AstroDSLR

AstroDSLR is digital camera tethering and remote capture application. Even if it is developed as a part of astrophotography suite, it can be used for daylight, macro or timelapse photography as well.

The built-in Canon camera driver is based on EDSDK 3.4 and supports the following hardware: EOS 1D Mark III, EOS 1Ds Mark III, EOS 1D Mark IV, EOS 1D C, EOS 1D X, EOS 1D X Mark II, EOS 5D Mark II, EOS 5D Mark III, EOS 5DS, EOS 5DS R, EOS 6D, EOS 7D, EOS 7D Mark II, EOS 40D, EOS 50D, EOS 60D, EOS 70D, EOS 80D, EOS 100D/Digital Rebel SL1/Kiss X7, EOS 450D/Digital Rebel Xsi/Kiss X2, EOS 500D/Digital Rebel T1i/Kiss X3, EOS 550D/Digital Rebel T2i/Kiss X4, EOS 600D/Digital Rebel T3i/Kiss X5, EOS 650D/Digital Rebel T4i/Kiss X6i, EOS 700D/Digital Rebel T5i/Kiss X7i, EOS 750D/Digital Rebel T6i/Kiss X8i EOS 760D/Digital Rebel T6s/EOS 8000D, EOS 1000D/Digital Rebel XS/Kiss F, EOS 1100D/Digital Rebel T3/Kiss X50, EOS 1200D/Digital Rebel T5/Kiss X70, EOS 1300D/Digital Rebel T6/Kiss X80, (with limitations also EOS M, EOS M2, EOS M3, EOS M10).

Also some unlisted Canon cameras may work with some limitations (e.g. no LiveView preview mode or no Bulb mode).

The built-in Nikon camera driver is based on Nikon SDK (MAID3.1) and supports the following hardware: Type 1 (D3, D300, D700, D300S, D3D), Type 2 (D3X), Type 3 (D90, D5000), Type 4 (D7000), Type 5 (D5100), Type 6 (D800, D800E), Type 7 (D4), Type 8 (D600, D610), Type 9 (D5200), Type 10 (D7100), Type 11 (D5300), Type 12 (Df), Type 13 (D4D), Type 14 (D810, D810A), Type 15 (D750), Type 16 (D5500), Type 17 (D7200), Type 18 (D5), Type 19 (Nikon1 V3), Type 20 (D500).

Other cameras may work in very basic tethering mode (everything should be set on the camera itself, but capture can be initiated from the application) with built-in ICA driver.

Please, make sure you tried your camera with AstroDSLR before purchase, that's why we offer trial period. This software contains a lot of 3rd party components and even if your camera is listed, we cannot guarantee, that it will work without limitation.

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.

In addition Shoestring Astronomy FCUSB focuser controller or any other focuser connected to any remote or local INDI server can be used as well.

Images are stored in FITS format using CFITSIO library with user defined keywords and optionally original images (JPEG or RAW) can be saved as well.

Even if it can be used separately, it is meant to be used together with AstroTelescope and AstroGuider. Application communicates over INDI protocol and it can be used to integrate with any INDI 3rd party application as well.

To run AstroDSLR you need Apple Mac running OS X 10.9 or later.

You can read Getting Started (Premiers pas) to learn more and if you will have any problem with some of our products do not hesitate to contact us on info@cloudmakers.eu, users group forum or INDI forum.

If you want to do the same with your cooled astro camera, you may want to check AstroImager as well. Read more »


To display captured and downloaded images in FITS format you may also need FITS Preview application. Read more »