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Image processing software

PostPosted: Sun Jun 11, 2017 8:16 am
by Tony.673
Hi guys,
I don't post much on astro forums but just read all the posts (i.e. a lurker) due to my usual poor results at image processing.
What I would like to know is, is there a processing package that can match Pixinsight at a price that is realistic. Being retired funds aren't brilliant and all my purchases have to go through the finance controller (the wife).
I have tried the trial version of Pixinsight and find it brings out detail in my subs that I don't seem to get with PS6, but the trial has ended, hence the topic.

Tony

Re: Image processing software

PostPosted: Sun Jun 11, 2017 10:46 am
by silentrunning
Hi Tony

I would have to say no as to whether there is a cheaper package out there that matches Pixinsights' depth although - as you no doubt have found -it is not the easiest or the most intuitive to use. In my opinion it's by far the most technically advanced and flexible package but it can take sometime to set up appropriate work flows. The number of parameters that can be set for any step of the whole process is phenomenal. But I guess you know all this having trialled it. PS is good for the final processing of an image. I had really good results when I used deepskystacker and PS (only version 2) with Annies Actions (http://www.eprisephoto.com/astro-actions) and Noel's actions (http://www.prodigitalsoftware.com/) in fact the results were probably as good as what I achieve using PI - at least subjectively - and were achieved in a fraction of the time that I spend fine tuning PI. I am by nature a tweaker though so I splurged on PI in the end. :))

Re: Image processing software

PostPosted: Sun Jun 11, 2017 10:58 am
by carastro
I agree with John, there are cheaper and free options but they don't have the ability of PI and PS.

Carole

Re: Image processing software

PostPosted: Sun Jun 11, 2017 1:04 pm
by Tony.673
Thanks guys (and Carole of course). I thought this would be the answer, so it seems that I'll have to keep struggling with PS.

Tony

Re: Image processing software

PostPosted: Sun Jun 11, 2017 3:14 pm
by carastro
Try an older version of PS on ebay or something. Anything from CS2 will be fine if you can find a 2nd hand one.

Something like this:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Adobe-Photosh ... SwiQ9ZOxG1

Carole

Re: Image processing software

PostPosted: Sun Jun 11, 2017 6:01 pm
by swag72
There is a new software program on the block (Astro Pixel processor) APP - I am currently making some video tutorials for it as much for my reference as anyone elses. But at the moment there's no price indication, so not sure how it will compare price wise with PI

Re: Image processing software

PostPosted: Sun Jun 11, 2017 6:27 pm
by Tony.673
Hi Carole, I already have PS6 I bought a couple of years back for my normal photography.

Tony

Re: Image processing software

PostPosted: Sun Jun 11, 2017 7:06 pm
by galileo
Have you thought of getting some actions for your PS?
Annies for example, I purchased them recently but am waiting to get some new data in the autumn to try and get to grips with it.

Re: Image processing software

PostPosted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 9:15 am
by wolfman_55
You could try Startools. I've had some really good results with it and some I don't understand. I need to spend more time getting to know its in's and out's. Its cheaper than PI:

http://www.startools.org/

Here's NGC7331 which I re-processed with Startools:

http://astrob.in/291088/0/

Dave

Re: Image processing software

PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 12:03 pm
by Tony.673
Thanks for the input folks. I have downloaded the trial version of Astro Pixel processor and I'll see how it performs with some of my subs. I will also give Startools a go and see how they compare.

Tony