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Imaging onto a Mac...

Hello, I have a ZWO 290MC Astro Camera and a MacBook Air laptop. Could you advise;

1. Can I download to a MAC with this?...and what Software would you recommend?

2. If so, is it possible to do this wirelessly - I'm talking about a distance of, say, 10 metres.

Thank you, Paul

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Planetary imaging with a Mac

Hi,

I started off using my ancient Macbook Pro with an ASI120MC-S camera.

I used oaCapture, it is fairly good although I have now switched to Windows and use Firecapture which I prefer.

I don't know about compatibility with your camera.  Suggest you give it a try.

https://www.openastroproject.org/oacapture/

Thanks

Steve

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thanks Steve.

thanks Steve.

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Depends on what you want to do...

If you are wanting to image planets / Moon you probably need to connect the camera to your laptop.
There is a MacOs version of Firecapture that works well for me.

If you want to connect by WiFi you'll need some sort of computer attached to the camera - something like a Raspberry Pi with INDI or Indigo installed can work if you want to take longer exposures. But does not really work well streaming video.
Or you can connect a 'standard' computer to the camera and use some sort of remote access app (like VNC) to control it remotely via wifi.

Hope this helps.
Callum

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Thanks Callum. The ZWO

Thanks Callum. The ZWO Website was not too convincing, hence the question.

Sounds like I should start simple (connected) and then think about it. I was planning on planetary images to start with hence this camera choice. I've never done any Astrophotography. I see you have an Advance course coming up, but I think I need the Beginner or at most Intermediate. Do you know if there are any such plans? 

Anyway your tips are a very good starting point, Paul