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README.md

1# N.I.N.A. - Nighttime Imaging 'N' Astronomy #
2
3N.I.N.A. is an astrophotography suite designed for all DSO imagers.
4If you are totally new to the world of DSO imaging or a seasoned veteran our goal is to make your image acquisition easier, faster and more comfortable.
5
6## Homepage
7
8https://nighttime-imaging.eu/
9
10## System Requirements
11
12* 64-bit Windows 7 or later
13* (32-bit version is available, but may be unstable due to memory consumption)
14
15* .NET Framework 4.6.2 or later
16
17* ASCOM Platform 6.3 or later (optional - but most equipment besides the camera requires ascom)
18
19* Visual Studio C++ Redistributable 2013
20
21## Manual
22
23A manual including detailed descriptions about all features can be found on the homepage
24https://nighttime-imaging.eu/docs/documentation/introduction/
25
26## Features
27
28### Camera Control
29
30* ASCOM Driver
31     * Tested with ASI 1600 MMC, Atik-383L+
32* Native ZWO Driver
33     * Tested with ASI 1600 MMC
34* Native Atik Driver *(experimental)*
35     * Undergoing tests with Atik-383L+
36* Nikon
37     * Tested with Nikon D5100, D7100
38     * Serial cable support for bulb exposures using either telescope snap port or serial cable using RTS signal
39          * Bulb exposure with snap port tested with EQ6-R + D5100
40* Canon
41     * Tested with Canon EOS 550d, 60d
42* Temperature control
43     * Cool down routine for a set amount of time
44
45### Telescope Control
46* ASCOM Driver
47     * Tested with HEQ-5, EQ6-R
48
49### Filterwheel Control
50* ASCOM Driver
51     * Tested with Starlight XPress motorized Filterwheel, Atik EFW2
52
53### Autofocuser Control
54* ASCOM Driver
55     * Tested with Lacerta Motorfocus
56
57### Autoguider Control
58* via communication with PHD2 Server
59* Graphically shows corrections in a graph
60* Calculates RMS Error values
61
62### Profiles
63* Save and load individual profiles for different sets of equipment
64
65### Advanced Sequencing
66* Import/Export sequences for planning ahead
67* Dithering (via PHD2)
68* Dithering after a set amount of images
69* Macros to set up custom file names
70* Supported Image formats: FITS, TIFF (Without compression, with ZIP or LZW compression), XISF
71* Automatic Meridian Flip
72
73### Manual Focusing
74* Snapping of images
75* Live view (for DSLR and ASI cameras)
76* Subframing (for faster image processing)
77* Bahtinov Line detection to identify spikes and the error margin
78
79### Autofocus
80* Triggered manually
81* During sequences
82     * On start
83     * After filter change
84
85### Image Recognition
86* Statistics
87* Auto-Stretch
88* Star detection and HFR calculation, including stats history during imaging session
89* Optimal exposure time recommendation by taking read noise, full well capacity and BIAS mean value into account
90
91### Platesolving
92* Astrometry.net
93* Local instance of Astrometry.net and cygwin
94* Platesolve2 by Planewave
95
96### Polar alignment assistant
97* Polaris position in polar scope
98* Precise PA Error calculation using platesolving
99* DARV alignment procedure
100
101### Sky Atlas
102* Detailed info for over 10000 Deep Sky Objects
103* Advanced filtering to get just the Deep Sky Objects that are relevant for you
104* Calculated altitude chart for each object based on your location
105* Night time duration based on your location
106* Objects can be set as the target for the sequence or the framing assistant
107
108### Framing Assistant
109* Multiple ways of importing an image for framing
110     * Digital Sky Survey (requires internet connection)
111     * Image File (tif, png, jpg)
112     * Image Cache (from a previously loaded image)
113* By entering camera and telescope specs a rectangle with the respective field of view is generated
114* The rectangle can be rotated and dragged to the desired location
115* Once satisfied the coordinates where the rectangle is located can be set for a sequence to start imaging
116
117### Image History
118* Thumbnail and statistics of images during an image session
119* Reload images of one session to the UI
120
121### Fully customizable UI colors together with a bunch of preset Themes
122
123### Weather data
124* OpenWeatherMap supported
125
126
127## Feedback
128
129Through the issue tracker
130
131a mail to: isbeorn86+NINA@googlemail.com
132
133or directly via Discord: http://discord.gg/fwpmHU4
134
135## Credit
136
137Some icons made by
138[Madebyoliver](http://www.flaticon.com/authors/madebyoliver),
139[Bogdan Rosu](http://www.flaticon.com/authors/bogdan-rosu),
140[Appzgear](http://www.flaticon.com/authors/appzgear),
141[Dale Humphries](http://www.flaticon.com/authors/dale-humphries) and
142[Dave Gandy](http://www.flaticon.com/authors/dave-gandy)
143from
144[Flaticon](http://www.flaticon.com)
145licenced by
146[Creative Commons BY 3.0](http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)
147
148DCRaw (for Canon RAW image processing) - https://www.cybercom.net/~dcoffin/dcraw/