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From another thread on imaging thought it would be helpful to post any links we might all have on astrophotography on line tutorials that we have all found to be helpful.

So heres a few I have found to get the ball rolling..
http://sharmaastrone...age.com/PS1.pdf

Levels_and_Curves_for_Photoshop

Astro Imaging Tutorials Photoshop Processing Nebulosity DeepSky Stacker

Star Color Enhancement in PhotoShop CS

Loads more out there but hopefully we can all find some more good ones and share them with each other.. :)

PS>>>Can you all keep thanks and comments to a bare minimum and just post the links to any great tutorials you have found with a short intro for us all, I promise to tidy this thread up when I have time. Many thanks everyone for contributing. :grin: QM
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What a great idea Quatermass! I'm keeping the above addresses for future use! A million times thank you!

Isabelle :)

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Very Useful - Thank you :)
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I have photoshop elements 5.0. I guess I will need something better.

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Here's my humble offering

Astrophotography Photoshop for Beginners

Basic Image Processing with Photoshop

Advanced Image Processing with Photoshop

Image processing



Brill idea:)
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Edited by Glen, 17 January 2011 - 01:42 AM.


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Heres another couple lets have some more if you have any peoples save us all having to search for ages dont matter if we double post a few..:)
Covington's DSLR Astrophotography Procedures

Astrophotography by Tom Diana - Photoshop Techniques
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QM.
Sky-Watcher Explorer-200P-Sky-Watcher HEQ5 mount (originally an EQ5 put recently upgraded)-Eqmod with Astro Tortilla running on windows 7 for mount control.
Backyard EOS and PHD for camera control and guiding.-Canon 350D (Modded) Sky watcher Coma corrector
Quick Cam Pro 4000 webcam in 10x50 finder scope for guiding-Celestron 10 x 50 binoculars (coffee lots of coffee!) :coffee2:
VISIT "ASTROCASTO" FOR MORE INFORMATION :book1:
http://astrocasto.blogspot.com/

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Heres a link for a photoshop plug in that will open your RAW format images. If you own a Panasonic Lumix G1 this is useful.
Please keep the links coming for more photoshop tutorials on astrophotography very helpful cheers Glen.
Photoshop CS4 - Camera RAW 5.2 Tutorial / Demonstration on Vimeo
QM.
Sky-Watcher Explorer-200P-Sky-Watcher HEQ5 mount (originally an EQ5 put recently upgraded)-Eqmod with Astro Tortilla running on windows 7 for mount control.
Backyard EOS and PHD for camera control and guiding.-Canon 350D (Modded) Sky watcher Coma corrector
Quick Cam Pro 4000 webcam in 10x50 finder scope for guiding-Celestron 10 x 50 binoculars (coffee lots of coffee!) :coffee2:
VISIT "ASTROCASTO" FOR MORE INFORMATION :book1:
http://astrocasto.blogspot.com/

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Few more i managed to dig out:

PhotoShop Brightness Mask

PhotoShop Unsharp Mask for Galaxies

Reducing Star Bloat

Thanks for posting, now wheres that old data...:)

Its not a ps tut, but a nice vid/lecture for aquiring good data in the first place :)
IMAGE AQUISITION BEST PRACTICES - Richard A. Bennion
note.. may change browser window size

Best of luck
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Nice one Glen any one else with a some more to add to our collection?
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Sky-Watcher Explorer-200P-Sky-Watcher HEQ5 mount (originally an EQ5 put recently upgraded)-Eqmod with Astro Tortilla running on windows 7 for mount control.
Backyard EOS and PHD for camera control and guiding.-Canon 350D (Modded) Sky watcher Coma corrector
Quick Cam Pro 4000 webcam in 10x50 finder scope for guiding-Celestron 10 x 50 binoculars (coffee lots of coffee!) :coffee2:
VISIT "ASTROCASTO" FOR MORE INFORMATION :book1:
http://astrocasto.blogspot.com/

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This would be a really good thread to pin - could the moderators perhaps consider it - I always end up having to hunt for things like this.
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For high dynamic range images (M42!!) this is essential and works beautifully:

Compositing 2 Different Exposures via Layer Masks

Don't forget Martin B's tutorials of course.

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YouTube - Photoshop Astrophotography Tutorial - Curves and Levels - Easy 123

YouTube - Part 1, Astrophotography Processing in Photoshop - Stretching

YouTube - Part 2, Astrophotography Processing in Photoshop - Starting Composite


YouTube - Part 3, Astrophotography Processing in Photoshop - Composite and Masking

YouTube - Part 4, Astrophotography Processing in Photoshop - Color and Curve Tweaking

YouTube - Part 5, Astrophotography Processing in Photoshop - Finishing Touches

More to come as I track them down:icon_salut::)

Edited by Quatermass, 19 January 2011 - 10:01 PM.

QM.
Sky-Watcher Explorer-200P-Sky-Watcher HEQ5 mount (originally an EQ5 put recently upgraded)-Eqmod with Astro Tortilla running on windows 7 for mount control.
Backyard EOS and PHD for camera control and guiding.-Canon 350D (Modded) Sky watcher Coma corrector
Quick Cam Pro 4000 webcam in 10x50 finder scope for guiding-Celestron 10 x 50 binoculars (coffee lots of coffee!) :coffee2:
VISIT "ASTROCASTO" FOR MORE INFORMATION :book1:
http://astrocasto.blogspot.com/

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This tutorial uses M31/ Andromeda galaxy as an example and explains how to create a mosaic from several shots. :)

Noir.org - Creating Mosaics using Photoshop

Good luck :)

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Nice one Glen I will have a crack at that the next time I do this one cheers
Keep them coming everyone great job

Edited by Quatermass, 19 January 2011 - 09:57 PM.

QM.
Sky-Watcher Explorer-200P-Sky-Watcher HEQ5 mount (originally an EQ5 put recently upgraded)-Eqmod with Astro Tortilla running on windows 7 for mount control.
Backyard EOS and PHD for camera control and guiding.-Canon 350D (Modded) Sky watcher Coma corrector
Quick Cam Pro 4000 webcam in 10x50 finder scope for guiding-Celestron 10 x 50 binoculars (coffee lots of coffee!) :coffee2:
VISIT "ASTROCASTO" FOR MORE INFORMATION :book1:
http://astrocasto.blogspot.com/

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Hi guys,
Thought you might benefit from these free tuts as well, enjoy!

IP4AP - Your online source for Visual Learning

IP4AP - Photoshop Series

IP4AP - S2N Series


Nice one Glen I will have a crack at that the next time I do this one cheers
Keep them coming everyone great job


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Hi Quatermass,

Thanks for starting the thread, will read with interest.

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Thanks for posting all these guys lets keep them coming as we find new ones Clear skies everyone
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Sky-Watcher Explorer-200P-Sky-Watcher HEQ5 mount (originally an EQ5 put recently upgraded)-Eqmod with Astro Tortilla running on windows 7 for mount control.
Backyard EOS and PHD for camera control and guiding.-Canon 350D (Modded) Sky watcher Coma corrector
Quick Cam Pro 4000 webcam in 10x50 finder scope for guiding-Celestron 10 x 50 binoculars (coffee lots of coffee!) :coffee2:
VISIT "ASTROCASTO" FOR MORE INFORMATION :book1:
http://astrocasto.blogspot.com/

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Great thread :( Some really useful links.

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More of a mini tut of how I do animation in ps, its a bit crude but I thought id add it here..

!!First and for most backup data!!

Find the shots you wish to use, place them on the desktop (copy and paste) and rename and number them in sequence 1, 2, 3, etc
Number 1 being the start of the animation

1 open photoshop

2 drag and drop the first pic (#1) in ps

3 drag the second pic (#2) on-top of previous, change the opacity to 25-50%, after aligning with arrow keys press enter.

4 do the same to all the other pics, at this point you may want to recheck alignment. You should now have all the pics in the layers window. Reset all opacity levels on all layers to 100.

5 in layers tab click the "eye" radio button to hide all layers except the first pic (#1).

6 in ps, go to windows tab (up top) and open animation window.

7 first pic (#1) is now also in the new animation window at bottom.

8 at the bottom of that small pic you will see it says 0 sec you can/must change how long it will show in the animation, (0 sec will not show that pic) chose 0.2 sec or however long you would like the frame shown.

9 still in the animation window duplicate selected frame by clicking the radio button left of the bin at the bottom (same icon as duplicate layer).

10 in layers turn OFF eye for pic 1 then turn ON eye for pic 2.

11 in animation window duplicate selected frame again.

12 turn OFF eye for pic 2 turn ON eye for pic 3, duplicate that frame in animation window.

13 repeat steps until all pics are done.

14 press play and see if the animation works OK.

15 click on the first animation pane in the animation window.

16 go to file and save as web & devices.

17 in pop up change to gif. rename and save

18 enjoy ;)
Any hoo I hope it helps some.:p

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Edited by Glen, 15 June 2011 - 10:43 PM.

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I only just noticed this thread... 5 months after it was started... What a superb idea...!

I've been trying to put a library of links together of my own (under favourites) but they're all getting lost in the morass of other astro links I find and store. I'll have a look through mine, see if there's any not mentioned here already and put them up as soon as I can...




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