Pulling great images from an ultra portable small aperture telescope requires powerful image processing tools. After many years of using Unix and Windows based computers for software development, I made the move to the Unix family, Linux on the server side and macOS for my workstation. This choice gives me increased productivity and lower cost of ownership. I found it easy put together a suite of excellent tools for astronomical image processing running on macOS. There is a legacy of good tools running on Windows, these can be run in a Windows virtual machine on macOS. Professional astronomical tools which run on Unix or Linux can be easily recompiled to run natively on macOS.
In future notes, I'll be going into more detail about how I use my image processing tools. They are in my processing work-flow order:
I prefer to do image capture with a self contained camera to keep the complexity and weight of my setup low. I am now sometimes use a ZWO ASI120MC planetary which requires a computer to frame the image and capture image data. I also have a new Sony camera that supports wireless tethering. This allows group viewing on my iPad or iPhone screen as well as remote image capture.
I also use other software tools in my astronomical observing and find these to be outstanding:
New astronomy software for the Mac is showing up all the time; more than I have time to check out. Here are some other good sources:
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