Category Archives: Software

Polar Scope Align Pro v6.4 released for iOS!

April 1, 2023 // by ecuador

WHAT’S NEW v6.4: – Date Circle – Time / RA Circle conversion calculator. – Rotated reticle view tool option for Star Adventurer to use the Date Graduation circle. Start/Stop tracking works off any rotation position with reset button added. (Pro) – Added visual hints to the main page clickable regions (e.g. coordinates). – Xasteria changes: […]

Xasteria & Xasteria Plus 4.4 Astro Weather released!

March 29, 2023 // by ecuador

What’s New v4.4 -Apple is shutting down Dark Sky, having relaunched it as Apple Weather. Xasteria+ is being upgraded to Apple Weather, adding options (in settings) of extending forecast to 10 days and cloud layer forecast. (Plus) -A new MET Norway forecast is also added. It’s based on the non-hydrostatic ECMWF model, giving better forecasts […]

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Originally made for myself to compensate my ZEQ25’s polar scope reticle centering error, I made it available through the Apple app store in a free ad-supported version and a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 […]