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Hello everyone! 

I'm really new to astrophotography and image processing. I've worked with Photoshop on some DSO images in the last days.

I saw a lot of people using astronomy tools actions set.
Is this worth buying? Does it make some major differences?

Thank you, Vlad

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some of the actions i find very good HLVG is very good for getting rid of the green cast, deep sky noise reduction is excellent, sharping toll is great, i can go on but i find them excellent although i don`t use them all

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4 hours ago, Anonymous Astronomer said:

Thank you all for sharing your opinions.

This tool looks powerful, but I don't know if I want to pay $60 for it. Not for the moment.

Clear skies,
Vlad

Some kind of gradient removal tool is more or less essential. Astro Pixel Processor has a good one, as does AstroArt. Pixinsight's are also excellent and possibly the best. Even from dark sites colour gradients are a persistent problem. 

I've been using Astronomy Tools (formerly know as Noel's Actions) for years. Very useful.

Olly

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37 minutes ago, ollypenrice said:

Some kind of gradient removal tool is more or less essential. Astro Pixel Processor has a good one, as does AstroArt. Pixinsight's are also excellent and possibly the best. Even from dark sites colour gradients are a persistent problem. 

I've been using Astronomy Tools (formerly know as Noel's Actions) for years. Very useful.

Olly

Which of the AA gradient tools do you typically use Olly? Any particular ways in which you apply it in AA?

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47 minutes ago, Freddie said:

Which of the AA gradient tools do you typically use Olly? Any particular ways in which you apply it in AA?

I don't use it, Freddie, I use PI, but I had a play with the AA version to see what it did.

Olly

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I turn to astronomy tools actions regularly when using PS.  The star selection tool is very helpful in creating star masks.  You can run through a tedious manually routine but the action is a real time saver.  The noise reduction tools can work very effectively as can the local contrast enhancement.  

I have used Gradient Exterminator for many years.  It is brilliant when there is a discreet target area, so much quicker that PI's DBE and, in my experience gives just as good results.  However AstroFlat pro is a newer and more powerful tool.  I haven't used it a lot but it is becoming my go to gradient removal tool.  I save DBE for more complex problems e.g. where there is widespread nebulosity.

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54 minutes ago, Freddie said:

A PS plug in isn't of any relevance when I was specifically talking about AA!!!

I was talking to the OP, as he is using PS and asked the question, not you...sorry my mistake... 👍

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