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Advice in building on existing workflow
Hi, can anyone give me any top tips please in regards to building on existing workflows? Say Ive processed an image made up of lights, darks, bias and flats and Ive got to my first integration at the end, but then I go out another night and take a load more. How do I add to that first integration? Or do I have to start from scratch with both nights lights, darks, bias and flats? Is there a quicker way of adding on further sessions?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
It depends whether you can use the master dark and master flat for all of your lights. If you create a master dark en master flat (and a bad pixel map), then you won't have to repeat the whole process of creating new ones every time you have new data. If that's the case, then you still have to reprocess your "old" lights together with the new lights. APP must do a star analysis every time you load in your lights, old or new.
If for some reason you have to make new flat and/or dark frames after every session, then you can tick "Multi Session Processing" in tab 1 "Load". I'm sorry to say: there's no short cut here concerning your light frames. Just be patient, APP does a much better job then any other program, it's worth the waiting.
thanks for the reply and it makes perfect sense. Im hoping to get some decent images going forward.
Im also thinking of "modding" my Nikon D3300 but Im seeing mixed reviews on whether this is worth it or not. I use and Alt/az mount at the moment and have to go for short exposures but will change to an equatorial mount when the funds are available. Not sure if I will then get sufficient HA detail with the current camera and just longer exposures or if I also need to have the camera converted. The basis of my original question as aimed at this in a round about way as all my lights have to be 10 sec bursts so I need lots of them.
Confused isnt the word!