Every year the CCD-Guide team
publishes a new DVD, which assists astrophotographers in planning
their imaging projects. Besides a huge number of reference images
CCD-Guide contains a software to find images, to view images and to
obtain all necessary data. The newest release contains more than
4,000 reference images + 1,500 archive images of 53 astrophotographers.
At the moment we are working on the new release of our DVD
(CCD-Guide 2018), which will be published in early January 2018. If
you do not want to wait until January, you can still order the
old release (CCD-Guide 2017) at a price of 29 € +
postage. All users of older CCD-Guide versions can buy an update for the
release 2017 at a price of 19 € + postage.
CCD-Guide software 3.3:You can find a list
of the new software features below.
Simplified folder structure: The new folder
structure is based on a clear separation between master data (=
all data and all images which are delivered with CCD-Guide) and
user data (= all inputs and all images of the user). This
separation simplifies the process of creating a backup of your
own data, makes an update to future releases of CCD-Guide
easier, and offers a convenient possibility to switch between
different user databases.
Extended ‘>>>’ functionality: CCD-Guide 3.3
offers the possibility to use the ‘>>>’ functions (Planetarium,
Sky-map.org and Export to Planner) also in cases when you have
set an Objectname filter, but no datasets were found.
1 bug fixed
New features of version
542 new images
3 new astrophotographers:Michael Deger, Gabriele
Gegenbauer and Justin Kabaus.
CCD-Guide software 3.2:No
modifications of the software. The current release 3.2 runs very
CCD-Guide software 3.2:You can find a list
of the new software features below.
ListView for Browser improved: The procedure
to change the appearance of the main data table in the tab
Browser was significantly improved. It is now very easy to make
columns visible or invisible, to change the order and the width
of columns and to save all settings.
ListView in tabs Planner, EditObject and
The new ListView features for configuring the layout of the main
data table are now also available in the Planner tab, in the
EditObject tab and in the EditPicture tab.
QuickFilter: Previous releases of CCD-Guide
offered two possibilities to filter a main data table: the
ObjectnameFilter and the SetFilter. Additional to these two
filter types a new type is now introduced, the so called
QuickFilter. When you enter a search string into the edit field
of the QuickFilter, then only those data rows are shown which
contain this search string in one of the data fields. This is a
very fast and efficient way to reduce the number of data rows in
a main data table. QuickFilter is available in the tabs Browser,
Planner, EditObject and EditPicture.
Improved performance of ObjectBrowser:
Switching between ImageBrowser and ObjectBrowser is now much
faster than in the previous release.
Improved performance of SlideShow in Planner
Export CSV: The main data tables of the tabs
Planner, EditObject and EditPicture can be exported into a
Simplified button structure in Browser and Planner
CCD-Guide software 3.0: is a major software
release with many new features. See following points.
Set Filter in all tabs: Advanced
filter options are now available in all tabs. This was possible
by moving the old Set Filter tab into a new window, which can be
called in all tabs of CCD-Guide.
ObjectBrowser: The ImageBrowser tab
was renamed to Browser tab. The Browser tab contains now two
different modes: the ImageBrowser mode and the ObjectBrowser
mode. The ImageBrowser feature was already available in Release
2.0, but the ObjectBrowser mode is completely new. The
ObjectBrowser opens the possibility to browse through the object
data of all objects of the CCD-Guide database including the
usage of the advanced filter options of the Set Filter window.
Planner: The Planner tab was
completely reworked and is now much easier to use. The creation
of setups was moved to Edit Setup tab. The free space in Planner
tab was used to show a bigger preview image of the planner
image. The data grid of the Planner tab can show all planner
data rows of all of your setups in one table and you can filter
your planner data rows with new filter options.
New Set Filter features: The Set
Filter window has a new type of filter criteria, the so called
‘Planner Criteria’. With these criteria you can easily filter
your planner data rows. You can save and reload your filter
settings. This is very useful, if you create many complex and
New planetarium programs: In Release
2.1 you could open Cartes du Ciel, centred on an object which
was selected in the ImageBrowser. Release 3.0 gives you the
possibility to choose between the following planetarium
programs: Cartes du Ciel, Guide 8, Guide 9, The Sky6 Pro and The
SkyX Pro. The planetarium button is now not only available in
the ImageBrowser but also in the ObjectBrowser and in the
Link to sky-map.org: When you are
connected to the internet then you can use the new sky-map.org
button, which opens sky-map.org, centred on the selected object
in ImageBrowser, ObjectBrowser or Planner.
FOV Image in Planner: When you are
connected to the internet then you can use the new FOV Image
button to download an image from sky-map.org with the right
image field of your selected setup.
Export to Planner: The active object
in ImageBrowser or in ObjectBrowser can be easily exported to
Order of tabs: The order of tabs was
changed, so that the most important tabs come first. The new tab
sequence is: 1. Browser (ImageBrowser + ObjectBrowser); 2.
Planner; 3. Edit Setup; 4. Edit Object; 5. Edit Picture; 6.
Find Object: Find Object is now
easier to use. It is not necessary to enter a blank character
between the catalogue name and the catalogue number. (e.g: ‘ngc
1’ and ‘ngc1’ are allowed).
Sorting in data grids: By clicking
on the head of data columns you can sort the data grid. This
feature is now available in all tabs.
Import new comets: When you are
connected to the internet, then you can import new comets into
your object database from
Filter status is indicated: When a
filter is active on a data grid, then the active filter is
indicated by bold characters of the Set Filter button. When a
Find Object filter is active, then this active filter is
indicated by bold characters of the Find Object button.