Supernova search tool © 2015 Marco Lorrai
Starblinker allows you to easily search for new stars in your astronomical photos. If you find a new star in your image, keep in mind that it could be a defect in your photo, like a hot pixel, or:
1) An already known or a new unknown asteroid;
2) An already known or a new unknown comet;
3) An already known or a new unknown galactic nova;
4) An already known or a new unknown variable star;
5) If it is superimposed to an external galaxy, it could also be an already known or a new unknown supernova;

Before reporting a potential new discovery, please make all necessary checks to be sure it is not an already known object or a defect in your image.

Photo One Starblinker asks you to insert two images, your fresh image and an older, reference image. After this step, the program will search how to match the stars in the two images. The program can rotate and mirror the images, and works even if the scale or the field of the images is not exactly the same (but they have to be not much different). Then, after few seconds, you should see the two images blinking, and this should allow you to easily search for new features in your image. You can choose the blink time, and enlarge o decrease the size of the images in the screen.
Photo Two If you find the software useful, please make a donation. It can help the author to improve the software. Even a small amount like 1 € is fine.

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Current version: 1.0
Browse the sourceforge repository to download the application (Windows and Linux binaries, sources):

If you don't have any images to try with the application, download these:
M 81 - image 1
M 81 - image 2

Compiling starblinker on Ubuntu:
1) Install qt5 development library: sudo apt-get install qtdeclarative5-dev qt5-qmake;
2) Install opencv dev: sudo apt-get install libopencv-dev;
3) Make sure you system can execute the right qmake command for qt5, or find the correct path;
4) Then, in the base source directory of starblinker, type: qmake;make;sudo make install.
5) Launch the application with the command starblinker.

License terms: This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version. This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details. You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program. If not, see
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About the author
This website and the software contained in it is written by Marco Lorrai. Keen on astronomy, I have also written the application wxcam

Version 1.0 released
Other useful links
Deep sky stacker