CCD Commander
Complete automatic imaging


Here is the Take Image Action window where the parameters to take an image, or sequence of images, are entered. As you can see the parameters are simple to enter and mimic those common when normally setting up an image in the camera control programs.

CCD Commander automatically remembers all of your entries into all of the windows so you only have to enter those parameters that have changed.

Every Take Image Action you create in your Action List can be different. If you want to take some images binned 2x2 and some binned 1x1, there are no restrictions. You can take some full frame and some quarter frame. You can enable the autoguider for all your images, or just a few of them. You can even specify a different Save Path for each series of images.

GEM Users: CCD Commander will always flip the mount if the meridian limit is reached during a Take Image action. However, if you want the ultimate in pointing precision, you can specify to also take a Plate Solve exposure after the meridian flip. CCD Commander will solve the image, determine the actual pointing coordinates, either Sync the mount or compute the pointing offset error, and slew to the proper coordinates.

GEM & Rotator Users: CCD Commander can rotate 180 degrees after a meridian flip to keep the orientation of the camera the same. Coupled with the Plate Solve and Sync after Meridian Flip option you can be guaranteed that your original guide star will remain precisely on the guide detector!

All of the windows in CCD Commander have been designed to simplify parameter entry. Above is the Move To Action window. The buttons on this window allow you to pull the cooridnates into CCD Commander without entering a single number. You can click on an object in TheSky, or search for one of TheSky's objects. CCD Commander will get the proper coordinates (either J2000 or JNow) and put them into the window! Alternately if you have perfectly framed an object using your telescope and camera, you can have CCD Commander pull the exact coordinates from your telescope!

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