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I have recently installed Astro Photography Tool on my dedicated astrophotography laptop.

From my very first imaging sequence, I knew I was going to like this application. There is no better way to learn a new imaging application than to put it to use for a night of deep sky imaging. I feel confident investing time learning a new software application that is flexible enough nanual any future upgrades I make to my camera equipment.

The regular updates and support groups dedicated to this software are a reassuring sign. This program allows you to spend more time gathering light on your deep-sky object, and less time staring at a computer screen. I managed to successfully shoot lights, darks, bias, and flats my very first night using APT. This is more than I can say about my first run with Sequence Generator Pro! As I continue to learn how to get the most of my image control software, I will dive into some of the more advanced features.

You can read backyardels about my experiences photographing the Whale Galaxy, including the complete nackyardeos details here: Finally, Astro Photography Tool has graced my imaging laptop screen, and I am happy to report that it appears as though I saved the best for last. So you might say that the APT had a role in inspiring future astro imaging tools. This software application has a loyal following of users, no doubt a result of the excellent customer service offered by the author.

I run this software on my Windows 7 laptop. One feature I appreciated right away, was the detailed tooltip popup windows. Literally, every button has an associated tooltip indicating what the button does, and when to use it.

The developer clearly had the backyard astrophotography in mind when designing this software. The application connects directly to your camera and provides an advanced interface to automate the exposure sequences.

My first experience using a dedicated software for deep sky imaging backyardros BackyardEOS. Not only could I run a series of events, but it had astrophotography specific tools for focusing and framing my object, and a lot more. This completely changed the way I approached deep sky astrophotography. Applications like APT will make you a better photographer, by structuring your image events.

All of the applications I have used for controlling my camera have had one thing in common; they make life easier. The tools built into the software help me spend less time getting set up, and more time collecting photons.

The following list of benefits are true of all imaging control software:. I am yet to use this feature of APT, or any other of the imaging applications. This could be a real time saver in the future, not to mention having frames that register perfectly with minimal overlapping. This uses the Bahtinov Grabber technology to further improve the precision of your focus using a Bahtinov mask.


However, newcomers to CCD-style imaging may experience the frustration of not being able to preview the.

BackyardEOS User Guide

FIT files created by these cameras. Luckily, APT automatically creates small. PNG format thumbnail images to accompany each. These images will come in handy when reviewing your image files to stack. This pre-screens the worst images before loading them into Deep Sky Stacker. In the summer months, the sensor would rise to above 30 degrees using ISO or above. Running a DSLR in warm weather without any cooling can create a lot of noise in your astro image.

The noise was reduced by shooting dark frames, but noise removal was a still a time-consuming stage of my image processing workflow. The tooltips of this function taught me a valuable lesson about cooling a CCD camera.

It suggested to slowly drop the temperature of the cooler in 3-degree intervals — over a period of minutes. This prevents thermal shock to the camera, and I had no idea about this issue until using the cooling aid in APT! Not only does this level of control result in noise-free images but it also confirms that the dark frames I shoot are the exact same temperature.

Shooting dark frames in Astro Photography Tool is very straight forward. Before I compare these two image capture applications, I should mention, that Sequence Generator Pro was designed with the goal of complete automation in mind. I am a more basic user, who sets up all of my astrophotography equipment each night. I spend a lot of time outside next to my gear, not in a warm room or in the house.

Here, I was able to input my unique gear including camera and autoguiding preferences. SGP would save all of the information for a quick setup the next time I was out imaging. I also enjoyed the Flats wizard, once I learned how to use it! The learning curve was due to my lack of CCD experience in general, rather than the process of taking flats. Once I discovered that each camera has a target ADU for a successful flat frame, I was able to use the wizard to produce the right flats for the ASI through my telescope.

I found Sequence Generator Pro a bit daunting to use at first. I think that advanced imagers can have a hard time viewing software through the eyes of a beginner, as I know I have been guilty of excluding information about my workflow.

At this point, I have only used APT for its most basic operations including running my exposure sequences and camera cooling. The biggest difference I noticed when using this program was the overall ease of use and simplicity for my needs.


I was able to spend minimal time adjusting settings, and get up and running right out of the gate. For my personal style and imaging goals, Astro Photography Tool will likely be my imaging control software of choice for years to come!

To see where APT fits into my deep sky astrophotography workflow, have a look at my step-by-step process. If you have any experience using APT and have something to add, please let me know on Facebook. Astro Photography Tool vs.

Backyardeos – Getting Started With Imaging – Stargazers Lounge

Congratulations on your new auto guiding set up, you deserve it. The information you share is insightful and your delivery is easy to understand. Also congrats on the number of people viewing your videos, FB page, and your Astro Backyard page as well. This speaks highly of your content, and your approach to astronomy, and your delivery method as well.

I hope you will continue this for many years to come. As always, I appreciate your encouragement and I hope you continue to enjoy this ride along with me.

BackyardEOS & BackyardNIKON

Tanks you for a lot of information! So ,can you recommend an other backyardeis witch compatible with sony cameras? I know that the developer plans on adding support for Nikon cameras soon. Im sure a solution will surface for Sony users in the future. The information from your tutorials and backyardos has helped me to bring my love of astronomy, and my new found passion for astrophotography, to a much higher level than I ever hoped to achieve this soon.

Thank you so much again for the time and effort you put in to helping the rest of us just starting out.

You have duplicated a sentence in the above,text thought it worth pointing out so you can correct. It the the last line of this paragraph and first of the next.

Hay Trevor I am close to getting startedwating on my laptop. So for camera control you would recomend this APT?

The guide scope and cam to come in the not too distant future. My request backyardeeos you is to do make another video with a better review of APT as there was very little in the way of review in this video at least it seems so to a newcomer like myself ………. I am certain that in the past year you have become quite well acquainted with APT and maybe you could make a more detailed review of its uses.

I would like to try the APT when it arrives, and I am wondering what kind of cable I will amnual for that. Hi James — congrats on the camera, great choice!