WebCamScheinern and The Imaging Source Astro-Cam

Blogged by Xiao Sun on December 16, 2009 and tagged with Software for Windows.

The Imaging Source astronomy cameras work with many cool astronomy softwares ranging from guiding to image acquisition and processing. The image below is the screenshot of WebCamScheinern, or WCS in short, which helps astronomy amateurs to polar align their mounts using the drift alignment method with the assistance of CCD or Webcam.

The software is developed by Wolfgang Ruthner based in Austria. The idea is to measure the star drift of an inaccurately aligned mount using a webcam, and to calculate the amount of polar axis misalignment. The error in polar azimuth and polar elevation can be adjusted very quickly, even if Polaris is not visible

For more info on this program, visit