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Home Forums Observing and Imaging Group Astrophotography: software capture tools for Nikon users

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  • #13007

    Tej
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    I see a lot of members and forum guests proudly owning a Nikon DSLR.   General perception on using Nikon for astrophotography is that there is not much software support and in particular no free or inexpensive capture software as there is available for Canon DSLR cameras.  So I thought I search and see what is out there and if that perception is unwarranted.

     

    I cant find any free software.  So that side of things seem true. However…

     

    Backyard EOS is a popular capture software for both planetary and deep space imaging on the Canon but it seems they recently released a version for Nikon called BackyardNikon.  Its not free but at $50 its not that expensive either methinks.  Maybe worth checking out for Nikon users, particular for planetary Liveview capture as that is hardly supported on Nikon cameras elsewhere.  They do a 14 day demo.  Seems very new, so new that they forgot to change some references to Canon to Nikon!

     

    https://www.otelescope.com/index.php?/store/product/4-backyardnikon-10-premium-edition/

     

    Any more recommended software for Nikon users?  Both free or paid?

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    #13009

    souls33k3r
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    digicamcontrol is another one

    #13010

    Tej
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    digicamcontrol is another one

     

    Good find.  That looks to be a good equivalent to Canon EOS utilities software that I use for all of my normal and deep space photography (and timelapses).  But it doesnt have the Liveview recording feature if Nikon users want to do planetary imaging.   There is a free software I use for my Canon, called EOS Camera Video Recorder.  The only software I see that do this on Nikon, is the very new BackyardNikon ($50) that I mentioned last post and Image Plus ($245).

     

     

     

    #13014

    Mike Meynell
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    Interesting… looks like I’ll have to re-write my astrophotography presentation… it’s no longer cheaper to buy a second-hand Canon!

    I moved over to Canon when I returned to astrophotography about 6 or 7 years ago… as Nikon’s just weren’t up to the task. Part of the reason for this was that, for RAW files, Nikons applied a mathematical median blurring filter to their images as part of a noise reduction procedure, even before the RAW image was written to file.

    The upshot of this was that Nikons treated stars as “noise”… which is obviously not much use to astrophotographers!

    This can now be turned off… but it couldn’t be turned off previously.

    As a result, Canon stole a march on Nikon for astrophotography, which is why so much software was developed for Canon in the astrophotography arena. I don’t think there is much to choose between the two formats nowadays… but the software issue remains.

    However, it does look like this is now being addressed. I won’t be swapping back though!

    #13016

    souls33k3r
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    I agree … there isn’t much real difference nowadays between the two. Like Tej & your good self mentioned last night, keep hold of that DSLR, master that and make it a challenge. Cloudy nights like last night will give you plenty of data to play around with

    #13018

    Andy Sawers
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    Nikons treated stars as “noise”… which is obviously not much use to astrophotographers!

    Ha! That’s brilliant! Reminds me of the (apocryphal) tale about the censors in a Far East country who decided that The Sound of Music was far too long a film – so they cut out all the songs.

    #13019

    Mike Meynell
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    so they cut out all the songs

    I think that’s something we can all support 😉

    #13020

    Tej
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    No way, Mike, the songs were just a few of my favourite things!

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 2 months ago by  Tej.
    #13021

    Andy Sawers
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    Yellow card, Mike! Yellow card!

    #13024

    Mike Meynell
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    Oops… I’ve clearly crossed a line here.

    Should have known better than to upset Sound of Music fans. Vicious bunch they are 😉

    Doh.

    (a deer).

    My apologies 🙂

    #13025

    Andy Sawers
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    Tej! Get a red card for Mike, please! Crumbs, he’s already had about 16 of these, going on 17!

    Now can we please get back to proper astronomy? In particular, the vexed question of the less-cratered parts of the lunar surface? So – How do we solve a problem like maria?

    #13026

    Andy Sawers
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    And how do you hold a moonbeam in your hand?

    #13027

    Mike Meynell
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    Now can we please get back to proper astronomy? In particular, the vexed question of the less-cratered parts of the lunar surface? So – How do we solve a problem like maria?

    Quite right. Fully support that. The Mare are there so you don’t have to climb every Montes.

    😉

    #13029

    Tej
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    Tej! Get a red card for Mike, please! Crumbs, he’s already had about 16 of these, going on 17!

     

    I cant find any, Mike’s got them all!

     

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    </span>Now can we please get back to proper astronomy? In particular, the vexed question of the less-cratered parts of the lunar surface? So – How do we solve a problem like maria?

     

    Where were we?  Nikon software?…I have no idea how to make a smooth transition back on that topic! I dont even have a Nikon.  Trust us Canon users to destroy this thread, I think we all deserve a red card!

     

    #13031

    souls33k3r
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    On you go to your naughty corners…  I’ve heard about you canon vultures but seen you lot for the first time  blasting us Nikon owners to smithereens 😛

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