Hi, I am a complete beginner with photometry. I just ran my first photometry run with Maxim DL and a CCD camera a few nights ago. It looks like all that Maxim DL does is plot the magnitudes of each star (target star, reference star, and check star) independently on a graph. It also allows you to export your data to CSV or AAVSO format reports. That's apparently all Maxim DL does. I have a few questions:
First Question : I heard that Maxim DL's magnitude readings are not very accurate. Can anyone confirm that? Is there more accurate software out there that I should use instead of Maxim DL to take photos and report magnitudes with?
Second Question : I would like to do extremely accurate (as accurate as possible) differential photometry to study variable stars and especially exoplanets. Can anyone make a recommendation on what is the best software available for analyzing the .fit photos? My objectives for this software are (in the order of importance):
1) Windows based
2) As accurate as possible for extremely sensitive differential photometry
3) Versitile and capable of excellent analysis
4) Easy to learn
5) Easy to use
6) Good documentation and support
7) Widely used by professionals and ameteurs
Someone recommended Mira Pro, but that is the only recommendation I have received so far. I would be interested in other's opinion of Mira Pro as well as any other software that might be better. Thanks.