The light version of the software, with less features available, provides a less expensive alternative for individuals looking to begin using PRISM at a lower price point.
PRISM Light allows the same degree of control of all telescope hardware (cameras, telescopes and accessories) as the full version, but it has a more limited set of processing features and image analysis functions.
With the PRISM Light version of the software you can make beautiful pictures of the sky, but you will not be able to perform more professional analytical work with your images.
Finally, the light version does not support script execution or implementation of automated observation sessions.
For a list of "light" version enabled/disabled functions, refer to the following PRISM menu screen-shots. All grayed menus tells that the function is not enabled . In total, it has hundreds of functions less compared to the full version.
The software installation is performed from the same installer file, either full version or light version. The product software number, which is issued to the user after purchase, determines which version of the software and which features will be available to the user. If desired, upgrade from "light version" to "full version" can be achieved later on, please refer to the pricing page.
Below are screen shots of the menu functions that are grayed out and do not work with "light" version. For the menu related to "color images processing" : no functions are disabled for PRISM "light version"
Please do not hesitate to ask us to figure out which feature is been disabled or not, or for any questions you may have. Feel free to ask.
Features not available for the light version
* All features related to image spectroscopic analysis * Automatic observation (runs all the observatory while you are sleeping!) * All features related to pointing model * Asteroid / comet auto discovery function * All features related to photometric analysis * Auto plate solving works, but measurements and reports are disabled * Comet / asteroid shift and add, and auto plate solving disabled * Program script disabled * Advanced preprocession functionss (Sigma Kappa, Drizzle and image morphing) * Manual synthetic flat builder * All features related to CCD test and characterisation * Image mosa´c * All Sky plate solving for image position retrievial * All features related to cube (or three axis) images * Fourier operations * Functions related to image quality inspection * Mount periodic error analysis * King polar alignement wizard * Observatory switches management * 3rd CCD camera * Plate solved image to be included into skymap * Object list observing list manager * All field Star catalog extraction and creation feature * Image filtering images * All photometric modeling features * Image quality, collimation and distorsion modeling * Advanced centroid (Moffat, or HDF) * Encircled energy function * Blooming removal on images * Skymap satellites position/motion display