AstroDSLR is an application similar to AstroImager, an easy to use tool for astrophotography, but intended for use with DSLR cameras.

AstroDSLR controls ISO, aperture (if lens mounted), shutter speed, exposure compensation, metering and focusing modes, white balance, image quality and format and BULB exposure length. It can preview (optionally using LiveView) or capture and save images to selected folder with any file name prefix, count and time lapse, browse captured images and show them in Finder, zoom and stretch them automatically or manually. It can measure FWHM and the drift of a selected star to help easier and faster focus and align your equatorial telescope mount. Captured images can be plate-solved using public service or local Astrometry for OS X application.

Even if it can be used separately, it is meant to be used together with AstroTelescope and AstroGuider. Application communicates over INDIGO protocol and it can be used to integrate with any INDIGO or INDI 3rd party application as well.

The built-in INDIGO driver is based on ImageCapture API and, in theory, it can work with almost any Nikon DSLR, Canon EOS DSLR (but not EOS M or DIGIC II and older cameras), Sony Alpha DSLR-like or mirrorless camera. Not every feature is supported for every camera (e.g. no LiveView or manual lens drive with older Nikon and some Sony cameras), but it doesn't mean, that such camera can't be used. As far as this application is based on INDIGO framework, it can use many INDIGO or INDI drivers for focusers for astronomical telescopes which can be easily adapted to control manual focus lenses or macro rails.

The following drivers are bundled with the application:
- PTP-over-USB CCD driver for Canon, Nikon and Sony Alpha cameras,
- CCD and focuser simulator drivers,
- ZWO ASI focuser driver,
- FLI focuser driver
- Shoestring FCUSB and DSUSB drivers,
- Focuser USB v3 driver,
- WeMacro Rail USB and BT drivers,
- MJKZZ macro rail USB and BT drivers,
- RigelSys nSTEP and nFOCUS drives,
- MoonLite focuser driver,
- Optec focuser driver (untested),
- LakesideAstro focuser driver (untested),
- Deep Sky Dad AF1, AF2 and AF3 focuser driver,
- Baader Planetarium SteelDrive II focuser driver,
- AstroGadget FocusDreamPro focuser driver,
- Lunatico Limpet/Armadillo/Platypus Focuser driver,
- PlaneWave/Celestron focuser driver,
- RoboFocus focuser driver,
- RainbowAstro mount driver,
- MyPro2 focuser driver,
- RTS-on-COM shutter driver,
- Interactive Astronomy SkyAlert driver.

AstroDSLR is developed and/or tested with Nikon (D70, D90, D3000, D5100, D5600, D750, D850), Canon (1000D, 600D, 6D), Sony (A5000, A7, A7S, A7RII) and other. Nevertheless, even with the best effort we can’t test all cameras, so please download a trial version and test it with your camera before buy it! If it will not work, let us know, maybe we can still help you and fix it.

To run AstroDSLR you need Apple Mac running OS X 10.11 or later.

What’s New

Version 3.16

INDIGO framework updated to 2.0.144.
Interactive Astronomy SkyAlert driver added.

Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

PPNewton ,

Thank goodness! An astrophotography app for Macs that works

Have downloaded and put AstroDSLR through a series of test runs in my office under artificial conditions. After learning the in's and outs of the program, I am pleased and look forward to getting out under the sky for field tests. The program is easier and more seamless than those I have been using under that terror known as Windows 10 but offer equal functionality (at least for what I do). My only concern is the lack of a detailed user's manual but, since it is a Mac app, most of the functions are easy enough to figure out by trial and error. I am using version 3.5 but 3.6 is just released at this writing. I am having problems with that install but I am sure the folks at Cloudmakers will resolve it forthfwith. Clear skies!

Zbouch ,


I've never used a computer to control a camera before. I'm just getting into astrophotography and was amazed at how quickly i got this to work with my nikon D5300. Played around a bit indoors to try it out, but have zero doubt this is going to make things MUCH easier than using an intervolometer. Plus the ability to change all the cameras settings via the computer is going to be amazing. No more fumbling in the dark thru cryptic menus to set appature, shutter, ect. For those who are as green as I am, this appears to be exactly what we've been looking for.

jeffkaluzny ,


Thank you!!! I was in the middle of a client shoot yesterday and my Adobe LIghtroom CC suddenly stopped tethering to my camera. I called for a half hour break and LR wasn't working.
I quickly jumped on TetherTools website and they listed AstroDSLR as one of many tools. For $22 it was worth a blind trial and I was BLOWN AWAY with how quickly and easily everything was back to normal.
The ability to set up a series of shots with differing settings and simply click "Execute" not only saved my schedule but eventually got me out of the shoot under time!

You're a lifesaver!

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