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#1 stars n planets

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Posted 15 February 2020 - 05:21 AM

Im just on the foothills of imaging and processing. And i have been using DSS and photoshop. I have been keeping it simple with curves and levels. But im interested in everyones workflows and software packages in use.

What free software is good for deepsky object processing. Or are the any free plugins that can be used with photoshop.

Thanks

#2 UniversalMaster

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Posted 15 February 2020 - 06:04 AM

Pixinsight and GIMP is all I am using.

#3 stars n planets

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Posted 15 February 2020 - 06:32 AM

Pixinsight and GIMP is all I am using.


Is Gimp free? And is it better than photoshop

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Posted 15 February 2020 - 06:50 AM

Astrophotography ≠ free


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Posted 15 February 2020 - 09:33 AM

Planetarium/ session planning = Starry Nights Pro Plus

Capture = APT

Calibration/Stacking = CCD Stack

Processing = Photoshop CC

Plugins that I find valuable for PS = GradientXterminator, Carboni’s Astronomy Actions, Hasta La Vista Green (HLVG), Noise Ninja

Unfortunately, none of the above are free. 
 

Derek


Edited by schmeah, 15 February 2020 - 09:34 AM.

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#6 Der_Pit

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Posted 15 February 2020 - 09:44 AM

If you look for free programs:

Planetarium: KStars, Stellarium, Skychart

Capture:  KStars/EKOS, CCDCiel, OACapture, ASI Studio (only free to use), likely quite some more.

Processing:  ASTAP, Siril, GIMP.

 

(I myself only use KStars and GIMP from that list)



#7 bortle2

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Posted 15 February 2020 - 10:24 AM

Is Gimp free? And is it better than photoshop

It's not only free, but it's also open-source. After all, GIMP stands for GNU Image Manipulation Program.

 

Fun fact: to build GIMP, its team had developed GTK (and later GTK+), the GIMP Toolkit, which was later also used for the development of major Linux desktops such as GNOME (Ubuntu Linux and many, many others) and Cinnamon (Linux Mint).

 

On Linux, GIMP is infinitely better than Photoshop -- simply because Photoshop is not available there.

 

On Windows and Mac, I'd say Photoshop is better: because of a) new AI-based processing tools like background removal, smart clone brushes, and the likes, and b) better plug-in support. So, for vast majority of people Photoshop should be viewed as much more advanced these days.

 

For me, personally, they are on par as to their capabilities, as I do not "photoshop" my images; whatever I need is present in GIMP. Then again, there's that dreaded Adobe subscription model, which I simply cannot stand... I must say I'm not against subscriptions as such, I pay a bit less than a grand in software subscriptions a year, but I just cannot stand the Adobe model, and the way they pushed it down the throats of their customers during transition period (when stand-alone versions of their SW were still available as well), so I just decided to stick with GIMP irrespective of how it compares to PS.


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Posted 16 February 2020 - 08:35 AM

  1. KStars/EKOS (free and open source)
  2. PixInsight (non-free and closed source but with open source parts (https://github.com/PixInsight) . I bought a license)
  3. Gimp (free and open source)

 

I also have AstroPixelProcessor (I bought a license), but have not put serious time into it as of yet.

 

ps. I use all on Linux.


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Posted 16 February 2020 - 10:35 AM

Capture/control: NINA, PHD2, CDC

Processing: DSS, Photoshop CC

 

The first set (capture) is indeed all free.  And extremely competitive with the not-free software.

The second set (processing) is mixed -- DSS is free (and terrific), Photoshop obviously isn't.  But aside from astrophotography I already have a CC subscription anyway.  And I tried PixInsight, and am not a fan.  

 

It's not a money issue for me, I can afford to buy whatever software I need.  In most cases, I find the free software to be exceptional, well-supported, and to have all the features I need.  And under more active/responsive development with the open-source model.


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Posted 16 February 2020 - 01:00 PM

Astroart 7:

 

http://www.msb-astroart.com/

 

Image planning, guiding, pointing with standalone platesolving, capture, preprocessing, processing and analysis.


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Posted 16 February 2020 - 07:30 PM

Astroart 7:

 

http://www.msb-astroart.com/

 

Image planning, guiding, pointing with standalone platesolving, capture, preprocessing, processing and analysis.

I also use AstroArt 7.    Great software.  I started with AA2 and have kept upgrading over the years.

 

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Posted 17 February 2020 - 03:32 AM

Capture and control: Voyager, SharpCap Pro, PHD2, Planewave PlateSolve2

Stacking: DeepSkyStacker (DSS), Autostakkert (AS!3)

Processing: PixInsight, Photoshop + AstronomyTools actions, CaptureOne. 


Edited by cabfl, 17 February 2020 - 09:31 AM.


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Posted 17 February 2020 - 09:47 AM

Capture: FAST + PHD2

Processing: PS + PI



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Posted 18 February 2020 - 12:39 PM

Bunch of them, you can read that in my signature.



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Posted 18 February 2020 - 06:22 PM

I am an APT and Cartes Du Solei user. I have just started to experiment with NINA https://daleghent.com

 

So far I am very impressed. It's basically and all in one software solution. It's free but if I manage to get some good results I'll be making a donation. Opensource solutions like this are fantastic these days. I look forward to seeing what Dale Ghent does next with this software.



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Posted 18 February 2020 - 07:31 PM

I use PHD2 and Cartes du Ciel, though these days automation has made it so I rarely run CdC.

 

I couldn't find any astro capture software I liked (tried almost all of it) so I wrote an automation suite in Python that works with ASCOM, Alpaca or INDI.   Been using it about 9 months for a few hundred hours of data capture:

 

https://www.astrobin.../search/?q=rass

 

It is based on a plan style similar to ACP and does a 'highest priority/furthest west' scheduling using my local horizon profile.  Probably not useful to most people but handles my use case nicely.


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Posted 18 February 2020 - 11:23 PM

I run PHD2 and Kstars on RPi4 for capturing and PI on desktop for processing. 

Alex



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Posted 19 February 2020 - 07:57 AM

I started with APT, PHD2 and Stellarium for acquisition and DSS and PS for processing. My acquisition hasn't changed, I just evolved to use more APT automation features.

 

I used my entire evaluation period for StarTools and decided it wasn't for me, then used my entire evaluation period for Astro Pixel Processor and bought a year license for that. APP replaced 100% of DSS and 98% of PS for me, my current workflow uses APP for everything except final tweaking and noise reduction, which I do in PS Camera Raw.

 

At some point when I have more experience and time to fully use my trial period I will evaluate PI.



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Posted 19 February 2020 - 09:27 AM

MaxIm DL for imaging, guiding and sometimes calibration/stacking.

PixInsight for processing.




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