Astro-Imaging Applications for Linux, macOS and Microsoft Windows


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New Release (1.2.6) Linux, Raspberry PI, macOS and Windows

This version is a maintenance release to fix a bug in SVBONY camera implementation.

New Release (1.2.4) Linux, Raspberry PI, macOS and Windows

This release implements additional thermal controls for Altair and ZWO cameras (dew heaters and fan control) as well as allowing exposure lengths up to the maximum supported by the camera. In addition to this, version 1.2.4 has improved support for Altair cameras on all platforms except ChromeOS.

Please see the changelog for more information

New Release (1.0.5) Linux, Raspberry PI, macOS and Windows

This release of AstroDMx Capture now has full support for the Altair range. In addition to this, the Linux build now automatically detects the glibc version and runs the most appropriate binary for the target Linux distribution. This eliminates the possibility of the user downloading an incompatible build of AstroDMx Capture. The minimum glibc version is 2.17.

Support for very old CPUs has been dropped for the Linux x86-64 builds. The minimum CPU microarchitecture is Core2 (SSE, SSE2, SSE3 and SSSE3), however, AstroDMx Capture will be automatically optimised for the Haswell microarchitecture if it is available on the target CPU.

There have been other significant changes, please see the changelog for more information

New Release (0.90.2) Linux, Raspberry PI, macOS and Windows

This release implements full support for the new SVBONY SV305-M PRO camera, a dark mode for macOS (Mojave and above) and a new build optimised for running in the Chrome OS Crostini Linux virtualisation environment. Unfortunately, the build for Chrome OS currently only supports the SVBONY 305 range of cameras.

Please see the changelog for more information

Version 0.84.7 and above

AstroDMx Capture is no longer distributed with separate installers for specific CPU Microarchitectures. In this version, the distributions install builds for the Haswell and Core2 Microarchitectures a well as a generic build that should run on any 64-bit CPU regardless of age. There is a special loader program which interrogates the CPU and then runs the build that is most appropriate for your CPU. This functionality is not implemented for macOS, macOS is currently only distributed for CPUs with at least the Core2 microarchitecture (SSE, SSE2, SSE3 and SSSE3).

Please see the changelog for more information

What is AstroDMx Capture

AstroDMx Capture is a cross-platform fully featured astronomical image capture application for 64-bit Linux, the Raspberry Pi3 and Pi4, macOS and 64-bit Windows 10. It is a deep sky and solar system imager.

The project was started by Nicola Amanda Mackin FRAS in order to produce a stable astronomical imaging application for use with the Imaging Source DMK, DFK and DBK range of cameras. Since then, the project has grown into a fully featured capture application written on Linux in C++ and now ported to macOS and Microsoft Windows.

AstroDMx Capture for Linux - Version 0.50.1

This screenshot is of AstroDMx Capture displaying a live preview from the ASI178MC running in 16-bit mode. AstroDMx is mapping the 16-bit stream onto the preview screen by using one of the new 16-bit to 8-bit transforms available in 0.50.1. The dark theme has been inherited from the operating system's base theme.

Summary of Supported Hardware

The following is a summary of the hardware supported by AstroDMx Capture. In a future release, the application will support the INDI framework which will expand the range of supported hardware.

  • Altair Cameras
  • Imaging Source Cameras
  • ZWO Cameras
  • QHY Cameras
  • Atik 16-bit range of cameras
  • DSLR Cameras
  • SVBONY SV105, SV205 (may require a firmware upgrade, see the technical help page), SV305 and the SV305PRO
  • Lumenera USB2 and USB3 cameras (Windows)
  • Lumenera USB3 cameras (Linux)
  • Various UVC compliant Webcams and Capture Cards
  • ZWO Filter Wheels
  • Click for comprehensive list

For more detailed information about AstroDMx, visit the main information and download pages. If you have any questions or problems with the software please feel free to contact Nicola Mackin.

Other Software

AstroCrop is an application written many years ago which automatically registers and precisely crops a series of images based on a single reference frame.

Aspect Ratio Corrector is a very simple application to correct the aspect ratio of images obtained via frame-integrating video cameras.