Explorer.
Planetary Astrophotography processing software
Registax aligns and stacks automatically the best frames from a recorded video to overcome atmospheric turbulences. Such astrophotography technique is called "Lucky imaging". This kind of imaging is suitable for planetary astrophotography.
As Registax, it perfoms Lucky Imaging. Suitable for planetary astrophotography.