Getting started with your Altair Astro Camera

Step 1 – Download Altair Capture

Download AltairCapture for Windows here. This installs drivers, and gets you up and running with your new camera.

You’ll need Winzip to open these files, which is already installed on most computers. Cameras work best on Win10 64bit with a 2013 or later manufactured device. Beta Mac OS and Linux versions of AltairCapture are also available to try for the latest Mac and Linux 64bit OS.

AltairCapture for Windows (Start here!)

AltairCapture for Linux
(beta)

AltairCapture for Mac
(beta)

Step 2 – Claim your Sharpcap Pro license

Download SharpCap PRO Software here. You get a free 1 year PRO license with your new camera. One license per camera, per user.

SharpCap has advanced features like Sharpcap PRO smart polar alignment for Altair Guidescopes. Focus Assistance, Live Image Stacking for video astronomy/EAA, and ASCOM filter wheel control. Also a powerful tool for microscopy.

Learn how to claim your SharpCap PRO license for Altair Cameras.

Step 3 – Get 3rd Party software for Altair cameras

Ascom drivers
for Altair Camera

GPCAM Directshow Drivers
Early models

Please note, these support early GPCAM only and are provided in a limited capacity for applications which cannot use the official Altair SDK.

Step 4 – Find 3rd Party Software

The following software companies support Altair cameras directly without ASCOM or intermediary drivers:

Auto-guiding software: 

Download latest PHD2 Auto Guiding software here. We recommend auto-guiding your GOTO mount through the camera and mount ST4 port with the grey ST4 cable provided with your camera. Plug the grey ST4 cable into the camera, and into the mount. Then connect the camera to your PC with the USB cable, then select Connect > “Altair camera”.

Imaging software:

APT Deep-sky imaging software (direct support)

NINA Deep-sky imaging software (direct support)

KSTARS Desktop Planetarium & EKOS (direct support in Beta).

Firecapture (Altair Camera support in Beta for most models).

INDI Open Astronomy Instrumentation Software INDI (direct support for Altair Cameras in development)

Need guidance and support?

Learn imaging tips in the Altair Facebook Group. Join the Altair Astro Facebook Group where you can post images, discuss tips, and share techniques with other Altair camera users. Get special offers, kickstarts, software updates, Beta drivers and software. The #1 place to get the most out of your camera. (Please give a reason for joining, or your application will be rejected or delayed to stop spam).

Raise a technical support issue. Join the Altair Google Group Technical Support Forum. Discuss and raise issues with Beta drivers and software. (Please give a reason for joining, or your application will be rejected or delayed to stop spam.

Like the Altair Astro Facebook page for new product updates, offers and information.

Contact Altair Astro using the web-form here.