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Our ‘Live and Recorded Workshops’ cover deep-sky image processing with PixInsight. Each session will show you the essential tools and settings needed to create jaw-dropping astrophotos!
We are dedicated to showing beginners and experienced users how to get the most out of PixInsight!
Our goal is to make you a Master of PixInsight!
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Photons to Photos #17
Processing the Heart and Soul Nebulae
December 12, 2023
7 PM EST
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New to PixInsight or want shorten your learning curve? Our 6-part recorded Newbie Workshop series is designed to take you from a simple 11-step processing workflow and build on those steps. Each workshop contains Imaging Data and Process Icon sets to let you follow along step-by-step. You'll then be able to use these customized Process Icons on your own data.
Experienced with PixInsight or want to dig in deeper? Our 4-part Intermediate series goes deeper into processing and special techniques. Go to the series...
Photons to Photos Series (formerly Cosmic Canvas)
From time to time, we'll have Warren or Ron demonstrate a complete workflow from beginning to end. We'll supply you with the Data Sets and Process Icons so you can process along and observe the steps and techniques used. Look over the shoulder of these PixInsight Ambassadors, and get a peek into how and why they make their image processing decisions. Go to the series..
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PixInsight for Newbies
After a night of catching photons, you can hardly wait to see and share the cosmic beauty of your photographs! While many options for deep-sky image processing software exist, none can match PixInsight for its versatility. As a very powerful program, the learning curve can seem daunting to the new user, but we’d like to show you that it’s not! In this workshop, we’ll take the mystery out of PixInsight, and show you how to produce pleasing results in just a few, simple steps.
Next Steps for Newbies
This is a continuation of our PixInsight for Newbies workshop. Now that you have begun to harness PixInsight’s powerful toolkit, it’s time to take it up a notch. In “Next Steps for Newbies”, Ron and Warren will expand on the basic workflow with the following powerful tools and techniques for both One-shot Color (OSC) and Monochrome cameras.
Dialing Up The Detail
In this workshop, Ron and Warren will explore several methods for pulling detail from your deep sky image. We’ll cover deconvolution and sharpening, along with tools for getting the most from high-dynamic-range images. We'll also explore processes and scripts for selectively enhancing structures in images.
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Photons to Photos
Photons to Photos #6
In Photons to Photos #6, you'll look over Ron's shoulder while he processes a monochrome LRGB data set from scratch. The subjects are two iconic springtime galaxies that are well-placed for northern imagers in March and April: the Whale and the Hockey Stick. Ron will start with monochrome L, R, G and B masters and finish with a JPEG that's ready to share on the web.
Photons to Photos #7
M13 is arguably the finest globular cluster in the northern hemisphere, and is well placed for imaging in the late spring and early summer. In Photons to Photos #7 you can watch over Warren's shoulder as he processes a One-Shot Color image of the Hercules cluster from start to finish.
Photons to Photos #8
M101 lies off the handle of the Big Dipper. This beautiful grand-design spiral galaxy is well placed in the northern sky all night long in late spring and early summer. In this workshop Ron will blend luminance- and Ha-filtered masters from his mono camera and 6” scope with one-shot color data from his 4” refractor to capture the essence of this object. This workshop will include demos of some recent enhancements to PI and the latest add-ons, including NoiseXterminator.
Photons to Photos #10
In the next Photons to Photos session, we’ll watch over Warren’s shoulder while he processes a medium resolution, monochromatic version of the iconic Orion Nebula, M42. This beautiful, multicolored nebula is relatively easy to process because of its strong signal, but can present challenges due to its high dynamic range.
Photons to Photos #16
In Photons to Photos #16, Warren will work up some monochrome narrowband data on a beautiful, large nebula that is well suited to shorter focal lengths. IC 1396 contains the Elephant Trunk Nebula and many other features, and is currently well placed for imaging from mid-northern latitudes. This data was collected by our Supernova Sponsor, Telescope Live.