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 + H18 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 RDP Setup Steps 

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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