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Qt capture software for astronomy, mainly planetary shooting.

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Supported Cameras

  • ZWO ASI Cameras
  • V4L2 (including DMK and Celestron Skyris)
  • QHY
  • FLIR/Point Grey via FlyCapture2 (all interfaces)
  • IIDC (including all FLIR/Point Grey FireWire and USB models)


  • Qt version >= 5.5
  • A recent boost library version (tested with 1.55 and above).
  • c++14 compliant compiler (tested with gcc >= 5 and clang)
  • OpenCV
  • boost (libboost-all-dev)
  • fxload (to load firmware on QHY cameras)
  • ccfits
  • libdc1394 (for IIDC driver)
  • FlyCapture2 SDK (for FLIR/Point Grey cameras)

Compile Howto

These are generic instructions, and assume you're already familiar with building a package from sources. If not, please try binary releases first.

mkdir build
cd build
make all && sudo make install

To enable a driver not enabled by default, add -DBUILD_DRIVER_xxxx=ON when calling cmake, where xxxx is the driver's name. Alternatively, one can also pass DEFAULT_ON as argument to add_driver() in driver's CMakeLists.txt file.

To run without installing, you must specify the drivers location as a parameter. E.g. when in build directory, use:

src/planetary_imager --drivers .

Please look at the main website for more information on compiling and developing PlanetaryImager.


If you installed PlanetaryImager from a precompiled package, just use your package manager to remove it.

If you installed PlanetaryImager from sources, just go to the source directory where you compiled it, and run the folowing:

cat install_manifest.txt  | while read file; do [[ -r $file ]] && ! [[ -d $file ]] && sudo rm -f $file; done

When compiling from sources, it is often advised to uninstall the previous version before installing the new one.

IIDC (libdc1394)

If you camera is not detected, you may need to use a newer version of libdc1394. In case of building the library on your own, the supported USB device ids are hard-coded in usb/control.c in usb_products[]. You can check your camera's VID/PID by calling lsusb, e.g. (for the Firefly MV camera):

Bus 002 Device 003: ID 1e10:2001 Point Grey Research, Inc.

FlyCapture2 (FLIR/Point Grey)

Installation of FlyCapture2 SDK is required (available from the FLIR website). On Windows, make sure to add the binaries directory to PATH (by default, C:\Program Files\Point Grey Research\FlyCapture2\bin64 or C:\Program Files (x86)\Point Grey Research\FlyCapture2\bin). On Linux, if your distribution does not use .deb package format (which is used by the SDK), simply unpack the packages manually. In any case, run the install script to create udev device rules.

When building from sources, make sure that the FC2_INCLUDE_DIR variable in src/drivers/flycapture2/CMakeLists.txt is set correctly.


Application Icon: Moon Mosaic by Marco Gulino. Toolbar/action icons: TWG Retina Display Icons, darkened and with a few customizations to add more actions. IIDC & FlyCapture2 drivers: Filip Szczerek (GreatAttractor).