Prism runs alone and requires no external software to interact with it to operate flawlessly. There is no need for autofocus, guiding, plate solving, ... it is completely autonomous.
You can setup your imaging setup with Prism very easily and quickly. some of the most useful tools include:
Polar alignment: The king drift method is extremely accurate and easy to use
Focal length retrieval: your scope's focal length can be easily found using plate solving
Easy to view/control equipment tabs
Prism can control your entire imaging hardware night after night. With a fully featured automatic observation tool you can:
Operate your supported power strip to turn on individual receptacles ( IP camera, mount, cameras, focuser, etc..).
Automatic startup and shutdown
Automatic sky flats (Dusk and Dawn)
Autofocusing with advanced star magnitude retrieval
Plate solving: local and blind ( Astrometry.net as a failover)
Advanced target selection algorithm where western targets are imaged first
Dome/ Roll off roof operation
Shutdown through cloud detection
Automatic meridian flips
Smart cooling and warming: stairwell temperature operation for maximum CCD/CMOS protection
FTP file drop-off at the end of the session, especially useful for remote sites
Email function to be notified of session success or possible errors
Some of the advanced features are:
Auto prescan subtraction
CCD tools: Linearity, transfer efficiency, readout noise, dark current, Quantun efficiency, pixel to pixel correlation (Crosstalk), and more
Turbulence image optimization
Centroid calculation to 1/100th of a pixel
Optical quality checks: Four corner image reduction, tip/tilt measurements
Photometry: batch processing of file to identify moving objects (comets, asteroids) or fixed objects (exoplanet transits, variable stars)
Atmosphering seeing calculations
One of the best skycharts is included, you can view extensive information gathered from the CDS servers. It comes loaded by default with the Bright Star Catalog and the General Star Catalog-ACT but you can download further catalogs online like the USNO-SA2 and UCAC4.
Prism v10 is the one of the few software packages to offer amateur astronomers the possibility of accessing astrometric data directly from the GAIA catalog, the highest resolution catalog of the milky way available to date.