My “Imaging Software Survey” post isn’t finished, and I’m not even sure if it will be useful when it is… but since Leo has linked to it, here’s what I’m trying to do with it.
I have evaluated a lot of imaging software. I bought a lot of imaging software. I have used it all and for my purposes, Voyager is the best match for my needs. It’s the most reliable software I’ve used - I’m getting data all night when I run it. Everything else I tried worked some nights, but too many nights there were problems with guiding, meridian flip, focus, etc. and I would only get data from a couple of hours instead of all night.
One of the time consuming parts of evaluating software is understanding what it can and can’t do. I had a list of “must-have” features. People have different lists - someone wants to use PHD2 for guiding as a Must-have. Someone else wants to use Maxim DL. Another person doesn’t want to buy Maxim. Etc. etc.
With this “Imaging Software Survey,” my initial goal was to make it easier to determine what other software and hardware was supported or required by each package, so people could narrow down their choices.
I had another goal - to get Voyager more into the evaluation process. I am amazed at two things with Voyager - how well it works, and how little it is known in the English speaking astro photography world. It deserves to be considered many more times than it is currently. I can’t force it on people - and of course I don’t want to - but I do think if people see what it can do, more people will try it. And if they try it, they will keep using it. I have no financial interest in Voyager - just an interest in helping people find such a good package.
So far my thoughts are to not make subjective comments about the imaging software packages, but to just list objective facts about them so people can choose what to investigate further. I don’t know if that will be useful or not. People like opinions and even controversy. But as I said, this is still a project in flight, and I don’t even know if I will finish or publicize it.
But that’s what it’s about