SharpCap Updates to Solar and Lunar Mosaic Tools

SharpCap Updates to Solar and Lunar Mosaic Tools are available in the latest SharpCap 4.1 Beta release. SharpCap is an easy-to-use and powerful astronomy camera capture tool. It can be used with dedicated astronomy cameras, webcams and USB frame grabbers. A wide range of features makes SharpCap suitable for many types of astro-imaging including Planetary, Lunar, Solar, Deep Sky and EAA (Electronically Assisted Astronomy).

SharpCap Updates to Solar and Lunar Mosaic ToolsAs the publisher notes about the SharpCap Updates to Solar and Lunar Mosaic Tools in the beta version, “These tools are reaching the stage where they are reliable enough to be generally useful. If anyone would like to try them out, then please feel free to do so  – you do not need a SharpCap Pro license to use these tools while SharpCap 4.1 is still in beta.”

SharpCap 4.1 contains the following new and improved features:

– A new Moon Mosaic planning tool (see sequencer menu – requires GOTO mount).

– Autofocus Improvements

– Python Scripting updated to Python 3.x

– Improvements to Feature Tracking

– Handle disconnected cameras that then reconnect (most camera types)

– Handle disconnected ASCOM hardware that is reconnectable or that works after a retry

– Add ASCOM switch support

– Add configurable settle times for mount and focuser

– Add on-camera filter wheel support for Atik and Moravian cameras

– Basler camera support updated to support Pylon 7.2.1 (or newer)

– Keyboard shortcuts for zoom-to-fit (CTRL+0) and zoom to 100% (CTRL+1)

– Flip image (after dark/flat) option to allow reorientation without needing new calibration files

– Option to recenter live stacking periodically (using plate solving) once the drift reaches a threshold level

– Pause and resume guiding automatically when SharpCap commands an ASCOM mount slew

– Add non-linear gradient background removal

– Option to mask over-exposed pixels to black (solar disk masking)

– Add horizontal zoom option to main histogram for close inspection around black level

– Improvements to GOTO Target/Co-ordinates tool including plate solving refinement and live stacking save/stop/restart

– Add Exposure/Gain shift control to quickly change exposure and gain while keeping image brightness constant (supports most cameras)

– Added a ‘Connect all hardware’ button to the toolbar

– More flexible image stretch in live stacking

– Additional color noise reduction option in live stacking

– Hot and cold pixel removal option as an alternative to using dark frames

– Improvements to display stretch, including toggle on/off and a continuous stretch adjustment mode

The SharpCap Updates to Solar and Lunar Mosaic plus other latest beta release information and downloads can be found here.

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