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(@mabula-admin)
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May 21, 2017 22:31  

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Welcome all,

This forum is the place to post all of your questions regarding Astro Pixel Processor.

Before posting questions, please read the latest version of the Quick Reference Guide.

Next browse the forum to check if the question is not already answered in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) forum or another forum.

I ask everyone on the forum to

  • respect each other
  • share your knowledge, experience and images created with APP
  • be polite
  • try to communicate in English

 

 You can upload and attach several file/image formats in your topics. Currently the following file formats are allowed:

  • jpg
  • jpeg
  • jpe
  • gif
  • png
  • bmp
  • tiff
  • tif
  • pdf

The maximum file size is set at 15MB.

Kind regards,

Mabula

Main developer of Astro Pixel Processor and owner of Aries Productions


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(@richard85392)
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Joined: 1 year  ago
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January 15, 2018 03:38  

Hi, I am using a STL 11000 camera on a Tak FSQ106,

Here is what I have for files ,

Bias Frames,

LRGB - Flat Frames with matching Darks

LRGB - 500 second Lights all the same exposure  with 500 second Darks

questions, should I use the the darks that go with the Flats?

should I then make master calibration frames?

finally make master LRGB  light files and combine ?

Thanks for any help.

Richard

 


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(@mabula-admin)
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January 15, 2018 20:44  

Hi Richard ( @richard85392 )

In this case, yes, use the matching darks for the flats, they need to have the same gain and offset, temperature and exposure time as your flats. From those darks, make a masterdark and use that masterdark in calibrating the flats.

I would also recommend to make a Bad Pixel Map from your flats and darks, that will improve calibration results for your lights significantly:

https://www.astropixelprocessor.com/community/tutorials-workflows/creating-a-bad-pixel-map/

Make the integration per channel and yes, then load them into the RGB combine tool.

Be aware, that you need to have the channels registered to each other as well. There are several ways to do this.

Let me know if you need more help 😉 

Kind regards,

Mabula

Main developer of Astro Pixel Processor and owner of Aries Productions


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(@jaufurallygmail-com)
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June 30, 2018 21:51  

Hello.  I cannot seem to upload PNG files.  Any ideas?  It no longer seems supported.


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(@mabula-admin)
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July 2, 2018 21:16  

Hi @jaufurallygmail-com,

I have just checked, uploading PNG files in forum messages is perfectly possible after your first forum message. So if you try again it should work 😉

Mabula

Main developer of Astro Pixel Processor and owner of Aries Productions


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(@explorer7377)
Brown Dwarf Customer
Joined: 2 months  ago
Posts: 7
September 8, 2018 22:19  

Just heard about this program last week and came home to download the free trail and check out. Watched Mabula's video on processing the Pelican Nebula and just went for it. The picture attached, NGC7000, came out as the BEST processed pic I have ever done! Even after using PI for a year, I've never had a program so easy to use and only spent a little under two hours processing compared to multiple hours and days using other's. I even just uploaded a video on YouTube processing some old data that PI would not even load and I was able to get a picture that could be usable...especially if I spent more time on it. 

You have made a huge fan here and plan on getting to know this program to the best of my ability so I can share this information to others and let them see how easy and amazing APP is! Great Job Mabula!

CJ Wagner

Roswell Astronomy

final colored 2 HOO combine RGB image lpc cbg SC mod SC St


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(@ansollee)
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Joined: 4 months  ago
Posts: 1
September 9, 2018 18:03  

Just starting to use APP.  Where can I see my FITS header when I open an image?  Thanks,  neyle


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(@mabula-admin)
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September 9, 2018 18:33  
Posted by: explorer7377

Just heard about this program last week and came home to download the free trail and check out. Watched Mabula's video on processing the Pelican Nebula and just went for it. The picture attached, NGC7000, came out as the BEST processed pic I have ever done! Even after using PI for a year, I've never had a program so easy to use and only spent a little under two hours processing compared to multiple hours and days using other's. I even just uploaded a video on YouTube processing some old data that PI would not even load and I was able to get a picture that could be usable...especially if I spent more time on it. 

You have made a huge fan here and plan on getting to know this program to the best of my ability so I can share this information to others and let them see how easy and amazing APP is! Great Job Mabula!

CJ Wagner

Roswell Astronomy

final colored 2 HOO combine RGB image lpc cbg SC mod SC St

Dear CJ Wagner @explorer7377 ,

Thank you very much for your compliments and your nice feedback 😉 It's my pleasure !

Beautiful result 🙂

Thanks for sharing and welcome to the APP forum 😉,

Mabula

This post was modified 2 months  ago by Mabula Haverkamp - Admin

Main developer of Astro Pixel Processor and owner of Aries Productions


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(@mabula-admin)
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September 9, 2018 18:36  
Posted by: ansollee

Just starting to use APP.  Where can I see my FITS header when I open an image?  Thanks,  neyle

Hi Neyle @ansollee ,

You can see the FITS header (or any other metadata) by sliding the left side of the image viewer:

MetaData ImageViewer Panel both

Welcome to the APP forum 😉

Mabula

Main developer of Astro Pixel Processor and owner of Aries Productions


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(@cyb3rr0gue)
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September 10, 2018 11:16  

After a month of testing several stacking suites I decided to buy the owners version of APP. I'm a beginner astrophotographer and APP helped me tremendously during my first month of shooting! Thank you for this wonderful piece of software. 😀


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(@mabula-admin)
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September 10, 2018 21:30  
Posted by: Cyb3rR0gue

After a month of testing several stacking suites I decided to buy the owners version of APP. I'm a beginner astrophotographer and APP helped me tremendously during my first month of shooting! Thank you for this wonderful piece of software. 😀

Hi @cyb3rr0gue,

Thank you very much for your purchase 😉 That is great to hear and it's my pleasure !

Mabula

Main developer of Astro Pixel Processor and owner of Aries Productions


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(@astrodog)
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Joined: 10 months  ago
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September 14, 2018 17:00  

Hi Mabula, Just wanted to say a very big thank you for putting together the multi channel processing video and Diego's fine data. I downloaded the data and followed along with my recently purchased APP. Simple to follow, step by step instruction to produce a stunning finished multi channel integrated colour image. I ran it in a separate window along side to the APP program....RESULT!  Until I found your program, as you were aware from my emails to you last year,  processing the data was really complicated for my small brain, APP IS the missing link for me and I'm sure many other wanting to achieve good final images in astro photography. Anyone taking the 30 day trial version along with this tutorial will surely invest in it...i'm so happy I did. Thank you for all your hard work...you deserve a medal!

 


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(@mabula-admin)
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October 14, 2018 13:26  
Posted by: Astrodog

Hi Mabula, Just wanted to say a very big thank you for putting together the multi channel processing video and Diego's fine data. I downloaded the data and followed along with my recently purchased APP. Simple to follow, step by step instruction to produce a stunning finished multi channel integrated colour image. I ran it in a separate window along side to the APP program....RESULT!  Until I found your program, as you were aware from my emails to you last year,  processing the data was really complicated for my small brain, APP IS the missing link for me and I'm sure many other wanting to achieve good final images in astro photography. Anyone taking the 30 day trial version along with this tutorial will surely invest in it...i'm so happy I did. Thank you for all your hard work...you deserve a medal!

 

Hi @astrodog,

That's really great 😉 thank you very much for your feedback and your nice compliments !

It's my pleasure 😉

Mabula

Main developer of Astro Pixel Processor and owner of Aries Productions


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(@rcfmitch)
White Dwarf Customer
Joined: 1 month  ago
Posts: 15
October 29, 2018 18:20  

I also have to acknowledge this awesome SDK software thats make RGB +L     a breeze ....

no more running every filter separately aside from Darks flats and BIas for those who use them.  

just load ALL OF THEM into APP and sit back and have a tea..VOILA  Done!!!

now for a suggestion, if we could load the subframes and run through them like a (Blink)  module in the Main  image viewer pane with a NEXT arrow that would be real help full . i know you can go down the list and verify your FWHM and SNR but you cant really see clouds of jets or gamma Ray burst that way... just an idea , and perhaps im just to new to this ...  🙂

 


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(@explorer7377)
Brown Dwarf Customer
Joined: 2 months  ago
Posts: 7
October 30, 2018 18:48  

Mabula,

just watched The Astro Imaging Channel presentation. great job! Looking forward to the next release! Keep up the awesome work and thank you for releasing us from 'that other program'!

 

CJ


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(@anofeles)
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November 2, 2018 08:55  

After testing the trial version, I finally decided to buy the owner version of APP. Thank you for the great work you are doing with it. Thank you for bringing to the world of OSx a software like yours and the one we are so in need of.
Greetings from Spain.


(@madperk)
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November 4, 2018 03:19  

Just downloaded the trial and really like what I see. I noticed in the top of this post a mention to the Quick Reference Guide.  I have been looking for documentation beyond forum posts and videos.  Where is this guide. Can’t seem to find it.  

Many thanks.  

PS.

I really like the approach you take with calibration of background, light pollution and Star color.  After the first test I pulled my LP filter for the first time in two years from my imaging setup.  I shot a series of images from a bortle 5 sky and the calibration process was on par with using an LP filter for the ring nebula. 


(@vincent-mod)
Neutron Star Moderator
Joined: 1 year  ago
Posts: 158
November 4, 2018 08:30  

Yes, documentation is a bit lacking I agree, this is being worked on though. Can't give any more details besides that, but as APP is just 1 year old, the focus has been on getting the basics to mature fully. After Mabula settled on that, the focus will shift to post-processing and docs.


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