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ZWO ASI camera tutorial

matt113d
21 Aug, 2019 09:35
Hi everyone,

I have just purchased a ZWO asi178mm camera for imaging DSO and planets (seems to be a good budget all rounder) and I was wondering if there is a particular tutorial people would recommend for the software and understanding gain settings etc. Until now I have only used a DSLR.

Thanks in advance!

Matt
Edited 21 Aug, 2019 09:57
khrrugh
21 Aug, 2019 12:42
Hi Matt,

which software are you using? The camera can be used with nearly any kind of imaging tool like SharpCap, FireCapture or SGP (or any other imaging software). A tutorial should cover the usage of a particular program, not the camera itself.
The specific settings like gain or offset will differ from target to target. Maybe one hint: Use a very low gain setting with this camera. I experienced much better results as i started using gain 0.

Greetings,
Michael
matt113d
21 Aug, 2019 12:50
Hi Michael,

Thanks for the reply,

I haven't even received the camera yet so I haven't tried any. I was just wondering if there was an accepted "go to" software. In the long run I will most likely write my own program to do the image capturing, but while I'm initially playing around with it I wanted to find something intuitive to get me started quickly.

Cheers,

Matt
khrrugh
21 Aug, 2019 12:53
Take a look at SharpCap then. It's basically for free (some advanced features require a licence key) and easy to use.
dgpkd
21 Aug, 2019 14:00
You can look at this website. This is ZWO's official website:https://astronomy-imaging-camera.com/
dgpkd
21 Aug, 2019 14:00
You can look at this website. This is ZWO's official website:https://astronomy-imaging-camera.com/
altazastro
21 Aug, 2019 14:55
I bought the 178MM back in April ths year and I have since used it with satisfaction both for lunar and DSO imaging.
For lunar imaging I use the ASICAP application provided for free by the camera producer.
For DSO imaging, instead, I use Nebulosity.
matt113d
21 Aug, 2019 16:46
Thanks everyone for the responses, this is really helpful!
 
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