Hyperion Astronomy Prism Astrophotography Software

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    • Mount, CCD Camera, and  Observatory control
    • Image Calibration, Stacking, and Processing
    • Plate Solving (Auto Alignment)
    • Auto Focus
    • Fully Automated Imaging Sessions
    • Compatible with Windows 7, 8, or 10

    Hyperion Astronomy Prism Astrophotography Software

    PRISM Software Videos

    Whether you're a novice or an advanced astro-imager, Prism Pro is an all-inclusive software program that provides the ideal solution for all your astro imaging needs. Developed over 20 years, Prism Pro can control either a portable telescope or a fixed observatory. All of your devices are controlled by native code or the ASCOM interface.

    Prism Pro features a fully integrated planetarium Sky Chart, allowing you to design your observing sessions using a variety of both star and deep sky object catalogs. It supports most CCD cameras and Canon DSLRs, making capturing images a simple task. Prism Pro also comes with features like autofocusing and auto-centering where other astronomy programs do not.

    Prism Pro has a completely automatic observation function that does it all for you including opening the dome or roof, camera cooling, and image capture. It will also warm up the camera, park the telescope, and shut the roof or dome. It will even keep an eye on your weather station or cloud sensor to assure that you'll be able to observe as much as possible with your imaging system.

    Following capture, Prism will calibrate, stack and fully process your images. Advanced tools provide easy identification of your finest images. Advanced tools for photometry as well as asteroids and comets are also included.

    Polar alignment is a simple procedure accomplished using the King or Drift methods. Plus, Prism's pointing model capability will make sure your mount is never off-target.

    Prism Pro also features a robust, user-friendly scripting language which allows you to write your own scripts for sequences or processing functions.

    Version Description

    Advanced - $499.00

    Professional - $349.00

    Lite - $149.00

    Capable of running two simultaneous telescopes and guiding at the same time, the advanced version is capable of cosmetic and scientific imaging. Packed with professional observatory functions, it will provide the user with the ultimate all-in-one software available to amateurs today. This version contains all the features included in both the Lite and Professional versions as well.

    Custom-tailored solution for the demanding astronomer, the professional version drives your entire observatory with arcsecond accuracy night after night with reliability and high repeatability. The included powerful automation simplifies the most daunting tasks so one can focus on what is most important. This version contains all the features available in the Lite version.

    A mobile imaging setup requires a matching flexible software solution. Equipped with a detailed sky-chart, imaging, guiding, focusing and plate solving and pre-processing capabilities, the Lite version is the perfect companion in the field.


    Advanced Functions Y N N
    Adaptive Optics Control Y Y N
    Astrometric Reduction Y Y N
    Autocentering Y Y Y
    Autofocusing Y Y Y
    Autoguiding Y Y Y
    Automatic Asteroid and Comet Discovery Y Y N
    Automatic Imaging Multiple Targets Y Y N
    AVI File Processing Y Y Y
    Batch File Processing Y Y N
    Image Blinking Y Y Y
    Canon DSLR Support Y Y Y
    CCD Camera Characterization Y N N
    Cloud Sensor Integration Y Y N
    Dithering Y Y Y
    Dome/Observatory Control Y Y N
    Download DSS Images Y Y Y
    Easy Image Sequence Capture Y Y Y
    Embed images into Sky Map Y Y Y
    Exo-Planet Detection Y Y N
    Extensive Catalogs Y Y Y
    Filter Wheel Y Y Y
    Find Scope Anywhere Y Y N
    Find Scope Position – All Sky Y Y Y
    GPS Y Y N
    Image Grid Y Y Y
    Image Stacking Y Y Y
    Imaging Limiting Magnitude Y Y N
    Mount Control Y Y Y
    Observatory Startup and Shutdown Y Y N
    Telescope Optics Testing Y Y N
    Periodic Error Correction (PEC) Y Y N
    Photometry Y Y N
    Plate Solving Y Y Y
    Pointing Model Y Y N
    Polar Alignment Assistance Y Y Y
    Scientific Camera Control (FLI, SBIG, QSI, ASCOM) 3 2 1
    Scripting Y Y N
    Select Best Images Y Y Y
    Simultaneous Wide Field & High-Resolution Imaging Y N N
    Sky Background Measuring Y Y N
    Spectrograph Functions Y Y N
    Supernova Image comparison Y N N
    Tracking Error Charts Y Y Y
    Webcam/DMK/Skyris Control Y Y Y


    One Stop Shop

    Prism is a standalone program that requires no external software to operate flawlessly. There is no longer a need for specific programs for autofocusing, guiding, or plate solving. Prism can do it all.


    Easy Setup and Operation

    You can set up your imaging equipment with Prism very easily and quickly. some of the most useful tools include:
    • Polar alignment: Use the conventional or King drift method for extreme accuracy.
    • Focal length retrieval: your scope's focal length can be easily found using plate
    • solving. Which is particularly useful for Maksutov and SCT telescopes
    • Hardware profiles for the equipment that you use the most
    • Easy to view/control equipment tabs the GUI experience



    Prism can control your entire imaging hardware night after night. With a fully featured automatic observation tool you can:

    • Operate your supported power strip to turn on individual receptacles ( IP camera, mount, cameras, focuser, etc..).
    • Automatic startup and shutdown
    • Automatic sky flats (Dusk and Dawn)
    • Autofocusing with advanced star magnitude retrieval
    • Plate solving: local and blind ( Astrometry.net as a failover)
    • Advanced target selection algorithm where western targets are imaged first
    • Dome or Roll off observatory Control
    • Automatic shutdown routines when clouds are detected (cloud sensor sold separately)
    • Automatic meridian flips
    • Smart cooling and warming: stairwell temperature operation for maximum CCD/CMOS protection
    • Automatic FTP file Uploads for remote observatories
    • Email notifications of session success or possible errors


    Scientific Analysis

    Some of the advanced features are:

    • Automatic prescan subtraction
    • CCD Testing: Linearity, transfer efficiency, readout noise, dark current, Quantum efficiency, pixel to pixel correlation (Crosstalk), and more
    • Turbulence image optimization
    • Centroid calculation to 1/100th of a pixel
    • Optical quality checks: Four corner image reduction, tip/tilt measurements
    • Astrometry
    • Photometry: batch processing of file to identify moving objects (comets, asteroids) or fixed objects (exoplanet transits, variable stars)
    • Spectrography
    • Atmospheric seeing calculations




    PRISM Advanced is designed with seasoned/professional astronomers in mind, it packs some very advanced features to aid in pushing their scientific endeavors forward. It also encompasses the professional and lite variants as well. Below is the list of what sets this version apart:

    1. Processing

      • Histogram Equalization
        • Gaussian
        • Linear
      • Four quadrants gain equalization
      • Auto Prescan subtraction
      • Creation of a complex images from two separate images
      • Gather Pixels by mean
      • Gather pixels by median

    2. Color Imaging

      • RGB to HIS
      • HIS to RGB
      • Split Bayer image
      • Balance Bayer Image Pixels
      • Color correction

    3. CCD Characterization

      • Linearity
      • Linearity (TDI Method)
      • Transfer efficiency / CTE – EPR
      • Transfer Efficiency / CTE – Fe55
      • Readout noise
      • Noise, Gain and dark current for EMCCD
      • Conversion factor (multi-window)
      • Dark Current
      • Quantum Efficiency
      • Pixel – Pixel correlation (Cross-talk)

    4. Image Cubing

      • Image cube math
      • Convert Cube FITS file
      • Reduce number of planes
      • Extract image to single plane

    5. Image Display

      • Image Panel
      • Isophotes
      • 3D display
        • Dynamic method
        • Static method
    6. Analysis Tools
      • Herzprung-Russel method
      • Photometry using shapes
      • Optimal subtraction
    7. Advanced Image Stacking
      • Turbulence optimized stacking
    8. Centeroid Calculations
      • Moffat
      • Half diameter flux
      • 1/Cosh (1D)
      • Barycenter

    Additional Information

    ManufacturerHyperion Astronomy

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