Category Archives: Software

Polar Scope Align Pro v6.5 released for iOS!

July 3, 2023 // by ecuador

WHAT’S NEW v6.5: – Added decimal degrees as an option for coordinate entry in the Location Manager. – Improved DSO DB searching help, added button above the keyboard to access it. – Bubble level / compass tool shows both True/Geographic and Magnetic north heading, at 0.5° resolution. 5° tick marks added to the compass. Xasteria […]

Xasteria & Xasteria Plus 4.5 Astro Weather released!

June 29, 2023 // by ecuador

What’s New v4.5 – Better contrast on main weather view text and icons. – Location Manager option for coordinate entry in decimal degrees. – Improved display of Sat24. – Fahrenheit to Celsius switch does not require restart. – Cloud Free Nights link for users in Australia/NZ. – Show last good weather forecast on update failure. […]

Polar Scope Align v4.0: new Watch extension

June 18, 2018 // by ecuador

Major release, especially for Apple Watch users, featuring a new Watch extension taking advantage of . A quick preview: New Watch Features: – Moon Phase view added to the first screen, moon/sun rise/set times on second screen. – New (third) screen with the Xasteria weather report. – Reticle zoom slider. – Ability to switch mode […]

Processing a (noisy) DSLR image stack with StarTools

November 20, 2016 // by ecuador

Using a DSLR camera for astrophotography has you dealing with quite noisy data, and the issue is compounded if you are shooting from the city under light-polluted skies. Noisy data gives you a hard time when processing, so it would initially take me quite some time and effort to get to pleasing results, even with dedicated […]

EOS Camera Movie Record Tablet Tweak

May 8, 2015 // by ecuador

Update July 6 2015: Canon SDK update with support for EOS 5DS/760D/750D. There is a nice little free program called EOS Camera Movie Record that allows you to capture 5x live-view video from your camera, which is the best way to do planetary photography for most Canon DSLRs (with the exception of 550D and 60D which have the […]

Polar Scope Align 1.0 for iPhone and iPad released.

March 3, 2015 // by ecuador

Originally made for myself to compensate my ZEQ25’s polar scope reticle centering error, I made it available through the Apple app store in a free ad-supported version and a paid Pro version with a few extra features (such as manually setting the date, time, location if you don’t want to use the current time/gps location […]