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Posted 05 October 2013 - 04:29 PM

Well, too much time and too little money and clear sky department.

In my newfound interest in taking images and assembling into larger image I'd run across a link or two on Maxim that I blew by learning the 'Photoshop way'.

Last night I opened the 'Help' in maxim and typed in the keyword mosaic. One thing I should mention is that my friends in design school say mosaic an odd term as usually it is creating an image from small tiles that are not the image itself (though that can be done too) that this is more a panorama or photomerge. Just throwing that out there...

Anyway - took some understanding exactly what I was reading - in fact my second time through (first was a failure my fault) I just left the help window open and proceeded more carefully - and it worked very well! Woohoo!

Unsure if it is better to be able to combine the image and then flatten the background in Maxim or to do it in the individual panes and then assemble in Photoshop? Both seem to work quite well. Maybe there is an advantage in MaximDL as I can be certain the entire image stretched the exact same - I do most all the major stuff in MaximDL if I can. This would make my overall job far less tedious and detail oriented as if I do this pane by pane there is a lot of numbers to keep track of for the Photoshop method.

In Photoshop favor is that it is slightly more hands off, in fact totally automated. The MaximDL method requires making a new empty frame approx. 'completed size', insert images (must be opened and at convenient size for your screen to work with) and blend / 'snap', check and then save that.

I still have not been able to gather another pane on this so I used my current project of the ic405 and ic410 region. I'm now curious to try same on my pelican/NA nebula and Veil projects.

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Posted 05 October 2013 - 04:44 PM

:) Seems to have worked pretty niceley :ooo:

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Posted 05 October 2013 - 04:51 PM

Very nice! :D Looking forward to seeing what all you can do with this. I really enjoyed your NGC 1499 image. Were you planning to add to it?

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Posted 05 October 2013 - 05:25 PM

wavecloud, Richard - thanks! I really need to at least double the number of frames on both panes - triple would be ideal to help reduce noise in the dim stuff. I think one side has 5 frames L/H, and the R/H 6 frames.

Then repeat for the upper part!

The 1499 I am calling done for now. When / if I do over it will start as an intentional panorama.

One thought came to me while i was playing with MaximDL some more, it's possible - though i will need to do some measuring that it might be able to use less overlap than the Photoshop automated? (entirely conjecture at this time).... I need to do again to try for maximum width and see how smooth it is.

[edit - I would need to reimage to test that idea, but could just take one side]

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Posted 05 October 2013 - 08:10 PM

Very nice job! The mosaic feature in MaxIm DL is one of the best around! Besides the RGB combine feature ... mosaic is the only other feature that I use In MaxIm DL.

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Posted 05 October 2013 - 09:01 PM

Thanks skyguy for the pointer, I am impressed with it. I was curious about the setting that needs to be 5-200 pixels and how that might affect frame transition and overlap so I set it to 200 and cannot see a boundary which is nice. There is considerable overlap here, maybe 35% or so? At least is far less obvious than the Photoshop before further processing makes that (curve following as far as I can see?) difficult to detect. I think for this project I'll try all MaximDL and see how it goes.

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Posted 05 October 2013 - 09:43 PM

Personally, I dislike any method that requires me to write down lots of numbers. So that is a plus for Maxim DL.

I don't understand why the Photoshop method requires that, but if it does :(

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Posted 06 October 2013 - 02:54 PM

I didn't know it had that. Cool!

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