Lunar Eclipse Maestro controls up to four USB or Firewire connected cameras (Nikon and Canon DSLRs, plus Nikon Coolpix line) and up to four USB or Ethernet connected SBIG CCD cameras with their filter wheels during a lunar eclipse, so that you can be free to concentrate on observing the event visually. You must preprogram all exposure information according to a script. Observer position (latitude and longitude coordinates, altitude) is used to calculate local circumstances, so that camera actions can be referenced to specific eclipse events. All features are optional, so the software can be used for as little or as much as desired. It is currently localized in English and French. More…
Lunar Eclipse Maestro is a freeware. Commercial distribution is strictly forbidden. Please contact me first before any commercial use. For the time being this software will remain free, but you should make a donation to support my work and show your appreciation. However, for any professional use (i.e. professionals, corporate users, institutions, etc), you are kindly asked to contact me and make a donation of at least USD 70 or 50€.
Copyright 2010-2016 Xavier Jubier, http://xjubier.free.fr/
Application Installation and Upgrade
Download the dmg disk image file :
Lunar Eclipse Maestro 1.3.2
If you’re experiencing difficulties while installing Lunar Eclipse Maestro and are running MacOS X 10.8.x (Mountain Lion), 10.9.x (Mavericks), 10.10.x (Yosemite) or 10.11.x (El Capitan), then please take the time to understand Gatekeeper.
- Once your download is complete, double-click the .dmg file to mount it, then start the installer and follow the installation instructions. The application will be installed in your Applications folder and a folder named Scripts Lunar Eclipse Maestro containing sample scripts will be copied to your regular Documents folder at the root of your user account. An administrator password will be required to proceed with the installation process.
When upgrading all of your preference settings and script folder will be preserved.
- Read the included help thoroughly before attempting use: go directly to the Help menu the first time you launch Lunar Eclipse Maestro.
- Disclaimer: use this program at your own risk. No guarantees are made, if it doesn’t work and you come away without any photos, sorry! Extensive rehearsal and testing is recommended to ensure success.
- Last you are kindly requested to make a donation and show your appreciation.
Technical support: available through a bulletin board system (BBS)
There are two versions of the software: the first one is a Universal Binary, meaning it runs on both Mac Intel and PPC, that runs under MacOS X 10.4.x (a.k.a. Tiger) to MacOS X 10.11.x (El Capitan) and the second Intel only runs under 10.6.x (Snow Leopard) to MacOS X 10.11.x (El Capitan). A screen with a minimum 1024x768 resolution is recommended, although it will work with smaller screens.
- Next release planned for June 2016
- 2015 September 19 : version 1.3.2
- 2014 October 3 : version 1.3.1
- 2014 March 28 : version 1.3.0
- 2012 May 15 : version 1.2.1
- 2012 May 8 : version 1.2.0
- 2011 December 8 : version 1.1.3
- 2011 November 13 : version 1.1.2
- 2011 June 5 : version 1.1.1
- 2011 April 25 : version 1.1.0
- 2011 January 2 : version 1.0.2
- 2010 December 29 : version 1.0.1
- 2010 December 17 : first final release, version 1.0.0
- December 2010 : start of beta testing.
- 2008 February 20 : First internal alpha release for TLE 2008.
Solar Eclipse Maestro for solar eclipses and Mercury Venus Transit Maestro for Mercury and Venus transits are also available with similar features.