Software

Here's my running list of astrophotography software packages.  It's limited to just the ones I have at least a passing familiarity with (so it's lacking remote automation and planning tools which I haven't used). Image Aquisition

Sequence Generator Pro (can connect to PHD2 / Metaguid) - $100 BackyardEOS (can connect to PHD2) - $50 Nebulosity (can connect to PHD2) - $80 TheSkyX + Camera Add-on (internal guide software) - $530 (minimum) MaximDL (internal guide software) - $400 (minimum) ImagePlus: Camera Control (can connect to PHD2 / Metaguide) - $85 Astro Photography Tool (APT) (can connect to PHD / Metaguide) - $14 FireCapture (planetary only) - Free

Guiding

PHD / PHD2 - Free Metaguide - Free (requires DirectX based camera) TheSkyX + Camera Add-on - $530 (minimum) MaximDL - $400 (minimum)

Front End Processing (calibration, registration, stacking)

DeepSkyStacker - Free CCDStack - $200 Nebulosity - $80 TheSkyX + Camera Add-on - $530 (minimum) MaximDL - $400 (minimum) PixInsight - $250 ImagePlus: Image Processing - $205 Registar - $150 AutoStakkert2 (planetary only) - Free AviStack2 (planetary only) - Free Registax6 (planetary only) - Free

Back End Processing (stretching, color balancing, etc.)

DeepSkyStacker (sort of) - Free Nebulosity - $80 TheSkyX + Camera Add-on - $530 (minimum) MaximDL - $400 (minimum) PixInsight - $250 ImagePlus: Image Processing - $205 Photoshop - $10/month StarTools - $47 GIMP - Free ImageJ - Free

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