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Sharpcap runs on Microsoft Windows.

SharpCap versions up to and including 2.9 will run on Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10.
SharpCap 3.0 and above will not run on Windows XP, it requires Windows Vista or above.

SharpCap depends on the Microsoft .NET Framework. If you haven't already got it installed then the SharpCap installer will download and install it for you.

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SharpCap Beta Downloads

Beta versions of SharpCap (when available) can be found on this page.

SharpCap 3.0 Downloads

NOTE: If your camera is not detected, you may need to install the SharpCap Pre-Requisites Installer. You only need to do this once, not for every new version of SharpCap you install.

Latest Version
 
Download Version 3.0.3956.0
22 May 2017
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  • Show notification during polar alignment index building
  • Fix issues with Live Stacking when viewing individual frames
  • Fix error in ASCOM mount connection for some mounts
  • Fix built in site-packages not found by scripting
Previous Versions
 
Download Version 3.0.3948.0
20 May 2017
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  • Fix issues with cameras that are an odd (as in not even) number of pixels wide
  • Fix problem with errors caused by scripting crashing the app rather than being reported to the script
  • PGR cameras - second try at crash bug fix
  • ASCOM mount control bug fixes
  • Prevent bug reports being sent for known issues caused by buggy ASCOM drivers.
Download Version 3.0.3936.0
18 May 2017
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  • Point Grey cameras - fix bug causing crash on selection of some models
  • Basler cameras - add missing DLL to installer - no longer need to install Pylon in developer mode
  • Fix rare crash when closing histogram
  • QHY GPS cameras - better timestamp handling, more FITS headers added
  • ASCOM cameras - fix intermittent crash when closing camera
  • ASCOM mounts - assume mounts that can't report their tracking rate are at Sidereal rate
  • Live Stacking - fix crash when trying to save stack with no frames in it yet
  • ZWO cameras - try to deal more gracefully with loss of camera while in use
  • Scripting - replace invalid characters when saving to specified file path.
  • Other bug fixes
Download Version 3.0.3906.0
13 May 2017
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  • Fix wrong colour space in SER header when using flip with ZWO (introduced in 3901)
  • Fix problem with certain webcams not being able to change resolution or other properties after opening correctly initially
  • Prevent SharpCap from being installed on unsupported platforms
  • Unsupported platforms are: Windows XP and earlier, Windows Vista with no SP or with SP1, Windows 7 with no SP)
  • More diagnostics to try to track down other issues
Download Version 3.0.3901.0
12 May 2017
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  • Altair Cameras - fix RAW bayer patterns for new models
  • ZWO Cameras - fix RAW bayer pattern when using flip and forcing the pattern
  • Enforce control ranges when loading capture profiles
  • Fix reading of capture profiles that have incorrect decimal separator characters
  • Better naming of capture settings file when capturing multiple frames in PNG/FITS
  • Add capture timestamp to capture settings file
  • ZWO Cameras - fix sensor temperature not being used in dark file path on non-cooled cameras
  • Scripting - extra option when using Camera.CaptureSingleFrameTo to suppress use of currently viewed frame
  • Additional logging to help track down other bugs
Download Version 3.0.3888.0
08 May 2017
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  • Live stacking - fix crash with cameras whose width is not a multiple of two pixels
  • ASCOM Mount Control - allow mounts to connect for plate solving even if they cannot support the MoveAxis command
  • Capture Profiles - Improvements to the UI, add a 'Load' button to the profile manager
  • Other bug fixes
Download Version 3.0.3881.0
06 May 2017
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  •  QHY GPS Cameras - improved timestamps to FITS, allow System clock to be set to GPS time
  • ASCOM Mounts - handle parked mounts correctly, allow mounts to be parked/unparked
  • Live Stacking - fix individual frames not being saved when using RAW modes
  • Live Stacking - clear history correctly on reset of stack
  • Allow test cameras to load JPG files
  • Various minor bug fixes and crash fixes
Download Version 3.0.3867.0
04 May 2017
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  • Updated QHY SDK - fixes Minicam5s-C being reported as mono
  • Increase precision of timestamp written to FITS headers
  • Fix for non GigE Point Grey cameras not being detected correctly
  • Fix for crash if you clicked 'Start' twice on the start capture form
  • Other bug fixes
Download Version 3.0.3861.0
02 May 2017
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New features include live flat frame correction, plate solving, focus assistance, live stacking and polar alignment improvements. Read more.

SharpCap 3.0 now includes SharpCap Pro. SharpCap Pro gives you access to advanced features for a low annual license fee of £10 and helps support future SharpCap development.

Build 3861 replaces build 3855 - fixing the following issues:
  • Main window staying disabled after capturing a dark or flat with no license installed
  • Crash caused by buggy ASCOM Simulator camera (camera no longer shown)
  • Crashes caused by 'path is of the incorrect format' when saving to AVI or opening wecams on some systems.
  
  
  

SharpCap 2.9 Downloads

Download Version 2.9.3085.0
19 April 2017
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Fixes issue with notification bar not showing for very high resolution cameras
Download Version 2.9.3080.0
12 April 2017
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Adds user manual
Disable the UI during camera closedown and while changing resolution to prevent strange bugs like starting to capture on closing camera
Fix intermittent crashes on ASCOM camera closedown
Reduce memory usage when saving live stack
Fix various crashes caused by illegal characters in target name or capture path
Fix installation of Microsoft VC Redist failing on some versions of Windows

Download Version 2.9.3055.0
31 January 2017
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Various bug fixes
Updated SDK for QHY and ZWO cameras
Download Version 2.9.3032.0
16 December 2016
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Update version of Microsoft Visual C++ Redist to avoid clash with other apps
Update QHY SDK to support new cameras and bug fixes
Update ZWO SDK to support new cameras and bug fixes
Fix RAW colour space of Altair 1600C
Fix bug with wrong buffer size used when binning large resolutions on QHY cameras
Fix writing of FITS files in RGB24/32 format to be compatible with other apps
Ensure timestamps added to frames are always UTC
Embed an 8 byte digital timestamp in the first 8 bytes of each frame when timestamps are enabled
Fix many issues from crash reports

Download Version 2.9.3011.0
27 November 2016
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Fix issue with live stack alignment under some circumstances
Bug Fixes
Download Version 2.9.2999.0
09 November 2016
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Updated QHY SDK - adds support for more cameras and fixes bugs
Fix issue with only one capturesettings file being created when taking multiple snapshots
Fix dark subtraction issues
Fix bug with changing resolution on QHY cameras when binning activated
Download Version 2.9.2965.0
22 October 2016
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Altair Cameras - updated SDK with new model support and bug fixes
QHY Cameras - updated SDK with bug fixes
Other bug fixes
Download Version 2.9.2953.0
16 October 2016
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Add support for ZWO EFW filter wheels without needing the ASCOM driver
Fix for ASCOM cameras that report they have BayerRGGB sensors
Fix for issue with Polar Align and LX Webcam using all CPU
Update QHY SDK to 7.4.11 - Many improvements
Add date of build to Help->About window
 
Download Version 2.9.2936.0
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Option to apply debayering to colour ASCOM cameras that wrongly claim to be mono
Bug fixes
Download Version 2.9.2929.0
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ZWO Cameras - Updated SDK - Adjustment for pattern on ASI1600MM
Altair Cameras - Updated SDK - Support for new models
Scripting - fix several crashes related to scripting or repeated actions
Polar Alignment - fix issue in locales using ',' as decimal separator
Focus Score - fix crash in 16 bit mono


Download Version 2.9.2915.0
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 QHY Cameras - Updated SDK - Support QHY163, Gain now in dB for QHY174,178,224,290, Add new controls for some cameras
ZWO Cameras - Updated SDK - Can control fan on ASI1600 with on board hub, Binning now reduces noise instead of boosting brightness
Meade mount control now supported via LX200 Ascom driver
Fix crash when trying to draw detected stars on 16 bit mono frames

Download Version 2.9.2895.0
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Enable GPS functionality on QHY-GPS cameras
Fix crash when selecting lower resolutions in RAW on Altair cameras
Fix for individual saved frames in live stacking in non-RAW mode not being the raw frames - was actually saving the stack!

 
Download Version 2.9.2877.0
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Changelog
(Build 2869 replaced with 2877 due to crash when trying to view the settings)
Download Version 2.9.2739.0
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Updated ZWO SDK - Fixes issues with ASI1600 hanging/banding
Fix thermal stats (temperature, cooler power) not updating on ASCOM cameras
Download Version 2.9.2733.0
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Improvements to Polar Alignment Star Detection
Updated QHY SDK (includes support for Broadcast live feature)
Bug Fixes
Download Version 2.9.2709.0
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 Release candidate of SharpCap 2.9

SharpCap 2.8 Downloads

Download Version 2.8.2378.0
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Live Stacking/Polar Alignment - fix issues on locales that use ',' for the decimal separator
Improvements to memory handling - should reduce out-of-memory crashes
Fix capturing multiple frames when using 'snapshot' with high frame rate camres
ASCOM Focuser - fix buttons not working
ASCOM Filter Wheel - fix some crash issues
Improve responsiveness of UI under heavy load
Updated ZWO SDK for compatibility with new models and reduced memory usage

Download Version 2.8.2353
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Bug fixes, including wrong colour order in RGB darks.
New Altair SDK for new camera models
Download Version 2.8.2343
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 Bug fixes including some ASCOM camera/focuser fixes and many fixes from bug reports.
Download Version 2.8.2325
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Fix bugs with SPC900 cameras in LX modes and dark subtraction with DirectShow cameras.
Updated to 2.8.2321 with new ZWO SDK.
Updated to 2.8.2325 with dark capture bug fix and bug report upload changes
Download Version 2.8.2311
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More bug fixes and minor features
Download Version 2.8.2263
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 Fixes various bugs in 2.8.2231
Build 2263 replaces build 2260, which had a bug in saving Live Stacks from DirectShow cameras or Frame Grabbers.
Download Version 2.8.2231
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Preview release of 2.8

SharpCap 2.7 Downloads

Download Version 2.7.2135
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Fix for live stack resetting on ZWO cameras
Download Version 2.7.2125
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Updated release build of SharpCap 2.7

Update fixes bugs in live stacking, mono AVI output and others. Full changelog to follow

SharpCap 2.7 Beta Downloads

Please note that download links for expired versions have been removed. The versions are still listed as the change log information may be of interest.

Download Version 2.7.2095
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Hopefully final beta build
(note - build 2089 replaced due to Live Stacking bug)
Download Version 2.7.2050
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Updates for ASI, Altair, Basler cameras
Download Version 2.7.2035
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Bug fixes for Celestron/Basler cameras
Download Version 2.7.2027
(Download removed - use 2.7.2035)

Support for Celestron/Imaging Source Cameras and More...
Download Version 2.7.1954
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Updated SDKs for QHY, ZWO and Altair cameras. Live stacking improvements and more...
Download Version 2.7.1885
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New features in Live Stacking as shown at IAS
   

SharpCap 2.6 Downloads

SharpCap depends on the Microsoft .NET Framework, which you might need to install before trying to run SharpCap. If you have Windows Vista or later, you will already have this installed. On Windows XP, you may need to install it from this link.

Download Version 2.6.1893
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Support for ZWO ASI 178 cameras, Fixes for Altair 12 bit mode and many bug fixes from 2.7
 
Download Version 2.6.1850
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Updates to ZWO, Altair SDK, hopefully fix some webcam issues

Download Version 2.6.1844
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Bug fixes to Live Stacking and Frame Timestamping

Download Version 2.6.1835
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Live stacking available for webcams, ZWO ASI174 noise reduction and bug fixes

Download Version 2.6.1768
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Many minor bug fixes

 


Download Version 2.6.1740    Bug fix for many frame grabber (EZCap) devices


SharpCap 2.5 Downloads

Download Version 2.5.1548    Release Notes

Download Version 2.5.1510    Bug fix release

Download Version 2.5.1490    Show Changes    (Removed, use version 2.5.1510 instead)

Download Version 2.5.1428    Show Changes   

Download Version 2.5.1421    Show Changes    


Older Builds

Note that the installers for some older versions below this point have been removed and the links will not work.

SharpCap 2.1 Downloads

Download Version 2.1.1050      Show Changes

Download Version 2.1.971        Show Changes

Download Version 2.1.932        Show Changes

Download Version 2.1.915        Show Changes

SharpCap 2.0 Downloads

Download Version 2.0.862        Show Changes

Download Version 2.0.816        Show Changes


SharpCap 1.5 downloads

Download Version 1.5.344    Various bugfixes and Ximea (mono) support
Download Version 1.5.328    Show Changes
Download Version 1.5.316    Fixes missing file in installer, Basler Scout
Download Version 1.5.312    Fixes problem with Basler Scout
Download Version 1.5.311    Fixes Capture Profile load crash
Download Version 1.5.310    Show Changes
Download Version 1.5.309    ASI130MM/MC support
Download Version 1.5.308    LX mode fix & fix wrong colour space name
Download Version 1.5.307    Show Changes
Download Version 1.5.304

Version 1.4 downloads

Download Version 1.4.213      Show Changes

Version 1.3 downloads

Download Version 1.3.118      Show Changes
Download Version 1.3.117       Show Changes
Download Version 1.3.114      Show Changes

Download Version 1.2.35        Show Changes

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