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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 7:13 pm 
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Hi guys,

Its been a while, watsup?

Just thought I would share my recent foray into AstroPhotography. At the weekend it was clear and as I have just brought a bench supply I can now power my mount all night without worrying about a battery going! So I decided to try my hand at Orion with my 105mm macro lens on my D7000.

This is a result of 10min stacks totalling 2hr 40min. I have been having very bad troubles with using DSS to edit my stacks which would often look very grey and flat and accentuate and gradients. Following a conversation with someone on another forum I have decided to give PixInsight a go and downloaded a free trial. All I can say is wow....

A tough piece of software with lots of functionality but the results are amazing and Im very pleased with what I managed to get out just 'playing' with the tools.

This is the original DSS stack which has been stretched:

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Rubbish!!!

Here is the raw stack from DSS processed in PI:

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Still not perfect but a marked difference!

My free trial lasts 45 days and after that a license will cost around £140 but, in my limited testing, it looks like it will be worth every penny of that!

Anyway, enough from me, thanks for looking and as always thoughts and comments welcome.

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Welcome to the PixInsight club. I first heard about it via Bob, and ended up buying it myself soon enough!

After that, you need to resist the urge for something long and fast to get more detail...

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 7:33 pm 
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Hey Popo, it looks like an awesome piece of software and I can feel my wallet getting lighter......

As for kit, its my 30th next month and I have persuaded the missus to let me get a QHY9 mono with filters.......wooohooo

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