The CCD-Guide is a project of Astronomischer Arbeitskreis Salzkammergut (AAS) – Gahberg observatory (www.astronomie.at) in Austria. Every year since 1997, the CCD team of the observatory Gahberg publishes a new DVD which contains the best CCD and DSLR images of the AAS members. The total revenue from the sale of the DVD is used to assist the association and AAS projects.
The CCD-Guide is designed to assist astrophotographers in planning their imaging projects. Besides a huge number of reference images, the CCD-Guide contains software to find images, to view images and to obtain all necessary data. The newest release contains more than 3,700 reference images + 1,500 archive images of 53 astrophotographers.
The CCD-Guide includes an extensive deep sky object database including object data, based on 30 big standard catalogues. It provides easy search functionality for objects with simultaneous viewing of object data, image acquisition data and preview picture. Users can filter the images by different criteria, such as coordinates, object type, object size, constellation, catalogue, observer, camera, telescope or date. Users can create a slide show of selected images. You can input your own images including data to create your personal image archive and there is a planning function for your imaging projects.
The software requires minimal system requirements and is executable on all current Windows PCs (starting with Windows XP) without installation. You can order the new CCD-Guide 2017 at a price of 29 € + postage. All users of older CCD-Guide versions can buy an update for the new release 2017 at a price of 19 € + postage. You can learn more at www.ccdguide.com.