a project of Astronomischer Arbeitskreis Salzkammergut

The CCD Guide

Every year a new version of the CCD-Guide is published. In addition to more than 4,600 high-resolution reference images of 53 astrophotographers, the CCD Guide also contains software that enables easy search and display of the astrophotos including extensive image data. Astrophotographers benefit from the diverse functions for object planning. We encourage all those interested in astronomy to select suitable objects from the CCD-Guide and to find and photograph them in the sky themselves and compare their images with the reference images of the CCD-Guide team.

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CCD-Guide Browser

The CCD-Guide Browser allows access to all astrophotos of the image database and to all object data of the object database. In the ImageBrowser mode, a preview image as well as the object and exposure data are displayed for each image. A double click on the preview image opens the image viewing software ObjectViewer, with which the images can not only be viewed but also analyzed in detail, because almost all deepsky astrophotos are solved astrometrically. The very large number of image datasets and object datasets can be easily reduced to a manageable number by using filters. The images can be restricted by object-related criteria such as coordinates, object type or object size as well as by image-related criteria such as photographer, camera, telescope or date. Thus very complex search queries are possible and the result of the filtering can be viewed in a slideshow in full screen mode.

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The Browser is a feature of CCD-Guide that does not only appeal to astrophotographers, but can also be useful for anyone doing research on objects and looking for image material, or for anyone who simply enjoys viewing and browsing good astrophotos.

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You can order the CCD guide easily as software download or as usb dongle with shipping directly at this online shop.