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About FaB-Bo-Peep

  1. So much useful info coming in as a result of this post and I'm so very grateful to all that have taken the time to reply. I gave the above a quick go and below is the result. It was only a quick go but again the result is very pleasing to me. I must say I'm finding Startools an amazing program for a novice like me, I'm sure there's a lot of complex stuff going on in the background but the user interface makes processing images so easy without needing a degree in Photoshop. I'm sure I'm learning more with each attempt but compared to my last go a few years back it's got to the stage where I am pleased with all the versions I'm ending up with now. Can't wait to see what my next target comes out like using RAW files
  2. I like these a lot, very well done!
  3. Thanks again for all the feedback and comments, I'm learning so much. I checked and DSS appears to be defaulting to "embedded" but thanks for mentioning that. My stack comprises of Large JPEGS so I will need to make sure my DSLR is switched to RAW files for my next project and look at taking some flats. Just had another go this time using a 32 bit FITS file saved from DSS as apposed to a 16 bit TIFF, the file is much larger so must contain more data to start with yes? To me it looks like another step in the right direction but it's all subjective and as each time I process in Startools I'm using slightly different settings, tweaks and the masks so obviously it's impossible to exactly replicate previous results, someone could go mad with all this tweaking, does anyone ever truly finish an image? Anyway one things is for sure, I absolutely love Startools as it makes complex image manipulation so easy, (which is perfect for me). Again the attached is a screenshot of my processed image taken with Windows Snipping tool as I cannot save the processed image in the trial version. Time to go and buy a licence!
  4. Thanks everyone, really useful to see your results and read your comments. I've just had a play with Startools and followed a tutorial on Youtube and that's given me a significant improvement without needing to get too technical. It's early days and I will continue to play with Startools over the next couple of days but I'm pretty sure I will be buying a licence. As you cannot save your work in the free trial version I've attached a screenshot of my initial processed image taken with Windows Snipping Tool. Still more practice needed of course but this is easily my best image of M51 to date.
  5. That looks amazing thanks! When you have time could you please post a full res version and give me a brief rundown on what you did?
  6. Practicing from my severely light polluted back garden I know I'm really up against it and my images would definitely benefit from a darker location but while I'm trying to get to grips with my new Skywatcher 250PDS scope, Rebel XS, (1000D), DSLR and controlling everything from Stellarium and Astro Photography Tool my back garden it is! Light pollution aside the potential of my new scope is clear and the detail in the subs / final images are the best I've ever captured but my processing skills also leave a lot to be desired. I've attached the autosave Tiff file produced directly after Deep Sky Stacker had done it's thing and I will have a go at processing this over the next couple of evenings but would be grateful if some of you lovely people could also have a go and post your results with a brief description of what processing techniques you used as at the moment I really feel that I'm stumbling around with no clear processing sequence / technique. I will be very interested to see how what you achieve compares to my efforts and to learn from you. Thanks in advance Autosave.tif
  7. My scope is now controlled from my conservatory via Stellarium, DSLR camera controlled via Astro Photography Tool, I've extended the lead to the remote focus controller and now have the correct "T" thread adaptor for my coma corrector. This M13 is only about 5 minutes of light frames from my light polluted back garden, stacked in Deep Sky Stacker and tweaked in Paint Shop Pro, no darks or flats at this stage but I think it's easily my best to date Scope is a Skywatcher 250PDS and camera is a Canon Rebel XS (1000D).
  8. I've come full circle, my very 1st scope was the blue tube SW 130PM which immediately got me hooked and I had some great results with it. Then I went to an ED 100 but although that was a very nice scope I craved more aperture. Then I went to a Celestron C8 which is also a very nice scope but I never felt I achieved the same results as my first reflector so now I've gone back to my roots but on a much larger scale with the 250PDS and although I'm still testing I'm really pleased with the early results and feel like I'm back on track and great things are ahead
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