As we noted earlier this year, SharpCap 4.1 has been released out of beta. One of the cool new features of the latest version release update is Planetary Live Stacking.
SharpCap is an easy-to-use and powerful astronomy camera capture tool that can be used with dedicated astronomy cameras, solar cameras, webcams and USB frame grabbers. A wide range of features makes SharpCap suitable for many types of astro-imaging including Planetary, Lunar, Solar, Deep Sky and EAA (Electronically Assisted Astronomy).
As the publisher notes, “Planetary imaging has always been a two stage or even three stage process – first capture videos of thousands of frames, then process those videos through your favorite stacking program and then quite likely take the resulting image into yet another application for sharpening. This new update lets all of that happen live while you are observing. The latest SharpCap 4.1 update (version 4.1.11351.0) contains the first release of this live planetary stacking feature, which allows you to stack and wavelet sharpen your planetary images within SharpCap while imaging. While you will never get quite the same quality as using a separate stacking program after capturing, the results are impressive and will be great for outreach, live broadcasts, etc.”
You can learn more about using SharpCap for Planetary Live Stacking here.
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