Nebulosity (Windows and OS X) is designed to be a powerful, but simple to use capture and processing application for a wide range of astronomy CCD cameras. Many cameras are supported for capture and images from just about anything can be processed (support for many FITS formats, PNG, TIFF, JPEG, DSLR RAW files, etc). Its goal is to suit people ranging from the novice imager who wants to create his or her first images to the advanced imager who wants a convenient, flexible capture application for use in the field. In it, you get a host of purpose-built, powerful tools to make the most out of your images and imaging sessions.
People looking at software for astrophotography have a wide range of options, these days. So, you might ask, why Nebulosity? Nebulosity takes a different approach than many packages. You’ve got a number out there that are trying to be the be-all and end-all package that controls everything from your camera to your dome to your toaster. As a result, they’re often very large (and therefore tougher to navigate), and very expensive. In general, this doesn’t make for something well-suited to someone just getting going in this hobby. In addition, though, much of what you get in larger packages isn’t used by some of those doing the best work out there. You’ll find top imagers that use their astro package to control the camera, get the images, pre-process and stack them, and they’ll then shift entirely (or nearly so) over to Photoshop. With Nebulosity, you can do all that for a fraction of the cost and with a far simpler user interface. This simpler interface has led many advanced users to abandon other packages and use Nebulosity in the field and for at least their initial processing.
Camera Support (Windows and OS X)
- Canon DIGIC II* / III / 4 EOS DSLRs (1000D/Rebel XS, 500D/T1i, 550D/T2i, 1100D/T3, 600D/T3i, 450D/Rebel XSi, 400D/Digital Rebel XTi, 350D/Digital Rebel XT, 60D, 50D, 40D, 30D, 20D/20Da, 7D, 5D Mark II, 5D, 1D Mark IV, 1D Mark III, 1D Mark II N, 1D Mark II, 1Ds Mark III and 1Ds Mark II)*
- Fishcamp Starfish
- Meade DSI, DSI Pro, DSI II, DSI II Pro, DSI III and DSI III Pro
- QHY8 / CCD Labs Q8
- QSI 500 / 600 series
- Starlight Xpress USB2 models (SXV / SXVF / SXV-R / Lodestar / etc. including those converted to USB 2 via the SX adapter)
Additional Windows-only Cameras
- ASCOM-5/6 compliant cameras
- Apogee cameras
- Atik 3xx, 4xx, 4000, 11000, 16, 16IC, and 16HR / Artemis cameras (both older 16-series and all newer cameras via their universal driver)
- CCD Labs Q8-HR / Q453, Q285M / QHY2 Pro
- FLI cameras
- Moriavian G2/G3 (v3 or higher firmware)
- Orion StarShoot Deep-Space Color Imager (original) **
- OpticStar DS-335 series, DS-336C, DS-142, DS-145, and PL-130
- QHY8 via Tom van Den Eede’s “libusb” drivers and via QHY’s drivers
- SAC7 / SC1 long-exposure modified webcams / Atik 1 and Atik 2 cameras.
- Any camera with a version 5 or 6 compatible ASCOM driver.
* Earlier DIGIC I Canons (e.g. the 300D) are not supported. Also, for the DIGIC II cameras, Canon has declared them "unsupported" by their Software Development Kit. They do continue to work, but it is not clear if this will change in the future and this does interact with the OS you're using (e.g., many DIGIC II's are not supported or capture on Windows 7).
** The Orion StarShoot II, Pro, and other current "deep space" ones are not supported directly but are supported via their ASCOM drivers. Their "Solar system" cameras can work (as they are similar to webcams), but keep in mind Nebulosity is designed for deep-space photography.