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[Solved] Star Color Calibration with Narrowband Data


(@whixson)
Red Giant Customer
Joined: 4 years ago
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I use narrowband filters, including L-Extreme, for much of m y data. Is there a preferred way to calibrate star colors, or does it even make sense to try?

Wayne

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(@mabula-admin)
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Dear Wayne @whixson,

Star Color Calibration only really makes sense on broadband RGB data. It can never be performed on narrowband data because Black Body physics needs information of the whole RGB spectrum or at least a large part of that.

The star intensities on those narrowband wavelenghts can deviate big time from the broadband RGB spectrum of the star, because it probably has emission or absorption lines superimposed on the RGB spectrum especially on those narrowband wavelenghts...

So if you want correct star colors you always need to add RGB data. If you only work with narrowband, the star colors will never be properly calibrated.

Mabula


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(@whixson)
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Thanks Mabula. Kind of figured that. Does APP have any tools to integrate RGB stars into a nb image?

wayne


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(@mabula-admin)
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Sure, simply use the RGB Combine Tool to combine Narrowband with BroadBand.

I will soon make a video Tutorial about how you can get RGB stars and Narrowband Nebula like this (this is RGB + SHO data) without even removing stars are using starmasks in the RGB and SHO data:

Rosette RGBSHO original

You can of course reduce/remove the narrowband stars if you want first in the narrowband data before combining with RGB.

 


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(@drreagan)
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Mabula,

A tutorial would be much appreciated! I am also struggling to understand how to replace narrowband stars with RGB stars.

APP has grown so much since I started using it in 2019. Many thanks for all of the speed and functionality improvements in 1.083.3! I especially like the improvements in the star reduction module. That is the one other are where a tutorial would be helpful - for star reduction on only the larger stars. 

Thanks again for all of your hard work!

David


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(@stargazer63)
Molecular Cloud Customer
Joined: 2 years ago
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Posted by: @mabula-admin

Sure, simply use the RGB Combine Tool to combine Narrowband with BroadBand.

I will soon make a video Tutorial about how you can get RGB stars and Narrowband Nebula like this (this is RGB + SHO data) without even removing stars are using starmasks in the RGB and SHO data:

Rosette RGBSHO original

You can of course reduce/remove the narrowband stars if you want first in the narrowband data before combining with RGB.

 

That would be a great Tutorial! Looking forward to it!

Jim


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(@ippiu)
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Posted by: @mabula-admin

 

I will soon make a video Tutorial about how you can get RGB stars and Narrowband Nebula like this (this is RGB + SHO data) without even removing stars are using starmasks in the RGB and SHO data:

9 months have passed and no sign of tutorial yet...

Can we hope to have this tutorial as Christmas gift? 🤣 


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(@mabula-admin)
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Hi @ippiu,

documentation and video tutorials will get the attention after the 2.0.0 stable release which has all the priority now.

A workflow for RGB + Narrowband  with good RGB stars is not that difficult with APP these days, let me give you a short but good method:

1) Make a RGB composite

2) Star color calibrate that composite

3) make the SHO (or HOO etc) narrowband composite

4) Tune the NarrowBand (NB) composite completely as you would like have it in the final RGB-NB result using the RGB Combine Tool & Selective Color Tool

5) Load both RGB (Star color calibrated) and NB composite into the RGB Combine Tool

6) Keep multipliers fixed for the RGB channels, for instance at default 1.0x

7) Tune the multipliers for the NB composite while keeping them the same, for instance all at 2.0x

There will be a multiplier where the stars still look like star color calibrated stars and where the narrowband signal starts to show nicely !

A next step for improvement would be to perform star removal or star reduction in the SHO composite, making it easier for the RGB stars to show 🙂

Mabula

 


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(@ippiu)
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Joined: 4 years ago
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@mabula-admin 

Thanks Mabula

But by this time, I've been imaging for 2 years apart just "stars" (Uv Ir cut filter) for 30-45 minutes, then separate them with Starnet or StarX, create a star-mask, work on it separately, post process and put stars back onto final nebula or galaxy... 


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(@stargazer63)
Molecular Cloud Customer
Joined: 2 years ago
Posts: 5
 
Posted by: @mabula-admin

Hi @ippiu,

documentation and video tutorials will get the attention after the 2.0.0 stable release which has all the priority now.

A workflow for RGB + Narrowband  with good RGB stars is not that difficult with APP these days, let me give you a short but good method:

1) Make a RGB composite

2) Star color calibrate that composite

3) make the SHO (or HOO etc) narrowband composite

4) Tune the NarrowBand (NB) composite completely as you would like have it in the final RGB-NB result using the RGB Combine Tool & Selective Color Tool

5) Load both RGB (Star color calibrated) and NB composite into the RGB Combine Tool

6) Keep multipliers fixed for the RGB channels, for instance at default 1.0x

7) Tune the multipliers for the NB composite while keeping them the same, for instance all at 2.0x

There will be a multiplier where the stars still look like star color calibrated stars and where the narrowband signal starts to show nicely !

A next step for improvement would be to perform star removal or star reduction in the SHO composite, making it easier for the RGB stars to show 🙂

Mabula

 

Thank you so much Mubula for that step by step explanation!


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(@stargazer63)
Molecular Cloud Customer
Joined: 2 years ago
Posts: 5
 

Hello Mubula, 

I did this over the weekend and it worked great! Thanks again for reply and explanation.


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