Quote:You need Photoshop CS6 Extended edition; if you can get a student license, that will be the best. Note: Plug-ins are mentioned the instructions doc... with links; install is easy, will walk you through once you are ready.
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Quote:Before you spend all that money on PhotoShop, I recommend that you look at a couple of packages that were written just for astronomy. PixInsight and StarTools don't require extra plug-ins and are both cheaper than PhotoShop. The best news is that they they let you test drive before you buy.I'm not recommending that you don't use PhotoShop but that you look at the alternatives first. PhotoShop has been around the longest and most people are very familiar with it. Pixinsight came next and already has a pretty good following. StarTools is fairly new, but of the 3, I found it the best for me. YMMV.
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Quote:I side with Pixinsight. If you wish to wait for Gimp to release 32 bit version, the wait has already been over 5 yrs and counting.PS is not required and very much too expensive. $20 a month forever? No thanks. I have CS5 and 90% is wasted for the average user.I use PHD, BackyardEOS, Pixinsight and ECU for my planetarium program. This is all I need.Pierre
Quote:To add to the software Tim mentioned there is also ImagesPlus to consider.I personally chose to initially use Nebulosity and now use PixInsight rather then spend large chunks of $$ on Photoshop. I have not regretted that decision so far.
Quote:What can PS do that the other programs cannot? Are the other programs mentioned fundamentally "all inclusive" as far as astrophotography goes? Do any of them NOT do something that would hinder success at the beginner to intermediate processing level, learning curves aside?
Quote:I have a Photoshop subscription plan. Cost me $19.99 a month. It's CS6 extended. Works well for me. I uses HLVG which is free and Noel Carbonies Actions which was $19.99 I believe.
Quote:Photoshop CS2 and Star Tools is a great combo for me. Fitswork is free and very powerful but the masks kinda suck and it has a steep learning curve.
Quote:Photoshop is terribly expensive. That is true. So, take advantage of older editions, and student editions, and subscription plans if you can. You can probably even get away without it if you want to try other things. Some of the other packages approach what it can do. But, when you want to operate at the top of this astroimaging thing, you will find that nearly all the top people do something in Photoshop, even those who really like Pixinsight. I remember once being in a workshop with one of the developers of one of the most popular programs out there. It was getting later in the afternoon, and he had not yet gotten to the last finishing of the image. And he had a ton of menu choices related to stretching, noise reduction, color balance, and a whole lot of things written into his program. And somebody said-----Hey---"How do we use these things to finish up the image?" and the developer said "Well, I go to Photoshop to do that stuff, and so do most other people!" Now that was some years ago. I think Photoshop, which was never very good at some of the things we have to do (calibration, registration, stacking, etc.), has been approached by many other programs. But, I still see people heading to it eventually when it is time to really finish off the project. (And yes, this includes many Pixinsight afficianados.)I think it will be replaced someday by AstroImaging specific software.....and Pixinsight is a good candidate for that as it gets developed more. It already does lots of things better than Photoshop. So, do you need it? Nope. But really, you could get by with a less expensive mount, and an uncooled camera, and ........Get a sixteen bit version if you can, and use what you can of it. Alex
Quote:Quote:What can PS do that the other programs cannot? Are the other programs mentioned fundamentally "all inclusive" as far as astrophotography goes? Do any of them NOT do something that would hinder success at the beginner to intermediate processing level, learning curves aside? You are right ! Thanks Mike !Maxx
Quote:Quote:Quote:What can PS do that the other programs cannot? Are the other programs mentioned fundamentally "all inclusive" as far as astrophotography goes? Do any of them NOT do something that would hinder success at the beginner to intermediate processing level, learning curves aside? You are right ! Thanks Mike !Maxx Maxx, they weren't sarcastic questions, LOL! I probably should've been a little more polite and stated I had a few questions of my own to add to your thread. Anyway, what say you guys?
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Quote:Licenses for older versions of PS can be picked up on Ebay for less. CS5 should be sufficient. You can get licenses for under $200.That said, Pixinsight is all I use for AP although I do own CS5. I even use PI for processing some daylight pictures.GIMP is not even up to 16 bits, forget 32. Even Duke Nukem has seen a release. GIMP 16bit is going to out do that long wait.Ajay
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Quote:You do NOT need the latest version of PS (CS6)...
Do not bother with Elements. IMHO it is worthless.
I would much rather spend my money on Adobe LR (LightRoom) for image/file management and LIGHT processing...this is really only usable for processing(again, simple/light processing) for daytime images.
But, after having used it now for 6 months, I LOVE LR...and with CS6 I am in heaven.
But. I also do not think people should have to pay so much for software
But, I WILL gladly pay for BYE, PixInsight, or (some of!) the CCD-Ware stuff(CCDstack/Pempro/CCDnavigator/CCDinspector/etc), ImagesPlus,etc...
But Adobe, ugh...trying to force people to pay monthly fees for using their software? they can blah blah blah blah blah blah!
Just my 2's..
But for starting out, or even experienced users on a budget, CS2 and DSS, both , will be perfectly and just as "good" as CS6, CS5(do not bother IMHO), CS4(better than CS5), and ImagesPlus, or Maxim, or CCDstack, etc...