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Which is better to indicate darks for flat calibration? Poll is created on March 10, 2019 18:42

  
  
Poll results: Which is better to indicate darks for flat calibration?
Voter(s): 25
Poll is created on March 10, 2019 18:42
dark flats  -  votes: 12 / 48%
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48%
flat darks  -  votes: 13 / 52%
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52%

[Sticky] Which is better? dark flats or... flat darks ?  

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(@mabula-admin)
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March 10, 2019 18:42  

Hi all,

Please share your vote regarding the naming of darkflats/flatdarks for dark-current calibration of your flats.

On a lot of places on the internet, flat darks and dark flats are both used to indicate darks especially made to calibrate your flats.

I am not sure which is to be preferred and why, so please share your vote here and possibly why 😉

Thanks a lot,

Mabula

Main developer of Astro Pixel Processor and owner of Aries Productions


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(@rowland-f-archer-jr)
Red Giant Customer
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March 12, 2019 11:32  

I say "flat darks" because it is a dark frame.  The second word is the "thing," the first word is the modifier.  It is a dark frame for flats.

Example - we say it's a "red door," not a "door red."  Or perhaps a better example, it's a "wood door," not a "door wood." 

Cheers,
Rowland

 


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(@steve1962)
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March 12, 2019 21:23  

I agree with Rowland - Flat Darks.


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(@whixson)
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March 13, 2019 05:45  

I agree also although I hear it the other way a lot


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(@mabula-admin)
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March 19, 2019 23:55  

Thank you @rowland-f-archer-jr, @steve1962, @whixson

I still think this is a tricky one 😉 and I do like your reasoning.

I say "flat darks" because it is a dark frame. The second word is the "thing," the first word is the modifier. It is a dark frame for flats.

I could counter with: Okay, but this dark is not flat, why call it a flat dark at all, not just a dark ?

In older versions of APP, there was no separate frame type for darks used for flat-calibration. They were just called darks... which technically they are.

For better user experience and better application design, it is however preferred to use flatdarks or darkflats...

It seems the question is a valid one, the vote is now 9-9 😉

Mabula

Main developer of Astro Pixel Processor and owner of Aries Productions


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(@jonesdee)
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March 20, 2019 12:25  

OK guys, when the poll opened, I voted for Dark Flats, simply because that seems to be the name commonly used across many astrophotography websites, relating in particular to their importance when using CMOS cameras where Bias frames can be inconsistent.

In terms of accurate description, however, these are definitely Darks, not Flats, so I agree with those who have made that point. To be consistent within APP, which requires the two types of Darks (correction) to be differentiated, I feel that they could possibly be called Light Darks (confusing maybe?)and Flat Darks, or possibly simply identified by Dark(L) and Dark (F) under the LOAD Tab?

Meanwhile, I could be convinced to retract my original vote and break the current deadlock 🙂

Cheers

Dave

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(@rowland-f-archer-jr)
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March 20, 2019 12:36  

"I could counter with: Okay, but this dark is not flat, why call it a flat dark at all, not just a dark ?"

You are right - it is really just a dark frame with the length of a flat exposure.   So technically, it's a dark.  Period.  

In the term "flat darks" we are using "flat" as an adjective, not a noun.  It describes the dark, like in "red door," red is an adjective describing the door.

In English, adjectives generally come before the thing they describe, not after.

When I presented APP to my local imaging group, I used the term "dark flats" because that's what APP uses and got laughed at 🙂 .  They said - "those are darks, not flats!"  

That made sense to me.  I'm a little surprised that the vote is 9-9.  

I think people will understand either way 🙂 .  But I do believe the more grammatically correct term is flat dark.

Cheers,

Rowland


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(@vincent-mod)
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March 22, 2019 15:23  

I guess it's indeed a dark, but to be able to specify what people are referring to in a conversation, the combination of the words makes it clear very fast. Instead of having to explain it in more detail. That's my take on it. Which way you pronounce it, flat darks seems more correct, but I think people tend to say dark flats because it has a nicer ring to it. 🙂 Basically, people use it as 1 word.

This post was modified 1 month ago by Vincent Groenewold - Moderator

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(@daveflyer)
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March 23, 2019 15:21  

I just think of it as another  “dark”.  

 


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(@ahbok)
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April 4, 2019 16:53  

They are dark exposures for flats, so flat darks (actually flats darks would be more correct, but would sound clumsy.)


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(@kelvin-hennessy)
Molecular Cloud Customer
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April 10, 2019 01:25  

Flat Dark

Flat Dark is what I consider the definitive answer on this matter from Michael Covington (linguist / writer)  who asked this same question on cloudynights.com as he was writing a book at the time.

https://www.cloudynights.com/topic/594366-does-a-dark-flat-replace-a-bias-frame/#entry8146394

 


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(@astrogee)
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April 12, 2019 13:46  
Posted by: Vincent Groenewold - Moderator

I guess it's indeed a dark, but to be able to specify what people are referring to in a conversation, the combination of the words makes it clear very fast. Instead of having to explain it in more detail. That's my take on it. Which way you pronounce it, flat darks seems more correct, but I think people tend to say dark flats because it has a nicer ring to it. 🙂 Basically, people use it as 1 word.

I voted thinking that that it was a type of flat so I voted dark flat. Now knowing that its dark frame for calibrating flats, its technically a dark flat calibration frame so maybe dark flat still holds :-s Lol - good question! And yes it does have a nicer ring to it 🙂

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