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PinPoint Astrometric Engine 5.1
Welcome to the web site for the PinPoint Astrometric Engine, a programmable engine that provides sensitive, robust, high-speed research-grade astrometric image processing for FITS files from any camera. A set of point-and-click tools (Visual PinPoint) for fast mass plate solving and survey-level asteroid and supernova hunting are included.
Typical uses include plate solving which gives precise pointing to telescope mounts, asteroid and comet searching, high-precision astrometry (detection and measurement of positions), and supernova hunting. The package comes with Visual PinPoint, a point-and-click Windows program that has automated tools for hands-off asteroid and supernova hunting with optional blinking for validation. You can use Visual PinPoint with any FITS or POSS/DSS images.
PinPoint is used as the plate solving engine in many astronomy applications out there, including Diffraction Limited's MaxIm DL and MaxPoint, Weber and Brady's FocusMax and PoleAlignMax, CCDWare's CCD Autopilot, and of course our own ACP Observatory Control Software.
- Accuracy? (as good as it gets)
- Speed? (faster than anything else out there)
- Sensitivity? (as good as it gets)
- False matching? (an issue with other automated programs!)
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