M27 Planetary Nebula – Sony IMX224

M27 Dumbbell Nebula – Various 5-15 sec exposures at various gain settings. Sony IMX224 and TV-85 at F/5.6.

On this night, after dusting off all the equipment and finding out what still worked and updating my laptop the night before, I decided to play around with a new version of ToupSky I just installed while updating all the hardware drivers and astro software I use.

The version date was Oct 11, 2018, the same day I downloaded and installed it.   They’ve included lots more with this version than they did previously.     ToupSky still lacks 16-bit support for most file formats, however, which is why I still use SharpCap 2.9.

Dark subtraction and flat field correction is now in the public release as well as a number of other bonuses.   Before, you would get these features only with software included with a camera from various companies who resell the ToupTech cameras  (like RisingSky.)

Anyway, this image was created with various Live Stack images I did while testing this new ToupSky version.   It is good for beginners, but the lack of 16-bit support for TIFF and other formats that can do 16-bit really degrades from the usefulness of the package for serious imaging.

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