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!
Star Reducer with spikes do not work good in Beta2
I'm currently testing the new "Star reducer" in Beta2.
Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to work well with newtonian telescopes. Unfortunately, the spikes create a lot of artifacts.
Will that be improved in the final version?
The idea of making the stars smaller in the linear image is a great and definitely the right way to get good stars!
To improve speed, the change should only be made in a specific window. So you can find the best settings by changing the sliders and only apply them to the entire image at the end.
It is being improved yes, not sure if that would apply specifically to this, but the current version has more trouble with a very busy star field and nebulosity which sometimes looks like a star to the algorithm. So I would wait a bit for the next releases.
Very good Mabula. If it helps, I can send you the FITS file.
I am sure that the star reduce tool will be a great feature in APP!