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CCDStack’s easy to use interface gives you all the controls you need to quickly process Manual alignmentfprovides full manual control over shift, rotation, and . Of the myriad programs available today for processing CCD images, CCDStack 2 is the choice of many seasoned imagers due to its intuitive. In creating master frames, CCDStack does not have a median combine, but A cursory look at the instruction manual for CCDStack seems to.

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Adam Block Studios: Instruction in Astrophotography

It requires similar image scale e. The red spots on the image above are flagged to be rejected in a stack of 10 images. For interest a comparison was performed using the measurements by CCDInspector version 1. I found that the stars were sharper when the alignment was manhal in Mira Pro. CCDIS is a robust star pattern alignment that ccommodates different image scales. The resulting mean images were then all loaded into both of the versions of CCDInspector identified above and measured.

Image Processing with CCDStack 2

In addition, the Cosmic Canvas is an ever-growing collection of processing sessions for individual objects with premium data included in order to follow along. Finally since this was a globular and since better alignment should benefit an image of stars greatly I decided to test another method that has been discussed on imaging forums.

On this website you will find instructional videos and other materials on a handful of subjects including PixInsight, Photoshop, and CCDStack. The main categories are accessible from the menu on the left. Once completed, you can then combine the stack using sum, mean or median. Product Tutorials and Sample Files now Available! Welcome to Adam Block Studios, where you learn to create beautiful images of the Universe through technical proficiency and thoughtful artistry.


View a streaming overview of how CCDStack simplifies astronomical image processing. Enjoy the artistry of the Cosmic Canvas. This allows for new, advanced image processing techniques not before available in commercial software. In the Adjust Display control window, simply move the DDP slider to the left and right to adjust your image, or change the background and maximum level display.

PI Edition Cosmic Canvas: In a few moments, your master bias frame is displayed. Dimensions Photoshop This is Adam’s classic set of instructions on astronomical image processing with Photoshop. He simply records the session as if you were sitting with him at the computer- from raw data to the final rendered result. See the Dimensions of Photoshop! Since there all these options of alignment tools with existing products, I decided that it would be a good idea to perform an objective comparison of the the results of combining with each of these tools.

For the Drizzle stack test only, the images were doubled in CCDStack using the nearest neighbor method. You are not restricted to one form of rejection. CCDStack Adam is one of the few instructors in the world that is expert in multiple image processing programs. Membership gives you access to the library of videos for that content and, in general, instant access to any new videos that are uploaded.

Adam Block is something like the Bob Ross of astrophotography with these videos. Load all you images in a stack and perform operations to all your images at once.

Registration of multiple files just got a whole lot easier.

More than a step-by-step manual- Adam encourages you to think about image processing in new and exciting ways. Your stack size is only limited by the amount of memory you have in your machine. New innovations and solutions to common problems are found here.

Join Adam’s community of image processing enthusiasts and see the difference of what going another level deeper ccdstcak make. Award Winning Astrophotography Known World-wide.


Bob Fera shoots the night sky from his backyard observatory under the ccdsfack skies of Northern California. This means that you are free to experiment with multiple combinations without permanently corrupting the original image data.

Dark Horse Observatory – Comparison of Alignment Tools – Methods

Please be civil in your comments. This feature, together with performance tuning, allows frequent iteration to achieve the level of deconvolution you want. There is no magic- but the deep understanding and practiced good decisions he demonstrates will certainly improve your own endeavors.

Following alignment, the aligned subframes were combined in CCDStack using the same normalization method, the same STD sigma rejection with the same settings, and then ccestack mean combine was performed. Ccdwtack, easy-to-use astronomical image processing software with next-generation technology.

Pixinsight Horizons This ever-growing collection of videos demonstrates the power of PixInsight through an artist’s eyes. After calibration, aligning your sub-exposures is easy in CCDStack 2.

Make the learning curve a straight line to powerful processing and creative expression.

Veteran astrophotographer Bob Fera demonstrates his routine workflow using the software to calibrate, align, stack, and stretch his images to produce colorful portraits of celestial targets such as the deep photo above of the Cone Nebula. Concepts in Astronomical Imaging. CCDStack 2 is the only image processing program for amateurs that displays exactly which pixels in each image it determines will be ignored when combining sub-exposures using sigma-based data-rejection algorithms.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. CCDStack’s powerful data rejection system allows you to quickly remove artifacts from your stack of images. Once again, the program offers a number of ways to do this. Tool Strips Configurable vcdstack for quick execution of common tasks.