I won’t make any claims on best, but my workflow is
1) sharpcap for capture, default settings, moon 5ms, Jupiter 4ms Saturn 7ms, adjust gain to get histogram at around 45%
2) Astrosurface, I’ll usually go straight in to wavlets, afterwards I will use the other tools in that program to get as good an image as possible
3) topaz denoise ai…. This is still experimental, if used it is used at most conservative levels and even then it can be too much, but if you have excess noise it can be a valuable tool
4) at this point I save to the cloud and access the photos on my iPad, there are several apps I use depending on what I need to do before sharing, snapseed has an excellent white balance tool and it is also worthy to inspect their curves preset menu…. Just to give you a quick preview of how your photo reacts to various RGb curves. Leonardo is an older program good for text and borders and any compositing you would like to do, and finally just the default iOS photo editor is fine for just going down their list and making final adjustments.
5) at this point I’m sharing results, I upload the full res images to a astronomy group I’m in at MeWE and I have a image resize app that I’ll use to degrade the images to 500kb for here
edit… MeWe does convert my images to jpeg I believe but keeps the resolution you uploaded so I still loose some lunar surface detail, if you don’t want to loose any detail at all then paysites are about your only option with external linking. Amazon photos claims to keep originals but can confirm they do not…. Something as fleeting as the alpine valley rille will disappear after upload. Hopefully this will change in the next few years, but every social media site seems to have their own version of what is acceptable…. Cloudynights being the worse
Edited by GSBass, 22 October 2021 - 08:47 AM.