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Tutorials and Processing Examples / Re: 1.8.5 @ IP4AP.com
« on: 2017 September 11 18:06:39 »
Warhen,

I may have missed it, but will these be made available as updates to Inside PixInsight?

Thanks,

Jim

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Geez, take a little time away to retire and have my hip replaced and all of a sudden, 1.8.5 is on the horizon  :D :D :D

Juan and Co., thank you so much for the continued dedication.  Gonna have lots to add to my workbook when all of these fun new tools start appearing in the update list.

Best,

Jim

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General / Re: Resizing PI Window and Icons
« on: 2017 March 29 17:54:00 »
Once again you prove you are a gentleman and a scholar.  That was it exactly.  For me 1.0 was too small but 1.25 did the job beautifully.

Thanks!

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General / Re: Resizing PI Window and Icons
« on: 2017 March 29 16:21:27 »
No, I have been able to resize those to the size I want.  Its just in PI that I am having the issue.

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General / Resizing PI Window and Icons
« on: 2017 March 29 16:13:04 »
Hey folks,

Should know this but have a new monitor (Dell UP3216Q) with resolution of 3840 x 2160, however, my PI window and icons simply scaled up to take up the same space as my old system.  What do I need to do to reduce the size of the icons, titlebars, etc.

Thanks,

Jim

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Unless your stars are a problem, HT is still the best, but Harry's Astroshed site has a great tutorial about doing both and then combining them to get the best effect. 

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Mike,

Looking forward to the update.  Didn't comment earlier but the new "load variance scale" is a great add and has really improved the noise reduction on my images.

Thanks,

Jim

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General / Re: Is PixInsight an application in terminal decline???
« on: 2017 January 19 09:01:43 »
For those of us who happily abandoned PS and its clunky interface that had and has no real relation to astroimage processing (which is why you need several other programs to do preprocessing before you can even use PS on an astroimage), PI has been, and I expect will continue to be, a happy home with dedicated users and a fabulous development team that extends beyond Juan himself, as stated in the his own post.  I actually find the forum amazingly active and helpful, though it is not a generic bull session which is why you see posts centered on PI and not the hobby generally.  There are tons of those if that is what you are looking for (and why I avoid those like the plague).  What I want and get here is an active group of extremely knowledgeable and helpful users who talk shop about how to get the best out of PI.   

As far as easy or hard, anything worthwhile has a learning curve.  But having spent so much on equipment to collect your data, don't you want to use the best tool by far to process it? And to help with the learning. Waren's book is a great place to start.  Harry's astroshed online has great material as well and I offer my own workbook for free that I share with around 200 users around the world.  If interested in a copy, just drop me a line at jkmorse57@gmail.com and I will be happy to send it along to you.

Best,

Jim   

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+1 Mike on the tutorial.  Great content and much needed since for most people star masks, particularly in the linear stage, can be a black box   :-\.

Thanks,

Jim

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Image Processing Challenges / Re: When Not How!!!!!!
« on: 2017 January 05 08:17:30 »
Steve,

Best answer is to test both ways.  I find that you get better control over what you want to saturate with CurvesTransform for sat before combine.  The slider in LRGB Combination is a much less subtle tool.

Jim

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General / Re: Colour Calibration
« on: 2017 January 04 10:13:06 »
If you have captured the heart of the Rosette, you should have adequate background to work with.  Just zoom in and select an area without stars.  If you need to combine several to get enough material, then simply use the preview combine feature.

Good luck,

Jim

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Image Processing Challenges / Re: When Not How!!!!!!
« on: 2017 January 04 10:01:46 »
Steve,

The reason I boost saturation is that the colors tend to get washed out as a part of the combine and that helps preserve deeper colors.

As simple as that.

Best,

Jim

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Image Processing Challenges / Re: When Not How!!!!!!
« on: 2016 December 31 14:27:37 »
Here's my post stretch list:

27.   Increase Color Saturation (Saturation or Curves)*
28.   Apply SCNR to remove excess green
29.   Use CurvesTransformation to adjust Saturation, Hue and color, especially for NB*
30.   Non-Linear Noise Reduction of RGB/NB and Lum (MMT and/or TGVD)*
31.   HT Touchup of images (reset black point w/o clipping); repeat as needed below
32.   Star Align RGB/NB and Lum Images (not necessary with a SynLum)
33.   LinearFit Lum & L component of RGB/NB images, then do LRGB/LNB Combine
34.   If needed for HDR image, use HT to brighten target, w/o saturating**
35.   HDRMT to increase detail*
36.   Morphological Transformation to tighten stars*
37.   MLT and/or MMT for sharpening*
38.   Dark Structure Enhancement*
39.   LHE application*
40.   Clean up background using MorphologicalTransformation, Convolution & DeSat*
41.   Final Saturation Curve touch-up


This is all from my workbook which I share with about 200 PI users around the world.  If you are interetested, just drop me a line at jkmorse57@gmail.com.

Best,

Jim

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Wish List / Re: Does PI support GPU acceleration?
« on: 2016 December 31 14:22:17 »
I think there was a subsequent report that basically said, don't hold your breath.  I now think this is on the back, back burner.

Jim

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General / Re: SHOW ME THE NOISE AD GRADIENTS
« on: 2016 December 20 14:32:55 »
Rob,

Can you share the settings you used for the DBE process.  I rarely get as detailed a final gradient image as the one you included.  Would love to see what settings you are using.

Thanks,

Jim

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