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Title: New to PI - General guideline..
Post by: np252003 on 2017 September 29 07:39:49
Hello all ,
my name is Nikos and i am new to Pixinsight :-[  :)
I have bought the software almost 2 years ago,but to be honnest i quit the first week because it seemed to me in the beginning , difficult to learn.
Some weeks ago i started watching some tutorials and working with some of my images ...I felt fascinated  :D :D :D. It is amazing how many you can do...
As i am still in the begining i would be appreciated to tell me if there is somewhwere a simple step guide.
For instance , i am still confused on what to do after stacking etc. Deconvolution - has to be done in final master frames (all colours - or only luminance)?In Linear or non linear and much more...
Thanks in advance

Nikos
www.nunki.gr
Title: Re: New to PI - General guideline..
Post by: jshortt on 2017 September 29 08:32:42
I recommend Warren Keller's excellent book "Inside Pixinsight". Chapter by chapter he walks you through a processing workflow (for either monochrome or colour cameras). Just over half way in the book he summarizes the work flow in an easy to understand diagram. He then discusses some more advanced topics.

Keep in mind that you'll probably encounter stumbling blocks at each step along the way and you'll have to persist, as we all do, through them.

There are also a number of excellent online resources including: http://www.harrysastroshed.com/ (http://www.harrysastroshed.com/),  http://www.lightvortexastronomy.com/tutorials.html (http://www.lightvortexastronomy.com/tutorials.html) and the pixinsight site itself https://pixinsight.com/videos/ (https://pixinsight.com/videos/)

John
Title: Re: New to PI - General guideline..
Post by: RichInLesta on 2017 September 29 10:18:34
I agree with jshortt.  If I recall, he also recommended "Inside Pixinsight" to me when I was just starting out, and it truly is an excellent resource.  But what I found MOST helpful for myself was following the step-by-step tutorials at the lightvortextastronomy link that he provides below.  There's one in particular (http://www.lightvortexastronomy.com/tutorial-pre-processing-calibrating-and-stacking-images-in-pixinsight.html) which I ALWAYS refer to when pre-processing my images.  I've completed a couple of dozen images over the past year or so and am finding myself referring to the steps there less frequently, but it provided what I needed to be successful from the the very beginning--and success is what keeps you going.

Pixinsight can be very complex and intimidating, and I know I've barely scratch the surface.  For example, I can now "deviate" from documented processes, but I still don't quite know what each function does and how it does it, so my deviations are all trial-and-error.  My images are getting better, and it's also helped me improve my image-taking by seeing the results of various image-taking settings (changing apertures, image capture times, etc.).

Whatever approach you take, however, I would recommend sticking with ONE until you're comfortable with the interface of Pixinsight.  You can find ten different ways to pro-process your images, and trying to follow each will confuse more than educate.  So use one until you're comfortable before trying alternatives.

And good luck!  It can be tough, but very rewarding!
Title: Re: New to PI - General guideline..
Post by: John_Gill on 2017 September 30 05:14:29
Hi,

I have a very summarize text version (40kb) of a tutorial I found on www.lightvortextastronomy.com  My version covers DSLR imaging but can be adapted for LRGB and NB.  The sequence/workflow/setting work fantastically for me.  If you want a copy then drop me a mail.

The book, Inside PixInsight is an excellent in-depth guide!

Look up
John
Title: Re: New to PI - General guideline..
Post by: np252003 on 2017 September 30 10:52:30
Hello all
and thanks for the prompt replies.
John i would like a copy please if you dont mind...  :) :) :)
I found a a workflow that it suits for me but i really am confused as for the below.
1.Deconvolution - a) Has to be done in final master Lum (and in RGB masters or only Lum?)- In Linear or non linear mode?
I have already order Keller's book but untill it arrives any help would be apreciated
Title: Re: New to PI - General guideline..
Post by: John_Gill on 2017 October 01 01:05:47
Hi,

Send me your email address and I will forward you a small text document which is the workflow I use.  I summarized a workflow from a tutorial on www.lightvortexastronomy.com   I currently only use a DSLR camera, so I cannot help with LRGB and NB.

Look up
John
Title: Re: New to PI - General guideline..
Post by: np252003 on 2017 October 01 05:51:30
Just sent you a pm

Thanks in advance  :)
Title: Re: New to PI - General guideline..
Post by: jkmorse on 2017 October 02 06:23:56
If you are interested, I have a 77 page PI workbook that I offer free for the asking.  Just drop me a line at jkmorse57@gmail.com and I will be happy to send along.

Best,

Jim
Title: Re: New to PI - General guideline..
Post by: msmythers on 2017 October 02 06:54:06
The Cribsheet is back ;) Long live the cribsheet.

Hi Jim, haha.


Mike
Title: Re: New to PI - General guideline..
Post by: jkmorse on 2017 October 02 14:26:28
Now I just have to catch up with all the 1.8.5 changes and issue Rev 42  :-\