AT8RC with Moonlite & Stepper Motor
Skywatcher 120mm ED PRO
Skywatcher HEQ5 with EQMOD, KWIQ Guider
Nikon D5100 Baader mod by Brent Oliver
12" GSO Dob with Argo-Navis, 102mm Skywatcher Short Tube
Robert The more I learn, The more there is to learn! Orange Zone Dark Site 3 Mounts 4 Imaging Cameras 3 Guide Cameras OTA's = yes
Clear skies - Jim Crazy PNW imager !
A-P Mach1 on 12" concrete pier - ROR structure.
Tak FSQ85-EDX, Tak FS-128. Orion 8" f/3.9 w/MoonLite motorized - MPCC MkIII CCD:
SBIG 8300M/FW8, Astrodon 36mm LRGB, 5nm Ha, 3nm SII, OIII - Canon EOS 6D unmod SSI3, SSAG,
Skytools3pro, MaxImDLpro, PSCS5, PSPpro, TheSkyX, TheSky6, BYE, StarTools
Orion XX14g -for visual- diags, ep's, accy tubes, Binocs .
1987 Meade LX3 2120 10" SCT on hypertuned EQ6 Pro Baader Self-Mod Canon XS_CLS Clip Filter DSI color_Orion ST80 Coulter 10" Compact Odessey Dob http://www.astrobin.com/users/shawnhar
Quote:I finally tried StarTools. Chris, it's not a set of plug-ins like Noel and Anna's tools for PS. It actually replaces PS and provides everything to process your Astro images - At about a tenth of the price of PS.I've also been playing with PixInsight. StarTools and PixInsight both are written for Astrophotography and both allow you to adjust the image while in linear format via a screen stretch. However, they seem to take opposite approaches after that.Pixinsight is a very powerfull program. While Pixinsight gives you total control over everything, the downside is it has a much steeper learning curve. StarTools is much easier to use. It's not black box like Noel and Anna's plug-ins but some of the ideas behind it are similar. It prevented me from making some poor decisions.I've only tried the one image and it was fairly easy and quick to do and the results were similar to what I was able to get in PS with Noel's actions. They were also similar to my PixInsight results. However, the PixIsight took a lot longer to do because I'm not familiar with it. On the other hand StarTools has a minimal learning curve.I'd be very interested in any other opinions. Will post my final opinion after I try a few more images.
GM-8 GII (soon w/OPWB) ; Orion Sirius w/EQMOD
Orion 80ED; AT72ED; AT6RC
Atik 314L+; Atik 420C
Moonlite Focusers, Moonlite stepper motor
Astrodon 5nm Ha, LRGB; Baader OIII, SII
Starlight Xpress 7x1.25" FW
Sequence Generator Pro, PinPoint, PixInsight, PS CS 5
Quote:It is my firm belief that, in this day and age, we should settle for nothing less, and it is this belief that brought me to write StarTools.
Quote:Just wanted to say 'bravo' and congratulations! from brief encounter so far you have certainly succeeded vs. my efforts with maximDLpro+CS5 and my PI adventures. I think you are on to something and going in the right direction! Always interested me that though many programs ask for CCD info - so few actually apply it to real world imaging/processing - maybe that is a feature that could added? that and light pollution, the bane of us backyard imagers...
Quote: What this means is that StarTools knows more about what your intents are, what sequence you processed your image in and how your image evolved from the raw data.Having access to this 'metadata', StarTools then uses this to estimate what (hidden) parameters to use for the different algorithms (i.e. the algorithms are made context sensitive and context aware)
Quote:I would like to have a better understanding of what this means to a specific image. I don't yet understand how my steps make an impact on future processing actions. I feel like if I understood how it "thinks", I could choose to use less noise reduction or less "Dark Anomaly" or maybe more gamma, if I knew what impact it would have later.
Quote:I'm using the latest beta version so I assume the order doesn't matter much anymore. Is this correct or is there a preferred processing order, like your examples with 1.1 and 1.2?
CPC1100, Hyperstar III, Canon T3 (Full Spectrum Mod)
POD XL3 w/PZT (Promethean Visions Observatory) / www.promethean-visions.com
My Astrobin --> Escher's Astrobin Feed
Quote:Yes, Mike that machine is 32 bit. I use a slightly newer machine - also 32 bit - with 2 gig memory and I'm very pleased. I know StarTools works best with a newer 64 bit machine with more memory but there is no harm in trying the free trial - especially with yor file size.Ivo will know for sure, Mike, but I'd try it.
Quote:Just downloaded and I like it so far, but a question...
I have the OSX version - 1.2... I am running 10.8.1,,, I'm getting crashes on several commands - they hang for along while and I have to either force-quit, or the app crashes out. Is this an issue with 10.8.1?
Feel free to PM me if you want to take this off-forum... happy to help any way I can.