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just to be clear, it was the Morphology causing the artifacts not the noise reduction, in case anyone else was wondering. 

I have no idea what MT is, I don't use Pixinsight, but whatever it is seems to have had the same effect as OTT noise reduction.  But anyway the image certainly looks better without using MT.

Carole 

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@carastro, sorry I wasn’t being offensive, I was trying to be funny about how this post kept going round the same conversation.

Morphological Transformation is usually used to dilate or erode stars. It can create a splotchy effect with the filaments present if it’s used badly, as in my image. I tend to use it to draw more attention to the nebula but I may not anymore. 😀

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PI is incredibly effective at so many tasks. The learning curve is to figure out which process to use when and, more important, which mask to create for what purpose. 80% of success comes down to masks, but once you get a grip on that, you can do some crazy things with it.

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I use mostly PI too.
One thing i've found is that if doing a process and it's effect is too drastic and it's not possible to tune it down it can be a nice thing to combine the before and after image with Pixelmath to give a more pleasing result, it does of course not work with all processes.

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23 hours ago, Xplode said:

I use mostly PI too.
One thing i've found is that if doing a process and it's effect is too drastic and it's not possible to tune it down it can be a nice thing to combine the before and after image with Pixelmath to give a more pleasing result, it does of course not work with all processes.

indeed, almost everything I do in PI I merge back with a 'before' version, experimenting with the opacity to suit.  Saved process icon for it, but would be nice if they actually formalised a tool, real time sliders etc - but then it gets too much like PS for their tastes

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On ‎24‎/‎07‎/‎2019 at 12:45, steviemac500 said:

@carastro, sorry I wasn’t being offensive, I was trying to be funny about how this post kept going round the same conversation.

Morphological Transformation is usually used to dilate or erode stars. It can create a splotchy effect with the filaments present if it’s used badly, as in my image. I tend to use it to draw more attention to the nebula but I may not anymore. 😀

I'm not a PI user myself. It just looks unnecessarily convoluted to my eyes, and don't get me started on all those names lol 🙄 

But just on the subject of star reduction, rather than use MT, you might want to look into a new technique that a certain Adam Block came up with:

https://pixinsight.com/forum/index.php?topic=13567.0

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On 23/07/2019 at 19:50, Datalord said:

The alternative is to make a completely starless version, but I don't know how to help you with that.

Starnet++ is now a module in PI. That should do the trick. No sliders, no mask just select and apply.

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On 23/07/2019 at 19:50, Datalord said:

 

 Sorry, double post.

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1 minute ago, wimvb said:

Starnet++ is now a module in PI. That should do the trick. No sliders, no mask just select and apply.

How do you get that?

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On 24/07/2019 at 11:22, ollypenrice said:

Still, if you like trying to mend your watch while wearing boxing gloves you'll love PI!

:Dlly

That's exactly what PS feels like to me. 😄

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@steviemac500, I just had a play with the image you posted. I created a star reduced and a starless version (starnet++)

combination.thumb.jpg.89c29d457d136156d3b75b999647af6f.jpg

I think that your star reduction didn't work because of the mask. I created a ring mask by combining two ordinary star masks:

A. Noise threshold = 0.5, Layers = 6, Large scale/Small scale/Compensation = 2/1/2, Smoothness = 10, Aggregate and Binarize checked

B. Same settings but Large scale/Small scale/Compensation = 0/1/0 and smoothness = 3. Strengthened this mask by bringing in the white point somewhat.

Then pixelmath to create the ring mask: A - B

Morphological Transform: 3x3 element, Morph. Selection, amount = 0.5, selection = 0.25, iterations = 8

The starless version was created with standard settings in starnet++ on the original image.

Combined with PixelMath, applied to the star reduced image:

iif((X()+Y())>1, $T, starless)

 

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34 minutes ago, wimvb said:

The starless version was created with standard settings in starnet++ on the original image.

OMFG! WITCHCRAFT!

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11 minutes ago, Datalord said:

OMFG! WITCHCRAFT!

No, just Artificial Intelligence at work 🤓

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6 hours ago, wimvb said:

@steviemac500, I just had a play with the image you posted. I created a star reduced and a starless version (starnet++)

combination.thumb.jpg.89c29d457d136156d3b75b999647af6f.jpg

I think that your star reduction didn't work because of the mask. I created a ring mask by combining two ordinary star masks:

A. Noise threshold = 0.5, Layers = 6, Large scale/Small scale/Compensation = 2/1/2, Smoothness = 10, Aggregate and Binarize checked

B. Same settings but Large scale/Small scale/Compensation = 0/1/0 and smoothness = 3. Strengthened this mask by bringing in the white point somewhat.

Then pixelmath to create the ring mask: A - B

Morphological Transform: 3x3 element, Morph. Selection, amount = 0.5, selection = 0.25, iterations = 8

The starless version was created with standard settings in starnet++ on the original image.

Combined with PixelMath, applied to the star reduced image:

iif((X()+Y())>1, $T, starless)

 

Thanks Wim, I’ll have a look at the other file later. Your mask generation is very interesting, I don’t understand it, but it’s interesting. Why the 3x3 element, everything I’ve read has said to use a 5x5? 

Funny, I like starless nebula images but for some reason in Cyprus, no one else does! 🙄

By the way, what language is that bottom line written in and where do you go to learn it?

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I'm afraid there's still something really wrong with that image (I hesitate as I have never produced anything in this league).

This is a crop from centre bottom, the fault should be self-evident:

image.png.c13911eee89eecd4065dc1075b849fa4.png

 

Basically - two panes haven't been properly aligned.

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I used  Photoshop until the computer it was on died.  I bought the PC with PS already installed.  Now with a newer PC with much better performance I have PixInsight which I bought.  Very powerful but one hell of a learning curve.  Mind you PS was almost as bad!  I think PI is the more powerful and does everything.

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11 hours ago, Stub Mandrel said:

I'm afraid there's still something really wrong with that image (I hesitate as I have never produced anything in this league).

This is a crop from centre bottom, the fault should be self-evident:

image.png.c13911eee89eecd4065dc1075b849fa4.png

 

Basically - two panes haven't been properly aligned.

Yep, I see it now, can't believe I missed it but in fairness you have to look pretty hard or be looking for something anyway to see that!! I never noticed it first time round and I don't think it detracts from the image if you're not looking too hard. At a loss to explain it though as APP normally is faultless. Don't ever hesitate to offer criticism though otherwise how do we learn and this will be something I will scrutinise more in the future,

Still, AN have published it so I am going to remain happy with that! :)

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I hadn't seen the second page when I posted that or I might have kept schtumm.

I zoomed in trying to see the 'filaments' and it struck me immediately, I'm still not entirely sure what the filaments were....

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