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: mp4 or Flash. 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.

1. Getting Started. mp4 or Flash

2. Capturing a Spectrum. mp4 or Flash

2.1 Cropping Large Images. mp4 or Flash

2.2 Raw Format. mp4 or Flash

3. Calibrating your Spectrum. mp4 or Flash

3.1 How to find the Balmer lines. mp4 or Flash

4. Customizing the Profile Graph. mp4 or Flash

5. Saving, Exporting, and Printing. mp4 or Flash

6. Improving your Profile by stacking (Frame Averaging) mp4 or Flash

7. RSpec’s Focusing Tool. mp4 or Flash

8. Translating RSpec into a new Language. mp4 or Flash

9. How RSpec uses your chip’s multiple cores. mp4 or Flash

10. Adjusting Image Quality with the Histogram. mp4 or Flash

11. Combining Single Images into a Video. mp4 or Flash

12. Update 1 – Binning, FWHM. mp4 or Flash

13. Update 2 – Enhanced background removal, 2nd Y-axis for Reference, Horizontal Align/Calibrate. mp4 or Flash

14. Update 3 – Element Library, Manual dispersion entry, French/German support. mp4 or Flash

15. Adjustment for Instrument Response (part of Update 3) mp4

16. Update 4 – Live Library Preview. mp4 or Flash

17. Update 5 – Live Spectrum Synthesis. mp4 or Flash

18. Normalizing for enhanced synthesized spectra. mp4 or Flash

19. Update 6 – Slant, FWHM, Frame Rate Enhancements, Element Library. mp4 or Flash

20. Non-linear Calibration – using more than one point to calibrate in Angstroms. mp4 or Flash

21. Update 7 – Live Video Cropping, Preserving Profile Appearance, expanded Element Library. mp4 or Flash

22. Update 8 – Enhancements to the Appearance screen, Most Recently Used file selection, full 32-bit FITS processing. mp4 or Flash

23. Non-linear, One-Point Calibration – (part of Update 8 ) mp4 or Flash

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. mp4 or Flash

25. Update 9 – Zooming, negative flux, Dynamic scaling of Reference profile. mp4 or Flash

26. Update 10 – Vertical call-out lines, equivalent width, enhancements to delete points. mp4 or Flash

27. Update 10b – Pixel map, Color-fill of profile. mp4 or Flash

28. Update 11 – Smooth dispersion setting. mp4 or Flash

29. Calibrating a spectrum captured on a slit spectrometer. mp4 or Flash

30. Update 12 – Real-time flux calibration, discontinuous background removal, etc. mp4 or Flash

31. Update 13 – 3D Inspector for spectra,  read 1D FITS files and their headers, drag & drop files to open, poster: mp4 or Flash

32. Update 14 – Rotate via dragline, image cropping:  mp4 or Flash