Hi there, so after a few months of observing, photographing and fighting the many and varied software programs out there, I feel I'm finally getting to a point at which I have a decent workflow for processing my images. I would especially like to thank everyone on this forum who have supported me get to this point, I still have a way to go but thought I'd just put this out there and see what feedback I get.
Since I'm using a 6" SCT with a Canon 700D on an Alt-Az mount, there's are few extra bits in my workflow required to remove field rotation (thanks to Darryl aka Kokatha Man and Christophe Pellier for their help) with WinJupos. I still don't love wavelet sharpening in Registax, but I think I've got some reasonable values for my image sizes that kind of work for me. If there's a good alternative I'm all ears . Using the workflow below, I've been able to get some decent images of the recent transit of Europa (see below). I don't like sharpening too hard and making Jupiter appear clown like, but maybe I could go harder.
I also find it interesting that my images of Jupiter appear much more yellow/red than others posting here, maybe this is due to the DSLR vs ZWO cameras? Anyway, my workflow is below, interested in any feedback, thanks.
1. Take 5000 – 10000 frames in a single session @ 20fps, 5 - 10 loops of 1000
2. Add frames to PIPP to convert to lossless ULRG avi, flip vertical and horizontal as necessary to get into WinJupos format, both for direct imaging, horizontal when using diagonal. Centre, crop and offset as required, set framerate to measured value.
3. Use first frame from new avi as measurement frame for WinJupos, convert to UT for measurement.
4. Run de-rotate video in WinJupos, remembering to use UT for both video and image file. Click both “Compensation of field rotation” and “Accurate Signal frame calc”. Save as ser file.
5. Drag de-rotated video file into AS!3 and process normally. Choose 25/50/75% stacking options, 30-40 alignment points, RGB align, Laplace Δ 6, no double stacking.
6. Drag stacked images to Registax, choose “Jupiter scheme medium.rwv”, save to file.
7. Take sharpened images to Photoshop, use “Easy.Filter / SmartCurve” and press “Auto”, set max L channel to 240.
8. Add PS sharpening, try 100% with pixel size 2.0, noise reduction & saturation as necessary.
9. Rotate final image to straighten, crop and fill with black colour as necessary.
Image from 5000 frames using this workflow, best 25% stacked.