Software Checklist

Software Checklist for Astrophotography 

CORE (Mandatory)


MOUNT (Mandatory - Select as applicable)

For Synta Mounts - Green Swamp Server:

For Celestron Mounts - CPWI: 

For iOptron Mounts - Commander: 


ASTAP: (Download core program + D80 Database) 

ACQUISITION (Mandatory - Select as applicable)

Deep Sky - NINA:

Planetary - FireCapture:

Polar Alignment - SharpCap Pro: (Alternative: NINA TPPA) 

CAMERA DRIVERS (Mandatory - Select as applicable)



Player One:

GUIDING (Mandatory)




POWER (Optional)

Pocket Power Box:


Windows 11 Remote Desktop Protocol Setup Steps 

Requires Windows 11 Pro

Only Required for Mini PC setups

In Windows 11, RDP is DISABLED by default. The following steps will enable RDP and allow logon with no account password. 

1. Settings --> System --> Remote Desktop --> Turn ON Remote Desktop 

2. Win+R (Run) and Type gpedit.msc 

3. Click on Local Computer Policy --> Computer Configuration --> Windows Settings --> Security Settings --> Local Policies --> Security Options 

4. Find Accounts: Limit local account use of blank passwords to console logon only, Double click, set to Disable

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