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Residual Bulk Image (RBI) effect  

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(@maxsurlaroute)
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February 20, 2020 01:52  

Hello,

I used a telescope at iTelscope and when downloading the masters I got the following message:
"Bias Frames do not scale with RBI CCD. Please use matching darks."

I understand that the "Residual Bulk Image effect" brings difficulties to produce a conforming "master bias" because on some Full-Frame CCD detectors suffer from kind of “visual memory effect”. Bright parts of the previously acquired image are visible as weak and blurred image on the following exposures, even if they are dark frames, taken with a shutter closed. 

Under APP 1.075, is there a solution to remedy this difficulty? If yes, how do that ?

Tanks in advance and have a nice day.

Master Dark 3 3056x3056 Bin1x1 Temp 25C ExpTime180s

 

This topic was modified 2 months ago 2 times by Max Surlaroute

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(@mabula-admin)
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February 20, 2020 18:39  

Dear @maxsurlaroute,

To properly process images from a RBI sensor, you will need to make sure that you have the correct calibration data. You will want to calibrate the lights with darks and the flats with flat darks.

So that message while downloading indicates that you will need to use matching darks for your lights and matching flatdarks for the flats (the masterflat should be okay off course and properly created by iTelescope). Whether you use the Masterbias or not is not that important, because the bias signal will off course be in the darks and the flatdarks.

Now the masters should be properly created by iTelescope and if you apply them to your lights, you should end up with good calibrated data. The RBI signal should be calibrated out by the darks and flatdarks giving you correct calibrated data. So the calibration data should take of the RBI signal. This is an example of iTelescope T31 with a RBI sensor:

Light frame stretched, you can see the RBI signal of the sensor:

raw T31 christian NGC 253 20190824 013615 Luminance BIN1 E 300 001 St

MasterBias, MasterDark, MasterFlat, check the difference between the MasterDark and the MasterBias, on the MasterDark you see more of the residual signal of the sensor and that is also visible in the raw light frame:

MB ISO gain 0.0 exp 0.0s 13subs FLI 3056x3056 NR med St
MD ISO gain 0.0 exp 300.0s 23subs FLI 3056x3056 NR avg St
MF ISO gain 0.0 exp 2.04s 10subs FLI 3056x3056 SC 1 3.0 noBl med Luminance St

The calibrated light frame stretched with these masters:

calibrated raw T31 christian NGC 253 20190824 013615 Luminance BIN1 E 300 001 St

So if you have downloaded the proper masters from iTelescope, you should be able to get proper calibrated frames without any magic on APP's part or your part. The key is having correct calibration data to start with 😉

Have you tried calibrating your lights with the masters that you downloaded? Is it looking correct or not?

Kind regards,

Mabula

 

 

 

This post was modified 1 month ago by Mabula Haverkamp - Admin

Main developer of Astro Pixel Processor and owner of Aries Productions


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February 21, 2020 12:27  

Wow, first time I hear about image retention as a sensor side-effect. Just read a bit about it, very interesting. Is this just the case in older CCD sensors? I never came across it..


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(@maxsurlaroute)
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February 22, 2020 20:11  

Hi @vincent-mod,

According to my very recent research on the web since my first questioning on this RBI phenomenon, it would not seem so rare and that even on high quality CCDs. It describes a set of solutions or how to deal with it according to the severity of the RBI phenomenon (preflash, etc.).

Here is a link as an example

Have a nice day,

Max


(@maxsurlaroute)
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February 22, 2020 21:28  

Hi @mabula-admin,

Indeed I tested your solution and the result seems acceptable to me in the circumstances.

However, when analyzing the BAD PIXEL MAP (BPM) file created from the MASTERDARK (MD), this one had a striking similarity to the MASTERBIAS (MB) that I often used.. I asked myself the following questions:

Q1- Would it have been appropriate to use a BPM as an MB in the absence of this one?

Q2-If yes, how do I proceed or if not, how does APP use BPM during treatment with or without MB?

Tanks and Have a nice day,

Max

Master Dark 3 3056x3056 Bin1x1 Temp 25C ExpTime180s St

BPM 3056x3056 St

 


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February 24, 2020 20:56  
Posted by: @maxsurlaroute

Hi @mabula-admin,

Indeed I tested your solution and the result seems acceptable to me in the circumstances.

However, when analyzing the BAD PIXEL MAP (BPM) file created from the MASTERDARK (MD), this one had a striking similarity to the MASTERBIAS (MB) that I often used.. I asked myself the following questions:

Q1- Would it have been appropriate to use a BPM as an MB in the absence of this one?

Q2-If yes, how do I proceed or if not, how does APP use BPM during treatment with or without MB?

Tanks and Have a nice day,

Max

Master Dark 3 3056x3056 Bin1x1 Temp 25C ExpTime180s St

BPM 3056x3056 St

 

Hi Max @maxsurlaroute,

Excellent, that is good to hear 😉

Q1: no, a Bad Pixel Map is something completely different than a MasterBias, they serve very different purposes...

Q2: not applicable then 😉

The MasterBias is needed to subtract the bias signal with it's bias offset/pedestal. And if there are fixed patterns in the bias signal, the bias subtraction will remove those from the lights/flats.

The Bad Pixel Map is an 8bit map with only 3 values. 0 for cold/defect pixels, 127 for linear pixels and 255 for the hot pixels. The application of the BPM is not a subtraction like a MasterBias/MasterDark. It's also not a division like a MasterFlat.

The Bad Pixels in the BPM (values 0 & 255) are corrected in the light frames by interpolation of surrounding linear and thus good pixels 😉

Mabula

Main developer of Astro Pixel Processor and owner of Aries Productions


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(@maxsurlaroute)
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February 25, 2020 03:54  

Hi @mabula-admin,

Thank you very much for these important clarifications to me and for my understanding of the processes of the different elements of APP. 👍 

Have a nice day and clear sky,

Max

 


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