19 June 2021: Our upload server https://upload.astropixelprocessor.com/ has been migrated successfully to our new office with higher upload and download speeds (nearly 10MByte/sec up/down ) ! We now have 1 general upload user called: upload with password: upload. The users upload1 - upload5 have been disabled.
31 May 2021: APP 1.083-beta2 has been released ! APP 1.083 stable will follow soon afterwards. It includes a completely new Star Reducer Tool, New File Saver Module, Improved Comet registration and much more, check the release notes here!
Fixing defocus and star trails
I have only been using APP a week and I am very impressed. Great work. I was able to get going in a few minutes.
I am sure you all know how defocus and star trails can get into your collections. I have some collections where PHD2 quit and my collections continued with 2 minute subs. I discovered something that is very useful and might make a good addition to APP. There is an algorithm called Lucy-Richardson deconvolution. I have been trying it in Matlab and it seems to do wonders for both these issues. The algorithm needs an estimated point spread function but a nice bright star gives you this. It takes about 5 minutes to calculate for a 61 mpixel image on a fast MacBook Pro.
I and post some examples.
I think Mabula knows about that, he's also interested in deconvolution in a future version of APP. So, we'll need to see if that can be used for some of these examples. In the end though there is only so much software can do and it will probably not be the best for your data, fixing the issues at data gathering is always preferred. I think you can set your capture software to start over when guiding is not ok, I do that to filter a lot (or hopefully just a few) I would throw away anyway later.
Dear Kurt @ispybadguys,
Thanks and you are most welcome!
Thank you very much for bringing this to our attention.
Indeed, like Vincent says, we will introduce deconvolution in a future version to solve issues like you mention. It is on our ToDo 😉
I used to work at a National Laboratory and we designed and built space telescopes. To get the best possible image out of them we would take several images at different focus positions and we could compute the telescope wavefront error from this and the we used Lucy-Richardson to correct the images. Not only can you correct focus errors but also seeing conditions. Nothing is free you have to trade in some SNR to get this.