#2602 Jun 11, 2002
A public beta of "Calibration Groups for MaxIm DL 3" (CalGroups) is
available for download:
Scroll down to find the section for CalGroups. You MUST have version 3.07 of
MaxIm DL to use CalGroups. NOTE: CalGroups is commercial software. Beta
testers who provide significant feedback will get a free version at the
conclusion of the beta. Anyone may download and try the program, however;
it's a 30-day trial version.
Please report all errors to me by private email at:
support@... (support at newastro.com)
CalGroups is a program that allows you to create and re-use groups of files
(bias, darks, flats) for calibrating images in MaxIm DL. It also allows you
to batch process images (remove hot pixels, apply a map to fix bad pixels,
sharpen, etc. etc.) in a wide variety of ways. After calibration and
processing, it will also combine images for you using the settings you
This new version of CalGroups has some nifty behind-the-scenes features,
made possible by some changes to MaxIm DL in version 3.07:
* Automatic creation of master calibrations frames. This greatly speeds up
re-use of any calibration group. Instead of having to load however many
individual frames and then combine them, the master frames take just a
moment to load.
* Tool tips. Although the documentation is incomplete, the tool tips will
help you figure out how to use the software. Be sure to review the existing
docs; it will help you to use the program for the first time.
I have also made many, many small changes to the program to make it easier
to work with and more flexible.
CalGroups will increase your processing productivity quite a bit. g> If you
have comments about the program, or suggestions on how to make it better,
let me know.
author of The New CCD Astronomy