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AstroDMx Capture for Linux
The 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 colour scheme has been inherited from the standard desktop theme.
AstroDMx Capture version 0.50.9
The latest version of AstroDMx Capture for Linux is 0.50.9. The software is distributed in three alternative packages and can be downloaded by clicking the following links.
If you are having problems running AstroDMx, then please visit: the help page
AstroDMx Capture is now available for the Raspberry Pi3. The Raspberry Pi version is distributed in two alternative packages. The installers below will work on Raspbian Stretch with Desktop (Version: November 2018) and also Raspbian Stretch with Pixel. It does not currently work on Ubuntu Mate or any of the other Pi operating systems.
If you are having problems running AstroDMx, then please visit: the help page
The manual installer's tarball contains a readme file which explains how to install the software. The RPM and DEB can be installed in the usual way (either via the GUI or via the command-line). If the options to start AstroDMx Capture do not appear
in the system's menus then logout and log back in. The software can be uninstalled by using the following standard procedure:
- Fedora: yum remove AstroDMx_Capture
- Debian: dpkg --remove astrodmx_capture
Older x86-64 Versions: Click to Show
Changelog (version 0.50.9)
- Added a lag control function More Information
- Fixed problem with the AstroDMx_DATA directory not been created and showing lots of errors
- Improved error handling for writing output files
- Reduced CPU usage for QHY cameras
- Fixed problem with the histogram using lots of CPU time
- Other post-release bug fixes and improvements
Some Video4Linux (UVC) cameras can show image lag despite a reasonable frame rate. For example, a connected camera could be showing a frame rate of 15 fps but, if the camera was moved, it could take a few seconds for this movement to be observed
on the preview screen. Frame lag control is available in the main options menu.
Changelog (version 0.50.4)
- Realtime calibration now works for frame integration
- Bug fixes
Changelog (version 0.50.1)
- Full support for the Atik 314L
- Full support for the Atik 314E
- Full support for the Atik 320E (Colour)
- Other 16-bit Atik cameras should work More Information
Atik cameras with mechanical shutters and SetPoint coolers have been fully implemented but are untested. The developer of AstroDMx would be interested to hear from anybody who has used an Atik camera not listed above.
- Improved support for the ZWO ASI178MC
- FITS Support with configurable FITS Metadata
- Added Non-destructive display controls (Gamma, Contrast and Brightness) More Information
The display controls can be used to change how the stream data are displayed on the preview screen. These controls do not affect the saved data but can slow down the frame rate. If using a slower computer, it is advised that the display
controls are disabled before starting the main capture routine.
- Added additional 16-bit to 8-bit display transforms (Linear, Gamma Log and Inverse Hyperbolic Sine) More Information
Cameras capable of operating in 16-bit mode must have their data mapped to the 8-bit preview display. Mapping these data linearly does not show faint detail very well. AstroDMx therefore provides three additional methods to show the faint
detail on the preview screen. Gamma Log, ASinH (Inverse Hyperbolic Sine) and ASinH (ASinH) (inverse Hyperbolic Sine of the inverse Hyperbolic Sine). Gamma Log and the ASinH functions shows fainter information but they are computationally
heavy and so should only be used for long exposures.
- Added Endpoint Control More Information
The endpoint control is an experimental feature. In order to map a 16-bit stream into the 8-bit preview display, AstroDMx calculates the brightest and dimmest pixels. Sometimes, the brightest and dimmest pixels can be skewed by hot or
dead pixels. The endpoint control therefore trims the brightest and dimmest pixels by a fixed percentage and uses these new values to map the 16-bit stream to the 8-bit display.
- Added filter wheel exposure ratios More Information
Filterwheel ratios allow the user to specify an offset value for each filter which will automatically increase or decrease the exposure length when a specific filter is selected.For example, if the exposure was set at 20 seconds and the
filter offset was set at 1.2 then the exposure would be automatically be increased to 24 seconds. Similarly, if an exposure was set at 25 seconds with an offset of 0.8 then the exposure would automatically be changed to 20 seconds.
Filter ratios are available online for many filter sets or can be calculated using from your own experience.
- Long exposure indicator now shows hours, minutes and seconds
- ROI chip position is now shown in the UI
- Capture window can now be minimised More Information
- Added Keyboard shortcuts More Information
- Significant improvements to the realtime calibration system More Information
- Calibration frames can now be saved in the FITS file format.
- The Heartbeat function has been renamed to Connection Manager More Information
- New UI to control camera timeouts.
- Added a custom ROI resolution UI.
- Added function to make AstroDMx startup at the size it was when closed More Information
- Files now output with zero padded dates More Information
- Various defaults changed More Information
- Various UI changes and improvements
- Significant performance improvements throughout AstroDMx
- ZWO SDK updated to 1.13.0930
- Added System information UI
- Significant improvements to the debugging mode More Information
- Several information messages added which can be disabled by clicking "Don't show again"
- One click controls added to easily scale the live preview to the UI or to show the live preview at 100%
- Removed the dark theme compatibility mode, the UI style now fully inherits from the system theme
- The main UI now shows the current time in the title bar
- The main UI shows the ADC bit-depth and operating bit-depth in the status bar
- The main UI shows frame capture information in the status bar
- Added, check for new version function
- AstroDMx version numbering has been changed to use a three digit set instead of the previous four
- Various bug fixes and other changes and improvements
Changelog (version 0.10.2.0)
- Full support for the QHY-5L-II MONO
- Full support for the QHY-5L-II COLOUR
- Other QHY cameras should work but have not been tested
- Histogram Added. The histogram supports both Linear and Logarithmic scales and shows channels in RGB combined, Luminance, RGB Average, Red, Green, Blue or Greyscale.
- Histogram image saved as a TIFF file
- Automatic Exposure, Automatic Gain and Automatic White Balance improvements (If supported by camera)
- Frame integration now works for all cameras operating in 8-bit modes
- Improvements to the camera log file
- Improvements to the over-exposure markers
- Over-exposure markers now have a sensitivity control
- Improvements to the Reticle
- Custom colours now allowed for the over-exposure markers and the reticle
- Right-click to reset controls now works for the exposure control
- Reset all controls implemented
- Long exposure countdown indicator improvements
- Long exposures are now cancelled before the new exposure is set
- Installers now create menus to launch the software
- Detailed debugging mode added - which can be invoked from the menus or manually by passing -D to the astrodmx binary
- Status area now shows the connected camera's bit-depth and calibration frame status
- Added a dark theme compatibility mode - if you are using a dark theme and the controls are still light then this option will force the controls to be dark. This option is only works with dark themes.
- Bug fixes and other improvements
Changelog (version 0.9.11-18)
- Now allows dark and flat field calibration to be used simultaneously
- Improvements to the long exposure countdown indicator
- Bug fixes
Changelog (version 0.9.11-15)
- Initial Release
The latest version of AstroCrop for 1.1.0, Engine Version: 1.0.3 and can be downloaded by clicking the following link:
Aspect Ratio Corrector
The latest version of Aspect Ratio Corrector for Windows is 1.0 and can be downloaded by clicking the following link. Although there is no native Linux version, the Windows version runs perfectly under Wine.