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Introducing CCDAutoPilot 5.0

Rewritten to offer new features and functions, CCDAutoPilot 5.0 expands its signature qualities of ease-of-use, power and flexibility to allow you to get the most productivity and quality data from your imaging equipment. Whether for science or aesthetic imaging, CCDAutoPilot gives you the tools you need to optimize your imaging system and then obtain data and calibration frames throughout the evening with full automation. CCDAutoPilot interfaces with most major programs for controlling cameras, guiders, mounts, focusers, rotators and domes as well as accepting inputs from systems such as cloud sensors and other control systems.

See the introduction tutorial below for more detail.


Easy to Install and Setup

Starting with you defining your equipment and software, CCDAutoPilot leads you through an initialization process that tells CCDAutoPilot about your equipment. After a few minute Initialization process, your system is able to point to a target anywhere in the sky, on either side of the meridian, at any angle of rotation and your guiding will be calculated accordingly by CCDAutoPilot for exceptional guiding performance.

Concurrent Session Editing

By using a relational database, a session can be modified while it is running! This allows you to get started as soon as possible and fine-tune the session while underway. You can even change the number of exposures for a given series while that series is in process during the session.

Flexible, Powerful Target Management

New in version 5, a relational database is used for target locations, data and calibration frame definition. By separating the evening’s session into phases, you specify your target's data acquisition phase and use the remaining available times and phases for calibration frames. Target coordinates can be obtained or imported from a number of sources or easily entered manually. Also new are data and calibration templates that further simplify data acquisition. Also new is goal-oriented imaging, where you decide how many frames you wish to obtain for a given target and you specify the quality. CCDAutoPilot will assess the data during the session and report which and how many frames met your acceptance criteria.

Multiple Targets and Mosaics

CCDAutoPilot 5.0 Professional adds new multi-target and mosaic capabilities perfect for an unlimited number of targets for astrophotography and survey work. With its powerful importers, you can easily create target lists from a wide variety of applications. Complex Mosaics are achieved with one click, providing anyone the ability to take wonderful wide field images with very narrow field equipment.

Automatic Measurement Tools

CCDAutoPilot 5.0 includes automated tools to measure your camera's gain and read noise, your sky glow and color combine ratio (G2V ratio). and now, Automatic Filter Focus Offsets*, all at the click of a button. Extinction-corrected combine ratios* are calculated for you automatically. You can characterize your camera system's performance to determine your minimum sub-exposure, number of darks and operating temperature.
* Professional Edition only

Find out More

Click on the demonstration above to learn more about the ease of use and power of CCDAutoPilot 5.0. Also, review the complete help file online.


Quick and Easy to Setup
Image Single or Multiple Targets
Flexible Session Options
Automatic and Run All Observatory Functions
Keep Perfect Focus All Night Long
Automatic Auto-Guiding and Tracking
Options, Tools, Wizards and Customizations to Match Your Workflow

From users...

I have recently started using CCDAutoPilot 5 for my remote imaging based at
Astrocamp in Spain. This software is awesome. Having stored the parameters, creating a routine is simple, turning my system from remote imaging to true robotic imaging. It orchestrates all the other software (e.g. TheSkyX, MaxIm DL, main and guide cameras, focusing) - so in the morning I have many hours of data in the can, combined with all the required calibration frames. Not only that, those difficult sky flats are perfect. Oh....now I get to do imaging and sleep at the same time, can't be bad.
-Chris Baker, U.K.


From the beta testers...

CCDAutoPilot 5 is truly the next generation of imaging automation. It’s simple yet powerful workflow make it the perfect solution for a one button start to a complete night of imaging. With all the tools and options available CCDAP5 makes complex tasks effortless allowing you to reach your imaging goals no matter how easy or difficult they may be. It is almost like CCDAP5 was written just for me and I am sure that after you try it, you will feel the same as I do.
-Ken Crawford, CA, USA

"Truth be told, astroimaging is a LOT of work.  CCDAutopilot 5 makes it all fun again. To take great images, so many things have to go right.  CCDAP5 makes sure that they do.   I use to spend so much time and energy setting everything up and then watching it like a hawk.  Now, my setup takes just minutes and I get to focus most of my time on processing the images CCDAP5 captured for me.    Sleep, it’s not overrated. CCDAP5 lets me work all night AND get a good night’s sleep!"
- Jonathan Burnett, FL, USA

"CCDAtoPilot 5 is one of those rare software upgrades that reward the user with significantly enhanced functionality while actually simplifying the user experience and improving application performance."
- Wes Stauffer, CA, USA