N.I.N.A. offers a broad variety of capabilities. The toolset spans from choosing, framing, focusing, centering and imaging one or multiple targets and much more.


Be it for beginners or for advanced astrophotographers, N.I.N.A. will keep configuration requirements to the minimum and will assist you through the process of imaging.

Free. Open Source.

This project is fully free and open source while welcoming every feedback and contributions. If you want to contribute, please refer to our contribution guidelines inside our bitbucket repository.

The ongoing development of N.I.N.A. is a direct result of the unwavering support of all the valued sponsors, patrons and volunteers. Their exceptional commitment ensures that the project will thrive and prosper.
Below, the current top-tier sponsors are proudly recognized:

Why N.I.N.A.?

Full equipment control

  • Cameras
  • Telescopes
  • Filter Wheels
  • Focusers
  • Rotators
  • Switches
  • Guiders
  • Weather Devices
  • Domes
  • Safety Monitors

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Image Recognition

  • Statistics calculation for each frame
  • Automatic stretch for a good preview of data
  • Star Detection with Half Flux Radius calculation
  • Exposure time recommendations


  • Set up sequences for multiple targets
  • Specify various exposure times, number of exposures, filters and more
  • Automatic target framing using platesolving
  • Automatic focus after a set of conditions
  • Save image files by dynamic names using various macros
  • Saved FITS and XISF files contain a broad variety of available header keywords

Advanced Sequencer

  • Take full control over your equipment
  • A wide array of instructions to program a sequence
  • Group instructions by instruction sets
  • Loop for various conditions
  • Trigger specific actions when certain events occur
  • Schedule and plan ahead of time with reusable templates

Sky Atlas

  • Detailed Atlas for over 10000 Deep Sky Objects
  • Advanced filtering to get just the Deep Sky Objects that are relevant for you
  • Altitude charts for each object based on your location

Framing Assistant

  • Various Sky Surveys to pull data from for framing
  • Get a preview of your Field of View
  • Drag the preview for a precise position for framing
  • Offline Sky Map containing all Sky Atlas DSOs, Constellations and Coordinate Gridlines
    to quickly choose a target and frame it properly

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  • A rich plugin framework to enhance existing features or add completely new capabilities
  • Have specialized tools for specific sets of equipment
  • Take advantage of the ever growing list of plugins adding tons of amazing features to the core application

Open Source

N.I.N.A. is an open source software.
All its source code is available on bitbucket in its repository and can be found here

Fully customizable UI

  • Imaging tab can be fully customized to display all that you need to see at once
  • All UI colors can be customized
  • Choose on a bunch of preset themes

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And much more

  • Weather data
  • List of bright focus stars to quickly slew to
  • Flat wizard to automatically take best flatpanel exposures
  • Horizon definitions to quickly see obstructions in the altitude charts
  • Session history panel containing various image statistics like HFR, # of stars and others over the course of the night
  • and more …