Watch the Eclipse, Not Your Camera!Celebrating our 10th anniversary of automated eclipse photography!
What's New:Version 3.4 released October 16th, 2012!
What's Next:Updated LRO LOLA lunar limb profile data file to be released late October, 2012, containing data from 2.3 billion laser altitude measurements, about six times the number in the currently-shipping data file.
NOTE: Eclipse Orchestrator Pro will not be available for purchase November 5th-20th, in an effort to prevent users from attempting to learn it when there is insufficient time remaining for practice.
Download the PDF sales sheet for a quick introduction.
Read through our Getting Started Guide.
This software controls cameras during a solar eclipse or Venus/Mercury transit so that you can be free to concentrate on observing the event visually. Preprogram all exposures using our handy script wizard customized for your exact coordinates and camera. Enter your latitude/longitude coordinates and the software will automatically calculate local circumstances for you. Then, all camera actions can be timed in reference to these specific eclipse events. All features are optional, so the program can be used for as little or as much as desired.
Available in two versions, Free and Pro ($109). Throughout this website and the program itself, (P) or (Pro Only) indicates that feature is available only in the paid Pro version.
First developed for the 2002 total solar eclipse, it has since been used around the world.
Because digital cameras are still in their infancy, extensive rehearsal and testing is recommended to ensure success.
This is Windows software, for XP or Vista operating systems.
How It Works:
Connect your camera to a laptop with a USB cable (or Firewire cable for certain camera models). Then build a script of exposures, listing when you want each exposure to occur, and with what settings (shutter speed, ISO, aperture, file type). At the appointed time, Eclipse Orchestrator will send commands over the USB cable to the camera to set those settings and trigger the exposure. The images will be saved to the camera's internal memory card, just as if you were there running the camera by hand.
For faster operation, purchase Eclipse Orchestrator Pro, and connect a third-party serial port shutter cable to the camera. The exposure settings still travel over the USB cable, but the shutter trigger command goes over the serial cable, enabling much faster operation.
Free vs Pro:
The software is available in two editions, Free and Pro. Downloading Free allows full checkout of the basic features of the program, without any time limitations. For many users, the Free version is all they will ever need. The Pro edition adds numerous features for power users and professional photographers. Free can be upgraded to Pro at any time, without downloading any additional files - just purchase the serial number and enter it into the software for an instant upgrade!
Continue on to read about Features.