The low contrast of Mars shrouded in dust, lead me down a chaotic path towards a better tomorrow. I replaced my ZWO ASI120MC planetary video camera with a ASI224MC. The Sony Exmore sensor in the new camera offers much lower noise and 1 to 2 bits more dynamic range than the old as well as much higher frame rates. The two are what I need to capture more data for higher quality planetary images.
The new camera's support for higher speed USB 3, prompted me to check for any new software. I found that there are now many more good choices for astronomical image video capture software on macOS (Applee OS X):
There is also new support on the tiny RaspberryPi platform that will work with a phone or iPad to capture and display images:
I'd been planning on reviving my Astro RaspberryPi project with the new more capable Raspberry Pi 3. Instead I plan to check out these new products and will share what I learn later.
Back to the mac, on the software side, I've had success capturing images with oaCapture, Astrolive, Planetary Imager, and FireCapture in the first few hours. I have a 16 bit per channel image work-flow working with FireCapture. Here are some highlights showing the ceiling fan in my office:
Firecapture with 16 bit monochrome Bayer array image from the ASI224
I'm thinking of switching to SER format captures from TIFF. Here is SER-Player with the DeBayered 16 bit data
The 16 bit greyscale Bayer SER file imports into AutoStakkert!
I also use the following software in my astrophotography work-flows under macOS
Content created: 2018-08-01
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