Use our Videos to get started

We’ve made it easy to learn RSpec.  Not only is the software easy-to-use, but there’s a complete set of short tutorial videos that walk you through the getting started.

Not sure where to start? Don’t miss our short Getting Started manual which will point you to the specific videos you need, walking you step-by-step through processing your first spectra with RSpec:


Hands-on Workshop

Tom conducted a well-received, hour-long, hands-on workshop to almost 100 attendees at the joint SAS/AAVSO Symposium.

Now you can experience the workshop first hand!

If you want to follow along on your own computer, download the working files from this link. If you don’t already have a copy of the software, install a trial version from this link.

Let us know your experience. Were you able to follow along? Can you suggest some improvements for our next workshop?




If you already do spectroscopy and want to see how RSpec compares to your current software, watch this fast-paced video: link. This isn’t a tutorial video, so fasten your seat belt and prepare to be amazed by how easy it is to process your spectra with RSpec.

How to watch our videos

There are three ways to watch our videos:

  1. Watch our videos from our site with the links below.
  2. If you’re outside the US, you may want to watch our videos on YouTubelink.  (Possibly smoother international playback as well as optional captions in other languages.)
  3. Or, in the RSpec program itself, you can watch the videos from the Help, Video Library menu option.

Tutorial videos

1. Getting Started. link

2. Capturing a Spectrum profile. link

2.1 Cropping Large Images. link

2.2 Raw DSLR Images. link

2.3 Using an astronomical video camera link

3. Calibrating your Spectrum. link

3.1 How to find the Balmer lines. link

4. Customizing the Profile Graph. link

5. Saving, Exporting, and Printing. link

6. Image Averaging (Stacking) link

7. Using the Focusing Tool. link

8. Translating RSpec into a new Language. link

9. How RSpec uses your chip’s multiple cores. link

10. Adjusting Image Quality with the Histogram stretch. link

11. Previewing images and combining into a Video. link

12. Update 1 – Binning, FWHM. link

13. Update 2 – Enhanced background removal, 2nd Y-axis for Reference, Horizontal Align/Calibrate. link

14. Update 3 – Element Library, Manual dispersion entry, French/German support. link

15. Adjustment for Instrument Response (part of Update 3) link

16. Update 4 – Live Library Preview. link

17. Update 5 – Live Spectrum Synthesis. link

18. Normalizing for enhanced synthesized spectra. link

19. Update 6 – Slant, FWHM, Frame Rate Enhancements, Element Library. link

20. Non-linear Calibration – using more than one point to calibrate in Angstroms. link

22. Update 8 – Enhancements to the Appearance screen, Most Recently Used file selection, full 32-bit FITS processing. link

23. Non-linear, One-Point Calibration – (part of Update 8 ) link

24. One-point, Linear Calibration Revisited – This video doesn’t show any new features, but shows how to calibrate an unknown object in day-to-day operation. link

25. Update 9 – Zooming, negative flux, Dynamic scaling of Reference profile. link

26. Update 10 – Vertical call-out lines, equivalent width, enhancements to delete points. link

27. Update 10b – Pixel map, Color-fill of profile. link

28. Update 11 – Smooth dispersion setting. link

29. Calibrating a spectrum captured on a slit spectrometer. link

30. Update 12 – Real-time flux calibration, discontinuous background removal, etc. link

31. Update 13 – 3D Inspector for spectra,  read 1D FITS files and their headers, drag & drop files to open, poster: link

32. Update 14 – Rotate via dragline, image cropping:  link


Update 15 for RSpec Version 1.9.0

33. Images are displayed in larger format and processing speed improved. link

34. Enhanced video camera processing for more speed, flexibility, and control. link

35. Other features: faster histogram stretch, Raw header display, 1D FITS export, crop to visible profile, splicing profiles, etc. link

Note: if you’re new to spectroscopy, be sure to download our “Getting Started” manual: link.