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CCD Explorer - A CCD Image Manager Program

CCD Explorer allows you to organize you CCD images in a nice neat program. The program allows you to enter data about each CCD image and lets you set filters displaying a subset of the CCD images you have taken.   The program is freeware and can be given to anyone.

Version 2.5 is now available.  This version has a few new features and bug fixes.   If you have version 2.0, you can just download version 2.5 and replace the CCDExplorer.exe file.  Be sure to back this file up first.   If you have not downloaded CCD Explorer, you need to download both versions, install version 2 and then copy version 2.5 in the same folder as you did 2.0 


CCD Explorer does not support FIT or SBIG file format, but it does support almost any other common graphic format such and JPEG, BMP, GIF, or TIFF files. The program does allow some image processing but is mainly a viewer. The image viewer part of the program allows you to load any image, including icon files and convert them to any other format. You can display the full size of the CCD image with scroll bars or display the entire image by a click of the mouse button. There are a few ways to find images you have stored in the program.  An image can be found by a search method, a listing of all the images, or by using the tree navigator.  The program includes a scheduler to allow you to build a database of objects you plan to image.   This program can be used by astrophotographers as well but it was design with CCD imaging in mind. 

Version 2.0 adds new features:
  • New seach option
  • 32 bit support
  • New Filter Wizard
  • Customized tables for catalogs and object types
  • Printing
  • Astronomy functions incluing moon and sun rise/set times
  • Planetary information
  • 50,000 predefined US cities with longitude and latitude
  • Better view image feature and much more

The installation has been tested with Windows ME, Windows 2000, and Windows XP.   The download file is 7  MB.  If you download the Windows Installer for Windows 98, you should be able to install the program. 

CCD Explorer Freeware 

View the User Guide 

          (7MB download)

If you do use this program and want to be sent an e-mail on updates and fixed, please send me your e-mail address via my Web site.

If you have trouble downloading , contact me via e-mail

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