Lucam Recorder

The easy way of professional image
acquisition with your Imaging Source
or Lumenera camera

Lucam Recorder - Astronomy software for image acquisition


Lucam Recorder is an image acquisition tool developed for the special demands of today's high speed imaging of Sun, Moon, Planets and other celestial objects. The Lucam Recorder unique astronomical imaging workflow allows the fully automated acquisition of image sequences for documentation of events as object occultation, rotation or feature development in various spectral ranges.

  • Full support for all Lumenera USB II camera series – LU, LW, Infinity, SKYnyx
  • Full support for Imaging Source DMK, DFK and DBK camera series (Firewire and USB)
  • Support for all dedicated camera properties like 16Bit pixel depth, ROI sizing, ROI positioning, Binning, Frame rates, long time exposure
  • Invention of the „variable“ frame rate property to provide intuitive “one slider” access to the camera’s entire range of exposure time
  • Full integration of motorized and manual filter wheels including automated acquistion
    of spectral filters images sequences
  • Fully automated image acquisition sessions, including slow motion and quick motion
  • Continuing integration of user requested features
  • Intuitive and convenient user interface

I thank all users of Lucam Recorder - persons as well as organisations - who support my efforts to reach this goal. My special thank to Marc Delcroix, Rainer Ehlert, Helmut Heinicke, Mark Manner, Eric Roel, Karl Thurner, Gian Luca Valentini and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

I also thank the following persons and organisations which supported me by providing information or test samples of their products: Cor Berrevoets, Andy Homeyer, Gerd Neumann jr., Finger Lakes Instrumentation, FRAMOS, Lumenera and Santa Barbara Instrument Group.
This project to the memory of Werner Wilkens.

Main features

  • Support of the entire Lumenera USB II camera suite including SKYnyx
  • Support of Imaging Source DMK, DBK and DFK Firewire/USB camera series
  • Free definition of ROI, ROI position and binning
  • Long time exposure up to the camera’s limit
  • Display of minimum, maximum, median, mean and deviation values as well
    as graphical life histogram and level meter

  • RAM capture to boost capture frame speed to the camera’s theoretical limit
  • Focus estimating feature helps to achieve optimal focus position
  • Full integration of a wide range of automatic filter wheels brands and
    manual filter wheels
  • Fully automated filter sequences with individual camera settings for
    each filter: LRGB picture of Jupiter by Don Parker
  • Fully automated capture sessions with stream limits and/or timer controlled
    loops Jupiter and his moons: animation by Rainer Ehlert
  • Fully automated Quick-motion capture
  • Detailed capture log including time stamp for each frame
  • Time overlay to preview and each captured frame
  • Unique ‘variable’ frame speed for intuitive access to the entire range
    of exposure time

Advanced features

  • False color coding for preview and captured files, great for public viewing of sun
    images in h Alpha or calcium emission line.
  • Image stack, Realtime Dark frame and Flat Field processing
  • Preview zoom (manual and auto)
  • AVI codec and file size limiter support (1GByte, 2GByte), automatic AVI chaining
    if selected limit was reached
  • Proprietary 8/16Bit SER “video” file format for highest capture speed
  • Integrated SER file batch converter converts SER files into any supported standard
    image file format (including AVI)
  • Image flip (preview and capture file)
  • Night vision illumination


  • DFM Engineering – Serial interface
  • Finger Lakes Instrumentation – USB / Serial interface
  • Homeyer – Pulse code via serial port (D-SUB9 pinout: Pin3 - Pulse / Pin5 - GND)
  • Gerd Neumann jr. FR03 – Serial interface
  • OES – Serial interface
  • Optec IFW – Serial interface
  • SBIG CFW-6, CFW-8 – Pulse code via serial port (D-SUB9 pinout: Pin3 - Pulse / Pin5 - GND)
  • SBIG CFW-10 – Serial interface
  • True Technology – Serial interface
  • Manual Wheel – Dialog interface with timer also perfect for capture automation with
    unsupported motorized wheels
  • Generic Wheel – No interface integration


  • Lucam Recorder 8/16Bit SER files are accepted by AVIstack, Images Plus and RegiStax for further processing
  • Lucam Recorder - Interfaces


Lucam Recorder - Astronomy software


Lucam Recorder Editions

Casual, Professional & Premium

Lucam Recorder - Astronomy software for image acquisition


Lucam Recorder - Astronomy software for image acquisition



  • Deerfield Academy (USA)
  • ESA & ESO (EU)
  • General Dynamics (CA)
  • Georgia Institute of Technology (USA)
  • Hong Kong Space Museum (China)
  • Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität (D)
  • Langkawi National Observatory (Malaysia)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Techn. (USA)
  • Ministry of Endowments (Oman)
  • NASA (USA)
  • New Mexico Skies (USA)
  • Padova University (IT)
  • Ryerson University (USA)
  • Universitat de València (Spanien)
  • Universität Siegen (D)
  • Universiteit Twente (NL)
  • University of Delaware (USA)
  • University of Hertfordshire (GB)


  • Imaging Source camera driver software

USB driver software V1.0.1.24

Firewire driver software V4.0.1.5

  • Manuals

Lucam Recorder V1.7 Quick start guide written by Rainer Ehlert

Lucam Recorder V1.7 Instruction manual written by Rainer Ehlert


  • Test Lucam Recorder premium 30 days free of charge by ordering your evaluation license.
  • The fee for a permanent professional license when used by a non institutional user for up to
    two cameras is EUR 75 excl. VAT
    (Update from Lucam Recorder 1.x professional is EUR 20 excl. VAT)
  • The fee for a permanent premium license when used by a non institutional user for up to
    two cameras is EUR 125 excl. VAT
    (Update from Lucam Recorder 1.x professional is EUR 50 excl. VAT)
  • License fees for institutional users or more than two camera serial numbers on request.


Lucam Recorder licenses are available through the following specialist astronomy dealers:

Austria, Germany, Switzerland and other european countries

Italy and other european countries


Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you need support or if you have any questions.


Heiko Wilkens