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Offline glatiak

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Apparent Image grid
« on: 2019 January 24 12:25:38 »
Being a novice with PI, and only a couple of images massaged so far, I have noticed that after drizzle integration my stacked images have a distinct grid as though seen through a screen. I assume I am doing something wrong someplace and have made a few unsuccessful attempts to remove it but to no avail. The source is a Mallincam DS16c -- debayered in PI. Sensor is 4656x3518 pixels, bin 1. The attached image is a crop -- roughly 1/4th the total frame. Any thoughts or suggestions as to how to not have the window screen effect?

Side comment -- colour was almost non-existant, assume I underexposed the thing...

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greg latiak
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Re: Apparent Image grid
« Reply #1 on: 2019 January 26 08:50:27 »
This is a "Me too" post.  I'm getting the same type of grid pattern during image registration (Star Alignment).  This is the same image taken at different steps.  Other images in the group (not shown here) also have a grid pattern but sometimes it is larger and sometimes it is smaller.

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Re: Apparent Image grid
« Reply #2 on: 2019 January 26 09:29:07 »
Are you debayering before integrating? Looks like a debayer pattern to me. Though I notice you mention debayer - is it perhaps drizzling from CFA or not as the case may be?
« Last Edit: 2019 January 26 09:46:05 by dhb2206 »

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Re: Apparent Image grid
« Reply #3 on: 2019 January 27 13:35:22 »
I see this (with my non Bayer camera) if I stretch the background too far.

I believe that it's an artifact of imperfect calibration, combined with stacking dithered frames.  In my images, it looks like some very faint residual of the fixed pattern noise (as seen in a stretched bias frame).  When you align the images, I think it's like an interference pattern (or actually an interference pattern).

In my case, I have to stretch beyond all reasonable measures before it's noticeable, so it is not an issue at all.

Note that I don't think that has anything to do with the color filter array because the scale is way too large.

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Re: Apparent Image grid
« Reply #4 on: 2019 January 31 10:49:03 »
Don't know about other folks, but I found my grid was coming out of drizzle-integration. So by reducing the scale and drop shrink I could make it completely disappear. The later appears to be the driver of the grid. Another 'user error on device' problem -- or perhaps 'de fault is always de user'.

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Re: Apparent Image grid
« Reply #5 on: 2019 February 04 00:21:00 »
Just had a thought. You have set your raw up for Pure Raw on the Format Explorer?

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Re: Apparent Image grid
« Reply #6 on: 2019 February 11 17:16:14 »
And I'm getting one on a much larger scale. 3 nights of mono NB images with the ASI1600MM, drizzled, DBE, etc. and integrated with ChannelCombination. I didn't notice the pattern until I did a StarMask, and then it really popped out.

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Re: Apparent Image grid
« Reply #7 on: 2019 February 11 17:21:48 »
if this happens with mono images then it is likely a calibration problem - the sky background is so weak in a narrowband image, that dark subtraction sometimes leaves negative values (which get clamped to 0) in the calibrated frames.

you can try adding a pedestal of like 100DN in ImageCalibration and the problem should resolve itself.

rob