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A big thanks to PhotoGav who posted some simple to follow instructions on how to use the stand-a-lone software earlier in his M27 thread.
I'll post again, but add that any file names must NOT include spaces. You can instead use a '_'.
If (as I do do), you embed your RGB files with a colour profile upon saving, that appears to be fine.
How to get the standalone Starnet version to work on the Mac
1. Download the latest version of Starnet for Mac OS from here:
2. Unzip the folder and place it on your Desktop
3. Save the image that you want to make starless as a 16 bit mono or RGB .tif file
*****DO NOT use spaces in file name, instead use _
4. Place the file in the Starnet folder on your desktop
5. Open Terminal and navigate to the Starnet folder, copy this command:
cd ~/Desktop/StarNet_MacOS - into Terminal and hitting Enter
6. Open in Text Editor either the file:
depending on whether you are working with a mono or RGB file and edit the filenames in there to be the filename of the file that you want to make starless
Save the txt file above in part 6, then....
7. Drag either 'run_mono_starnet.sh' or 'run_rgb_starnet.sh' onto the Terminal window and you should see the path of the the file appear
8. Make sure that Terminal is the uppermost window and hit enter - Program will run (this can take a while!)
9. When it's finished doing its magic, go to the Starnet folder, open up the _s version of your file and be amazed at the results!
I am (amazed), thanks again Gav for posting!
Some examples from playing around late this afternoon... the starless colour and mono images straight out of StarNet, no extra processing.
I still prefer my images with an embedded star field, but this should be great fun and be rather useful whilst processing...
The Ha data
By LR Watanabe
So I'm looking for the best grab and go planetary viewing (and maybe some DSOs) telescope that is relatively cheap (below 500$) that will also support some Astrophotography. I know the SkyMax 127 is a Maksutov and therefore has a high F number, but I'm okay with that because I'll just pop on a 0.5x focal reducer to bring it down to F/6 (still a bit high though.) With said Grab and Go I'm interested in viewing Saturn and Jupiter with high detail. What do you recommend?
Edit: I need one that'll fit into the Sky Watcher EQ5.
Hey StarGazersLounge Forums,
I am an amateur in astrophotography and have so far taken photos of the Moon and some planets with my camera. However, I am looking for a major upgrade in order to take astrophotography to a professional level as I have long been passionate about astronomy. My overarching aim with astrophotography is to take high quality photos of many planets and continue my interest with the universe.
I would be very grateful if anyone could recommend the best set up regardless of the price at the moment as I will work from there. This includes a camera, mount and eyepiece for the Celestron 8se etc so I can get a good idea of what I need to get some amazing planetary shots. By the way, for the camera, I am considering the Sony a7r iii (good choice?) for astrophotography and nature photography as well. Any form of advice would be much appreciated.
By stepping beyond
I've had a boiling Summer and imaging wasn't worth it , if we get a cold front I'll be out there. I happened to get a night where between dipping in the pool and running some planetary was made achievable without sweating to death. Jupiter 10,330 frame avi using 10,000 on the 1st image 7-15-18 and 75% of 10,330 on the 2nd with the GRS and the 3rd was the 1st taken with 80% of 10,330 7-15-18 and the 3rd was 7-14-18 and more data to process , yall . As2 and registax 6 wavelets was used to achieve these. I couldn't get the efw to work in Sharpcap 3 that night do to user error. I wasn't going to post but, it's the only night I've gathered any data this Summer and Jupiter is out of my FOV till Winter. Hopefully , I can try my hand at lrgb next time on this target.
After a lot of work and help from the great Damian Peach I managed to get some really good images of Jupiter Mars and Saturn despite a total spend of just £100... and I made another bonkers Astrobiscuit video about it which I hope you enjoy. Mr Peach really helped me pick my nights to image and the other big surprise was how good the canon 600D is at planetary. All comments/ advice/ criticisms most welcome...