The Advanced Imaging Catalog

CCDNavigator uses "The Advanced Imager Catalog" which consists of objects imaged by some of the world's best imagers and includes a thumbnail of each object. Thus, you know in advance if an object will make an interesting photo.  


The Advanced Imager Catalog is comprised of images from the following astrophotographers:

The Deep Sky Explorer Catalog

For those wishing to explore lesser-known objects, CCDNavigator compiles many well-known catalogs into one searchable database. Explore an additional 28,000 objects using the included NASA Deep Sky Survey plate images from 28 celestial catalogs.


  • Abell Galaxy Clusters (ABELL)
  • Abell Planetary Nebula (A)
  • Arp Peculiar Galaxies (ARP)
  • Barnard Dark Nebula (B)
  • Berkeley Open Clusters (BER)
  • Caldwell Catalog (C)
  • Cederblad Bright Diffuse Nebula (CED)
  • Dunlop Catalog (D)
  • Gum HII Regions (GUM)
  • Herschel 400 Catalog (HER)
  • Hickson Compact Galaxy Groups (HCG)
  • Index Catalog (IC)
  • Lynds Bright Nebula (LBN)
  • Lynds Dark Nebula (LDN)
  • MASH Planetary Nebula (G)
  • Messier Catalog (M)
  • Melotte Open Clusters (MEL)
  • Mandel-Wilson Integrated Flux Catalog (MW)
  • New General Catalog (NGC)
  • Palomar Globulars (PAL)
  • Perek-Kohoutek Planetary Nebula (PK)
  • Planetary Nebula (PNG)
  • Quasars (3C)
  • Sharpless HII Regions (SH2)
  • Galactic SNR Catalog (SNR)
  • Terzan Globular Clusters (TER)
  • Van Den Bergh Reflection Nebula (VDB)
  • Selected PGC, UGC and MCG galaxies

Advanced Management of Your Imaging Sessions

After selecting targets for a session, you can adjust the real-time allocation of each and see the total session plan graphically or in text format. The exposure and LRGB sequence type can be varied for each target so you can “tune” the session for the targets and your system.


Export and import lists of targets for future imaging sessions. This lets you quickly re-establish a session for targets from a prior imaging session by placing them at the same exact position and rotation angle as previously used. The "In FOV" feature lets you find out what other objects will be captured in your camera's field-of-view when you image a target. Clicking on a thumbnail will provide a list of all objects within your camera's field-of-view (including camera angle). Maintain a personal list of targets ("Favorites") that is checked by CCDNavigator. If a target in the Favorites list is available for imaging, the user is alerted. There are easy controls for adding targets and editing the list plus the catalog database can be supplemented. Your site location and camera system information can be saved and later retrieved so you can easily switch between different locations and equipment configurations. Site location can be imported from TheSky6.

Export your Imaging Plan

CCDNavigator will export your imaging plan into popular image automation programs:

For those not using automation programs, CCDNavigator exports plans for:

  • CCDSoft by Software Bisque
  • MaxImDL version 4 and 5 by Diffraction Limited



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