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!
What would you recommend to convert my Pentax .dng files for stacking?
Since right now .dng (this is a native format for Pentax) is not supported what would you recommend to convert my .dng files for use with APP? I normally stack in DSS, but when I have heavy star fields and use a short focal length scope like my Redcat or Sharpstar 150 f/2.8 I will have one side turn into a complete blur. My files are normal 14 bit raw files, but it seems that tif converters like to turn them into 8 bit, and that just wont do for me. Any advice?
Yes this is a limitation in APP at the moment, everything is on track to get DNG supported in 1.075 as far as I know which is really close to a release. In the mean time something like PixInsight would be able to convert it. But it's probably not ideal and if you don't have PI I'm not aware of another that is really good. This will be fixed very soon though.