AstroDSLR is an application similar to AstroImager, an easy to use tool for astrophotography, but intended for use with DSLR cameras.
AstroDSLR controls ISO, aperture (if lens mounted), shutter speed, exposure compensation, metering and focusing modes, white balance, image quality and format and BULB exposure length. It can preview (optionally using LiveView) or capture and save images to selected folder with any file name prefix, count and time lapse, browse captured images and show them in Finder, zoom and stretch them automatically or manually. It can measure FWHM and the drift of a selected star to help easier and faster focus and align your equatorial telescope mount. Captured images can be plate-solved using public astrometry.net service or local Astrometry for OS X application.
Even if it can be used separately, it is meant to be used together with AstroTelescope and AstroGuider. Application communicates over INDI/INDIGO protocol and it can be used to integrate with any INDI/INDIGO 3rd party application as well.
The built-in INDIGO driver is based on ImageCapture API and, in theory, it can work with almost any Nikon DSLR, Canon EOS DSLR (but not EOS M or DIGIC II and older cameras), Sony Alpha DSLR-like or mirrorless camera. Not every feature is supported for every camera (e.g. no LiveView or manual lens drive with older Nikon and all Sony cameras), but it doesn't mean, that such camera can't be used. As far as this application is based on INDIGO framework, it can use many INDIGO or INDI drivers for focusers for astronomical telescopes which can be easily adapted to control manual focus lenses or macro rails. The drivers for Shoestring Astronomy FCUSB and USB_Focus V3 controllers are bundled with the application.
AstroDSLR is developed and/or tested with Nikon (D70, D90, D3000, D5100, D5600, D750, D850), Canon (1000D, 600D, 6D), Sony (A5000, A7, A7S, A7RII) and other. Nevertheless, even with the best effort we can’t test all cameras, so please download a trial version and test it with your camera before buy it! If it will not work, let us know, maybe we can still help you and fix it.
To run AstroDSLR you need Apple Mac running OS X 10.11 or later.
- bug fixes (bulb mode and Canon cameras, LiveView mode and Nikon D3 and D300 cameras),
- LiveView support for some Sony Alpha cameras added,
- INDIGO framework updated to 2.0.70
Ratings and Reviews
Can not get live view on Nikon D750
The app seems to be very laggy and I can not get live view to work on this app. Please fix and I will re-rate this app. For now seems like a waste of money
Please contact us by e-mail and we'll try to help you. D750 was used for development and definitely do work including live view.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.