Maxim DL

Cyanogen calls their CCD program, Maxim DL, the "gold standard." It is certainly that when it comes to price, at least; it retails for $500 (for a "brick and mortar"

version that comes with a manual; a download is less expensive). How does it stack up otherwise? This is an incredibly feature-laden application that can do everything you can ever imagine any CCDer wanting to do. Interfacing with planetarium programs such as Starry Night Pro Plus is just the beginning. Maxim can control camera filter wheels, motorized focusers, and, by connecting to other software, can even manage observatory domes and remote/Internet telescope connections. Compatibility? Cyanogen claims the program "supports more CCD cameras than any competing software." That's probably true. There are few cameras, cheap or expensive, old or new, that can't be run by this program. Naturally, it also includes a huge selection of image processing tools.

What didn't impress? This big, complex, and capable app is quite a bit for a new CCD imager to digest. That being the case, you might want to get friendly with a new camera using its included software before moving up to Maxim DL. Who absolutely won't like Maxim? Only those folks irrevocably wedded to the SBIG/ Bisque way of doing things.

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