Introduction to Prism

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Introduction to Prism

Post by Hamza Touhami » Sun May 21, 2017 1:36 am

Welcome to the new Prism software forum

As you know by now, Prism is the only software in amateur/professional astronomy that does it all. It has a long and solid track of excellence and breaks down into the following categories:

Hardware control

Control all your hardware through ASCOM or supported .dll:

CCD/CMOS Cameras
  • ASCOM
  • FLI
  • ATIK
  • SBIG
  • MORAVIAN
  • QSI
Video cameras
  • Imaging source
  • BASLER
  • ZWO
Focusers
  • ASCOM
  • OPTEC (Excellent quality products)
  • ATIK
  • FLI
  • FEATHER TOUCH
Filterwheels
  • ASCOM
  • ATIK
  • SBIG
  • FLI
Mounts
  • ASCOM supported mounts
  • ASTRO PHYSICS
  • EQMOD
  • 10 Microns (GM 1000-2000-4000)
  • NOVA 120 - 200

Domes/ Roll-off roofs
  • ASCOM
  • Dometracker Shelyak
  • SCOPEDOME
Cloud sensors
  • ASCOM
  • Sentinel Shelyak
  • Cloud sensor Cyanogen
  • AAGCloudSensor

Switches
  • ASCOM
  • IPX-800
  • IP 9258 (attention qualité de fabrication)
Guide cameras
  • ASCOM
  • Moravian CCD series G0 et G1 (mention speciale)
  • ST-I SBIG
  • Camera Atik
  • Imaging source IS (attention 8 bits seulement)
Acquisition
  • plate solve
  • Focus
  • Autoguide
  • Acquire light, darks, bias and flats

Pre-processing
Prism can pre-process your images, it can:
  • Acquire calibration frames ( Bias, Darks and flats)
  • Acquire dawn/dusk flats automatically using the manual menu or through the automatique observation
  • Pro-process your lights with darks, bias and flats
  • Create master clalibration files
  • Debayer one shot color images from dslrs and OSC cameras
Processing
Prism can process your lights:[/list]
  • Align using different methods
  • Stack using average, medial or Sigma-Kappa methods
  • logarithmic transformation or DDP
  • histogram stretching of your data
Conversion
  • Prism can batch or single convert your files into these formats: GIF, JPEGS, TIFF 8bit/16nit, PNG,BITMAP , RAW2
Scientific analysis
  • Astrometry: local or distant astrometry.net
  • Photometry
  • Comet discovery
  • supernova discovery
The list of features will be discussed in length when the tutorial videos of Prism are available online, stay tuned.

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