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  1. A new version of ImPPG has been released. Home page: https://greatattractor.github.io/imppg/ Download from: https://github.com/GreatAttractor/imppg/releases/tag/v0.6.3 Enhancements: - Opening an image file by dragging and dropping onto the ImPPG window Bug fixes: - Crash when batch processing in CPU mode with deringing enabled
  2. That's an interesting paper. If I understand correctly, NAFE is a sort of histogram stretch, performed piecewise for each image fragment. The example in the paper's Figure 2 looks similar to your result - i.e., dark, low contrast areas are "super-charged", stretched locally to cover a much wider brightness range. Certainly useful for a detailed analysis of small structures, but by definition it won't look like the raw image. From the paper: Sounds like a great candidate for porting to GPU!
  3. Dave, the original article (with all derivations) can be found here: http://adsabs.harvard.edu/full/1993SoPh..145..389S I tried to figure out the 4.46 value in this post and I think it checks out.
  4. Really great animations. Can you remind us what telescope was used?
  5. Good catch! You can check for flares in the solar event lists published by NOAA here: ftp://ftp.swpc.noaa.gov/pub/indices/events/ The README file explains the notation used. For instance, on 10/18 there were several B-class flares: :Product: 20201018events.txt :Created: 2020 Oct 21 0357 UT :Date: 2020 10 18 # Prepared by the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, Space Weather Prediction Center # Please send comments and suggestions to SWPC.Webmaster@noaa.gov # # Missing data: //// # Updated every 5 minutes. # Edited Events for 2020 Oct 18 # #Event Begin Max End Obs Q Type Loc/Frq Particulars Reg# #------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 7010 + 0204 //// 0204 LEA U RSP 025-030 III/1 7020 + 0243 0244 0244 LEA G RBR 245 100 7030 0248 0252 0256 G16 5 XRA 1-8A B1.8 5.9E-05 2776 7030 + 0250 //// 0251 PAL C RSP 120-180 III/1 2776 7030 0251 0251 0251 LEA G RBR 245 110 2776 7030 0254 0254 0300 LEA 3 FLA S15E22 SF 2776 7050 0314 //// 0354 PAL C RSP 025-038 III/1 7060 0551 0558 0604 G16 5 XRA 1-8A B1.0 6.4E-05 7070 + 0852 //// 0857 SVI C RSP 065-080 III/1 7080 1313 1321 1326 G16 5 XRA 1-8A B1.0 6.8E-05 7090 1420 1429 1437 G16 5 XRA 1-8A B4.0 2.6E-04 2776 7090 + 1424 1427 1443 HOL 3 FLA S14E16 SF 2776 7100 + 1612 1642 1654 HOL 3 FLA S22W71 SF 2777 7100 1626 1636 1643 G16 5 XRA 1-8A B1.7 1.1E-04 2777 7100 1633 //// 1634 SAG C RSP 049-180 III/1 2777 7110 1658 1700 1737 HOL 3 FLA S22W72 SF 2777 7120 1738 1745 1833 HOL 3 FLA S22W72 SF 2777 7130 1834 1853 1900 HOL 3 FLA S22W75 SF 2777 7130 1836 1842 1851 G16 5 XRA 1-8A B1.2 1.0E-04 2777 7140 2004 2004 2010 HOL 3 FLA S23W76 SF 2777 We're interested in XRA (X-ray event) and FLA (flare visible optically in Hα; I guess a FLA will usually have a corresponding XRA). Check your recording time to find out which was yours.
  6. It's new, I had a look and the mini-ERFs look all nice and shiny for now. Good to know about possible replacement, thank you. I'll keep it in mind about usage with Aries ERF.
  7. I'm learning how to use my newly acquired Lunt CaK module (straight-through, B600). Unfortunately there was literally nothing on the Sun at the time of capture, but the image quality seems promising (all from 90/660 mm achro, PGR Chameleon 3 mono/ICX445, AviStack 2, ImPPG): SW Barlow 2x: PowerMate 2.5x:
  8. I got my GSO RC8 mainly for solar work, but it's promising also for planets. I had a spell of good seeing yesterday: 23 minutes, 3-minute intervals, PGR Chameleon 3 mono (ICX445) + Baader Red 610 nm long-pass filter, f/16, resized to 150%, AviStack 2 + ImPPG. It seems I have to tweak the collimation some more (the "limb rind" artifact should be symmetric, and not more prominent lower in the image). The small bulge in the upper right is Olympus Mons.
  9. Excellent animation. At this scale I'd suggest shorter intervals for smoother motion. E.g., I used 30 seconds here (15-second videos with 15-second breaks):
  10. Indeed. One gets better at it with time, I got down to maybe 3-5 s per image (using transparent layers in GIMP); but still, those 200-frame time lapses were tiring. So I wrote a tool to automate it, give it a try: ImPPG TL;DR version: download the program, choose Tools/Align image sequence... from the menu and enjoy the frames aligned with sub-pixel precision. The batch processing function may be also of interest; check the tutorials linked on the homepage.
  11. Great job! Did you align the frames manually?
  12. And me, in Firefox and Chrome. Could you upload as an animated GIF?
  13. This sounds like color-reduction side effects (GIF uses lossless compression, so compression artifacts like in e.g. JPG are in fact not possible). Make sure to select Image/Mode/Grayscale before exporting.
  14. Right, you cannot save the layers individually with one command. In my workflow, though, it's not needed: I "open as layers" to load all frames, crop and/or resize, check the animation using Filters/Animation/Playback..., and then export straight to an animated GIF.
  15. Excellent! To me it's the best thing to image on the Sun: a boiling, spiking active region right on the limb. Good to know it can look spectacular also in CaK. Don't forget to try the mass cropping of your frames in GIMP.
  16. Good to know about the required cadence for CaK time lapses. I've been very satisfied with my older Chameleon3 (up to 30 fps at full frame, perfectly fine for Hα and WL), but now I'm reconsidering getting a newer, faster CMOS model.
  17. Based on these newer images I agree, all the lines are really coming from underlying data. As you wrote, they should not be oversharpened (then they look unreal, too thin and too uniform in brightness for the aperture used). And the animation rocks! (I like the "one pass" version better.)
  18. No, the bright "celullar" pattern of lines is there for real. It's just that it gets "overcooked" when you keep applying deconvolution over and over. E.g., those super-fine bright lines in your 7th pass don't look like something that could come out of 127 mm aperture with the kind of PSF it has - but rather like accumulated ringing artifacts. (Note how in Valery's and DOT images the lines are randomly oriented, but the 7th pass shows them mostly near-vertical and near-horizontal.) Of course, I can't be sure where exactly "overcooking" begins - one would have to, I guess, capture at the same time and conditions also with a large aperture and compare the results.
  19. I have no experience with CaK imaging and processing yet, but your 4th pass and above definitely look "overcooked" (with "ringing" artifacts of sharpening). It's a good idea to compare to DOT images (maybe also the 1-meter Swedish Solar Telescope has some CaK material in its gallery). Another thing you could try is running the raw video through Stackistry and checking the mosaic of best fragments it generates. (In case of white light material, it would nicely show granulation in the whole FOV.) This gives some idea about how the "real image" would look without seeing effects (though it will be noisy and low-contrast, so a histogram stretch will be needed - can be done in ImPPG, just disable all sharpening and use the "stretch" button in the curve window). (See the tutorial on how to get this best fragment mosaic; make sure to enable subtitles. You don't need to wait for stacking to finish, the mosaic is available as soon as "Quality Estimation" finishes.)
  20. Thanks to Rusłan there are now Russian and Ukrainian translations: Version 0.6.2 can be downloaded from: https://github.com/G.../imppg/releases
  21. Hi David, Stackistry is not a mature tool yet, though it usually works fine for solar Hα material (that's how I use it). Another open-source stacker has been recently announced, could be of interest: PlanetarySystemStacker.
  22. Don't worry, it's not that fragile. I recommend one of those optics cleaning microfibre cloths - sweep the sensor (or the window glass if your camera has one) with minimal pressure (since we just want to catch the specks, not "scrape away a stain") a few times, that should do it. Also, when changing cameras / attaching C-mount lenses etc., minimize the time the sensor is exposed - have a cover ready and reattach it immediately.
  23. Dont' forget to grab the latest version 0.6.1: https://github.com/GreatAttractor/imppg/releases It's much faster, all processing (except image alignment) is now performed on the GPU (details can be found here).
  24. You're welcome! It will be probably more convenient to use imgalt's successor, ImPPG (also for stacks' post-processing).
  25. Hi Nigella, Note that the "prevent ringing" function has no effect in an image like above. It's only applied around overexposed=fully white regions, e.g. when shooting prominences with an overexposed disc (there's an example here: link).
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