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Introduction

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About N.I.N.A.#

Welcome to N.I.N.A. - Nighttime Imaging 'N' Astronomy. If are reading this document, you have likely downloaded the software - congratulations!

N.I.N.A. is designed for automated DSO imaging using the sequencing model. Whether you are new to the world of DSO imaging or are a seasoned veteran, the goal of N.I.N.A. is to make your imaging sessions easier, faster, and comfortable. N.I.N.A. attempts to make complex concepts and operations easy to understand and effect so that more time is spent on imaging rather than minding equipment.

N.I.N.A is also a FOSS application that is licened and distributed under the provisions of the GNU GPLv3 license. Its maintenance, maturation, and further development is realized by a team of dedicated vollunteers from around the world. If you have an interest in helping the project or contributing to it, please join the project's Discord server (see below) and reading the contributor guidelines.

About this Documentation#

This document aims to describe the functionality of N.I.N.A. so you can utilize it to its full potential. It is divided into three main chapters:

  1. A Quick Start Guide to quickly get started.
  2. Detailed explanation of the various Tabs and their purposes.
  3. Advanced Topics which covers everything you need to know to effectively run the software.

Tip

Important notes will appear in boxes similar to this throughout the documentation. If you see one, do not skip over it!

Getting Help or Helping Out#

The N.I.N.A.'s Discord chat server is a great way to chat with N.I.N.A. developers and fellow users. Ask questions, share your photos, make suggestions, and help other users. To research past questions, bug reports, or file your own bug report or question, please use the Issue Tracker.

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Please note that images in this manual might not always reflect what you see as updates and additions to the manual may lag behind the code development process.