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Hi to all,
I'm a newbie on astrophotography and I'm ready to start this new experience using Linux B)
As mount I have an EQ6 and it would be full supported by INDI.
As autoguider I'll have a QHY 5L II mono and for the moment I'll use a Canon DSLR to take photo.

I would like to know which software are you suing to stack images and for darkframe subtraction under Linux.

Thanks in advance.
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you can try my OS Ubuntu Astronomy .
You can try my open project Astronomy Linux
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Ubuntu Astronomy contains these programs:

1. KStars is free, open source, cross-platform Astronomy Software. It provides an accurate graphical simulation of the night sky, from any location on Earth, at any date and time. Free. Supports INDI.

2. Cartes du Ciel / SkyCharts This program enables you to draw sky charts, making use of the data in many catalogs of stars and nebulae. In addition the position of planets, asteroids and comets are shown. Free. Supports INDI.

3. Virtual Moon Atlas. Free software for Moon observation or survey.

4. Virtual Planets Atlas. New free software for planets observation and study.

5. Xephem is a Motif based ephemeris and planetarium program for Unix-like operating systems. Supports INDI.

6. Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope. Free.

7. Celestia is free space simulation that lets you explore our universe in three dimensions. Free.

8. Siril is meant to be Iris for Linux (sirI-L). It is an astronomical image processing tool, able to convert, pre-process images, help aligning them automatically or manually, stack them and enhance final images. Free.

9. AstroImageJ is ImageJ with astronomy plugins and macros installed. It includes tools based on the Göttingen ImageJ astronomical resources with additions we find useful. Because it was necessary to modify the original ImageJ code to enable some of these features, this package should be installed in its entirety. Free.

10. MicroObservatory Image is a simple to use, yet powerful astronomical image processing program that works with FITS and GIF files. Free.

11. Lxnstack is a program designed to align and stack astronomical images (both planetary and deep-sky) by Maurizio D'Addona. Written in python and qt for the Linux platform it is released under the Open Source GPLv3 licence. Free.

12. Regim is a software tool for processing astronomical images. Free.

13. oaCapture is a planetary imaging application intended mainly for Linux. Free.

14. OpenSkyImager is a capture program written for Astronomy camera operation. Free.

15. CCDciel is a free CCD capture software intended for the amateur astronomer. Supports INDI.

16. THELI GUI is a powerful and easy-to-use package for astronomical image reduction, offering e.g. Free.

17. Observation Manager is a free and open logbook for (amateur-) astronomical observations. It's written in pure Java and runs on every platform supporting Java 1.4 or higher.

18. C-Munipack is the software package, which offers the complete solution for reduction of images carried out by CCD camera, intended on a observation of variable stars. Each step of reduction process can be run from the command line or via simple and intuitive graphical user interface.

19. VStar is a multi-platform, easy-to-use variable star observation visualisation and analysis tool. Data can be read from a file or the AAVSO database, light curves and phase plots created, period analysis performed, and filters applied. Plugins can be developed, e.g. to make additional observation sources available.

20. EqmodGui is a user interface for Linux INDI Eqmod telescope driver.
It allow to easily set the main parameters require to use this driver and manage the alignment data. Free. Supports INDI.

21. INDI Starter is a user interface to run a INDI server. You can configure different profile for your astronomical equipment. The INDI server can be launched locally or remotely on another computer. In this last case a ssh tunnel is established to allow local client connection. Free.

22. astrofocuser is a very simple tool written with Qt 4.5 to help star focusing in astrophotogaphy. This tool applies an FWHM by transparency on the background window. Free.

23. Fv: The Interactive FITS File Editor is the easy to use graphical program for viewing and editing any FITS format image or table. Fv can be used with the DS9 image display.Free.

24. SAOImage DS9 is an astronomical imaging and data visualization application. DS9 supports FITS images and binary tables, multiple frame buffers, region manipulation, and many scale algorithms and colormaps. It provides for easy communication with external analysis tasks and is highly configurable and extensible via XPA and SAMP. Free.

25. Aperture Photometry Tool (APT) is software for astronomical research, as well as for learning, visualizing and refining aperture-photometry analyses. Image overlays, graphical representations, statistics, models, options and controls for aperture-photometry calculations are brought together into a single package. Free.

26. Linux version of PHD2.
PHD2 is telescope guiding software that simplifies the process of tracking a guide star, letting you concentrate on other aspects of deep-sky imaging or spectroscopy. Free.

27. Lin-guider is an astronomical autoguiding program for Linux. It supports Philips, Logitech, uvc webcams, QHY5, QHY6, DSI2PRO, QHY5L-II-M, QHY5L-II-C, QHY5-II, ATIK, Starlight Xpress, ZWO ASI astrocams for video and FTDI chip-based, parallel port-based (LPT), GPIO-based, GPUSB devices, Nexstar-protocol based and QHY5, QHY6, QHY5L-II-M, QHY5L-II-C, QHY5-II, ATIK, Starlight Xpress, ZWO ASI astrocams for pulse guiding. Free.

28. AstroAviBrowser is a small tool for astronomy imaging processing. With AstroAviBrowser, you may open a video file, select the good frames and save the new sequence in a new avi file. It also debayer your raw sequences. Free.

29. Audela is a free and open source astronomy software intended for digital observations (CCD cameras, Webcams, etc.). Its concept is entirely new, because whilst it features advanced image processing and acquisition functions like existing software, its originality lies in the fact that it is entirely reprogrammable using simple scripts. It has been written for both Windows and Linux platforms and can control many telescope mounts and cameras or DSLRs. Free.

30. HNSKY for LINUX or HNSKY is a full feature planetarium program for Windows and Linux (under development). Contains 30.000 deep sky objects, a comet and asteroid database and the TYCHO2++ 4.5 million star database up to magnitude 12.5. The Sun, Moon, the planets and their major moons are all displayed with surface features. It is supplied with hundreds of DSS deep sky images which will blend in at the correct size and orientation.

31. SER Player is a video player for playing LuCam Recorder SER files. SER files are used for planetary, lunar and solar captures and this player allows these captures to be viewed in the same way AVI files are viewed with a standard video player.
SER Player also supports basic processing and will save frames in other file formats.

32. cvastroalign (video align tool for astrophotography) is a program that loads a video sequence, aligns and stacks the selected frames obtaining an image as result of this process.

33. Aladin is an interactive sky atlas allowing the user to visualize digitized astronomical images or full surveys, superimpose entries from astronomical catalogues or databases, and interactively access related data and information from the Simbad database, the VizieR service and other archives for all known astronomical objects in the field.

34. Gpredict is a real-time satellite tracking and orbit prediction application. It can track an unlimited number of satellites and display their position and other data in lists, tables, maps, and polar plots (radar view). Gpredict can also predict the time of future passes for a satellite, and provide you with detailed information about each pass.

35. GCX is an astronomical image processing and photometry application written in C using Gtk+-1.2, and provided under the Gnu General Public License. It was tested on Linux, FreeBSD and OS/X (using the X Window System

36. Entangle provides a graphical interface for “tethered shooting”, aka taking photographs with a digital camera completely controlled from the computer.

37. wxAstroCapture is a free capture program primarily intended for astronomical use, it is developed as a joint effort between Martin Burri (Switzerland) and Carsten Arnholm (Norway).

38. Geomview is an interactive 3D viewing program for Unix. Geomview lets you view and manipulate three- and higher-dimensional objects, and can also be used as a display engine by other programs to animate objects. Geomview supports OpenGL and uses a Motif X interface.

39. TOPCAT is an interactive graphical viewer and editor for tabular data. Its aim is to provide most of the facilities that astronomers need for analysis and manipulation of source catalogues and other tables, though it can be used for non-astronomical data as well. It understands a number of different astronomically important formats (including FITS, VOTable and CDF) and more formats can be added.

40. GoQat is a hardware control and data acquisition program for astronomy on the Linux platform. It has an INDI client to control any device with an INDI driver and has native support for any CCD camera from Quantum Scientific Imaging and any Starlight Xpress USB 2.0 camera. It can also control Starlight Xpress filter wheels. GoQat can guide mounts via a serial/USB port, parallel port or autoguider port.

41. Where is M13? is a unique application that helps you visualize the locations and physical properties of deep sky objects in and around the Galaxy.

42. BoPlanets is a virtual planetarium showing the planets relatively to any observing planet. The planets can be viewed in ecliptical-, equatorial- or horizontal view. The times of rise, transit and set of a planet can be determined.

43. JSky package contains java classes for displaying astronomical images, searching astronomical
catalogs and plotting catalog symbols on images. The jskycat application is also included and makes use of most of the features.

44. Specview is a Java GUI_based application for 1-D spectral visualization and analysis of astronomical spectrograms generated by a variety of observatories and instruments.

45. INDIprop provides a generic user interface for browsing device properties published by an INDI server.

46. AstRawDark helps you manage your astrophotography dark frames library and generate quality master darks by selecting dark frames with temperature matching the lights you have to pre-process

47. Coriander is the Linux graphical user interface (GUI) for controlling a Digital Camera through the IEEE1394 bus (aka FireWire, or iLink). Coriander is full featured and besides changing the parameters of the camera it will also let you record video, send images to an FTP site, convert the video to a V4L stream,... A live display is of course provided too.

48. Digital Universe, developed by the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium, incorporates data from dozens of organizations worldwide to create the most complete and accurate 3-D atlas of the Universe from the local solar neighborhood out to the edge of the observable Universe.

49. Gaia Sky is a real-time, 3D, astronomy visualisation software that runs on Windows, Linux and OS X. It is developed in the framework of ESA's Gaia mission to chart about 1 billion stars of our Galaxy in the Gaia group of the Astronomisches Rechen-Institut (ZAH, Universität Heidelberg).

50. GIMP v.2.9.5 is a cross-platform image editor available for GNU/Linux, OS X, Windows and more operating systems. It is free software, you can change its source code and distribute your changes.

51. ImPPG performs Lucy-Richardson deconvolution, unsharp masking, brightness normalization and tone curve adjustment. It can also apply previously specified processing settings to multiple images. All operations are performed using 32-bit floating-point arithmetic.

52. Munipack is a free open source tool which aim is to be a software eye of an astronomer.
Munipack's goal is to implement easy-to-use tools for all astronomical astrometry and photometry, access to Virtual observatory as well as FITS files operations and even more.

53. nip2 aims to be about halfway between Excel and Photoshop. You don't directly edit images --- instead, like a spreadsheet, you build relationships between objects. You enter formula (or select menu items) to describe how to make a new object from some of the objects you already have. nip2 keeps track of these relationships: if you make a change anywhere, nip2 automatically recalculates anything affected by the change.

54. ORBDET may be used to determine the orbits of minor bodies in the planetary system and the orbits of artificial Earth satellites and of space debris.

55. Qastrocam-g2: Linux modified webcam capture software for astronomy. This project is a fork from the great Qastrocam, written by F. Sicard (qastrocam.sourceforge.net/).

56. QFitsView is a FITS file viewer similar to SAOimage, DS9, and the like. It was written using the cross-platform QT library and thus runs under Microsoft Windows as well as many flavors of UNIX and MAC OS-X.

57. Stackistry implements the lucky imaging principle of astronomical imaging: creating a high-quality still image out of a series of many (possibly thousands) low quality ones (blurred, deformed, noisy). The resulting image stack typically requires post-processing, including sharpening (e.g. via deconvolution). Such post-processing is not performed by Stackistry.

58. Ginga is a toolkit designed for building viewers for scientific image data in Python, visualizing 2D pixel data in numpy arrays. It can view astronomical data such as contained in files based on the FITS (Flexible Image Transport System) file format. It is written and is maintained by software engineers at the Subaru Telescope, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan.

59. GuLinux Planetary Imager is Qt capture software for astronomy, mainly planetary shooting. Currently this application supports only QHY based cameras, mainly QHY5IIm-L (the one I had until a few months ago). It also has support for V4L compliant cameras, and initial support for ZWO ASI cameras.

60. DCD is a client program compatible with the INDI standard (see indi.sourceforge.net) for remote telescope and device control. It works under Windows as well as Linux. It is writen in Python and uses the GTK in order to display the GUI.

61. Corrida is an application for archivation of meteor observations
You can try my open project Astronomy Linux
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Hi Oleg,
I'm already using Linux on my PC (Kubuntu) and I already installed all INDI package successfully.

What I'll need to know is which software can be used under Linux in order to stack images, subtract dark frames and so on...

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You can try the THELI GUI .
You can try my open project Astronomy Linux
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I use AstroImageJ (multiplataform) www.astro.louisville.edu/software/astroimagej/

It provides advanced aligning and stacking features.

It also have an active mailing list, where the may software maintainer (Karen Collins) usually helps a lot.
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Just be warned. It can be quite challenging to get Theli built as it is still based on qt3.
It took me one day to get it running. And it is also very resource hungry. If I remember correctly
it took more than 100GB temporary space to stack/align/photometry about 70 canon raws (~20MB each).
So far Theli looks and feels very professional and has a lot of tools, but some of them seem not to work corrently (imalyzer).
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For 'dark subtraction' and other data reduction, I'm using python and ccdproc . You can write scripts to automate that sort of stuff. Its a waste of time doing it manually...
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