THE LEADING PLANETARY CAPTURE TOOL

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January 2016

Basler Pylon 5 migration has started adding support for USB models
Check the related message in the Yahoo group for details

November 2015

FireCapture v2.5 BETA has been released for testing !

24 October 2015

I was giving a FireCapture workshop at the Dutch Society Working Group Astrophotography

September 2015

v2.5 will come with a new plugin interface so users with programming skills can create their own pre-processing filters in FireCapture.

August 2015

Started integration of iNOVA cameras into v2.5 and having huge problems with the provided SDK. Not sure if I'll succeed...

July 2015

Development of v2.5 has started. Thank you all for providing suggestions regarding new features

13 June 2015

I was giving a FireCapture lecture on the open day at Astroshop
You can find the recording (in german) here

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Older Versions

v2.5 BETA TESTING


! Important !
Webcams are no longer supported
QHY interface is not available in this first beta version

! PLEASE READ RELEASE NOTES AND CHANGES !


64-bit support is available for the following camera interfaces:
ZWO ASI, PointGrey, Basler, TIS/Skyris, IDS

Download FireCapture v2.5 BETA (64-bit)

FEATURES


SUPPORTED CAMERAS


Install latest FlyCapture2 SDK (no FlyCapture Viewer !)
All models supported



No SDK needed. All models supported.


Install Basler Pylon 4.2.0 Software Suite.
No USB3 support !



No SDK needed. All models supported.



No SDK needed. All models supported.


No SDK needed. Not all models supported.


Universal Package v2.1 SDK needed.
Not all models supported.


FOcontrol v4.0.5.1 SDK needed.
Only Firewire under Windows XP supported.


NO WEBCAM SUPPORT !

TUTORIALS

  • #1 Installation & Troubleshooting
  • #2 First Steps
  • #3 Layout & GUI



  • #4 Telescope & Autoguider
  • #5 Filterwheel & Focuser
  • #6 Capture Tools

ABOUT

It was back in 2008 when I got hold of a SONY newsletter announcing a new CCD sensor (ICX618) which promised fantastic sensitivity. Still working with an old webcam those days I instantly had the idea of replacing the webcam sensor with the new SONY sensor. It took weeks and dozens of emails to get the confidential spec of the new sensor. When I saw the sensitivity values it was clear: I had to have this sensor! The Basler Scout scA640 was the first machine vision camera using this sensor and when I bought it the nightmare began: the included software was useless for planetary imaging and running the camera with the VRecord webcam tool was a complete PITA. Bugged by the inability to store even the basic camera settings I decided developing my own capture software. Shortly after on a baking hot summer day I was looking for a name for my tool and when feeling like on fire that day I had it: 'FireCapture'

What started as a solely private project soon turned into higher gear when other fellows saw the software and insisted on getting it. I decided to make it public, included more and more camera interfaces and after more then 10 years of continuous development FireCapture has evolved to one of the leading planetary capture tool. Developing the thing is only one part of the story: with a supportive community of users behind me I always had the feeling of someone 'looking over my shoulder' during the countless hours of programming. I can't mention all but just want to say:

Thank you guys !


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