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 also use other software tools in my astronomical observing and find these to be outstanding:
Content created: 2015-05-18
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