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#1 Waterobert

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Posted 10 October 2019 - 02:38 PM

I did stacking in DSS , however yesterday I downloaded PixInsight and I am wondering if I should redo stacking in the new software. DSS is much simpler to use 😂😂😂



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Posted 10 October 2019 - 02:46 PM

What makes you say that?

 

you can integrate in two ways in Pix 

 

1. manually - calibrating / align and integrate the frames using the stand alone processes or...

 

2. Use Batch Preprocessing script

 

 

I have tested both and in my data unless I have done something daft BPP produces as good as result as manually doing it

 

Use BPP script - load lights - darks and my calibrated dark flats - choose master dark - master flat - uncheck CFA - hit go 

 

it will run its processing script and deliver you a final image without further intervention (normally) 

 

not much different from DSS 

 

I have tried it manually and I find it really hard to see much difference - my old PC would run it overnight as well as its was pretty slow - my new server processes what took 4 hrs or so in under 2 mins - so its not so much an issue but I still prefer to load everything in and hit go!

 

Once you get your head around Pix (and I do recommend buying Warren Keller's book and doing it manually a few times so you understand whats going on during BPP) then I find it as easy to do 

 

I might come across odd sets of data that I have to do manual but I found BPP does a pretty good job - give it a whirl smile.gif

 

cheers

 

Simon 


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Posted 10 October 2019 - 04:12 PM

 

I have tested both and in my data unless I have done something daft BPP produces as good as result as manually doing it

 

Use BPP script - load lights - darks and my calibrated dark flats - choose master dark - master flat - uncheck CFA - hit go 

 

it will run its processing script and deliver you a final image without further intervention (normally) 

 

not much different from DSS 

 

 

You can tell BPP just to 'calibrate' you images and run StarAlignment manually which is what I do.

 

IMHO - PixInsight is much better than DSS as far as calibration and alignment.  PixInsight is significantly better than DSS post processing...


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Posted 10 October 2019 - 04:21 PM

 I am wondering if I should redo stacking in the new software. DSS is much simpler to use

Yes - redo using Lights, Darks, BIAS and Flats.  Use Batch Preprocessing - BatchPreprocessing.

 

PixInsight isn't that complicated.  There are many YouTube video's that walk through the entire process.  A through Z.



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Posted 10 October 2019 - 04:29 PM

You can tell BPP just to 'calibrate' you images and run StarAlignment manually which is what I do.

 

IMHO - PixInsight is much better than DSS as far as calibration and alignment.  PixInsight is significantly better than DSS post processing...

So that's three modes Jim :)

 

Of course cal only too ;) my bad


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Posted 10 October 2019 - 04:33 PM

Here is one of the A through Z video sets Jim was talking about. I started PI using Astro Dude's "Pixinsight for absolute beginners" 12 video series.

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=HIXJJqew6rQ


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Posted 10 October 2019 - 04:53 PM

Astro Dude's "Pixinsight for absolute beginners" 12 video series.

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=HIXJJqew6rQ

This is one of the better video's.  Walk through the entire series.


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Posted 10 October 2019 - 07:37 PM

This is one of the better video's.  Walk through the entire series.

This is how I got my first image processed:  

I had videos running on one laptop while I was working on my data on the other lol.gif lol.gif lol.gif lol.gif lol.gif

I did skip few steps and did stacking in DSS since I played with it once before. 




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