Save process settings in PixInsight

Save process settings in PixInsight

For a lot of processes in PixInsight you’ll have some basic values for the settings you want to use or at least start with, every time. But how do you remember these values? If you are anything like me you’ve written them down somewhere, or stored a bookmark to some article that discusses certain values. Every time you use the process you need to look up these values. Wouldn’t it be great if you could…

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Longer exposures versus multiple shorter exposures

Longer exposures versus multiple shorter exposures

Which is better: many short exposures or fewer long exposures? This question get’s asked a lot and it might seem complicated. The short answer is; don’t worry about exposure length if you are imaging under light polluted skies. If you are lucky enough to be under dark skies, then fewer but longer exposures will be better in terms of SNR than more shorter exposures.

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Working with previews in PixInsight

Working with previews in PixInsight

When working in PixInsight you probably make use of Previews a lot. And I really mean a lot! Most processes can take quite a bit of trial and error to get the right settings and fine tune them for the optimal result. We run these processes on previews so that it is much faster to see the effects compared to running it on the complete picture. Furthermore, we can use multiple copies of the same…

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Learn more about color with Pixar

Learn more about color with Pixar

We all know Pixar (Animation Studios) for the funny, witty, touching animation movies. Part of the reason these movies are so good is the focus on excellent story telling. And these stories are told with excellent quality standards and the focus on all the little details. But what does Pixar have to do with astrophotography, I hear you ask. Well, one could make some philosophical point about story telling in (astro)photography I guess, but the…

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Improve the performance of PixInsight with swap file storage

Improve the performance of PixInsight with swap file storage

There is an easy way to increase the performance of PixInsight by optimising the swap file storage. I’ll explain a bit more about what it is and what it does, along with my personal tests and results in this article. For those who are just interested in the improvement I’ll start with the short instruction what you’ll need to do. Add Swap storage directories In PixInsight, go to Edit -> Global Preferences. This will open…

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Fuji X-Trans sensor integration workflow for PixInsight

Fuji X-Trans sensor integration workflow for PixInsight

Fuji introduced an alternative for the well known Bayer filter array with the X-Trans CMOS sensor. Basically they took the 2×2 Bayer grid and replaced it with a larger pattern that is more random at larger scales. The great benefit of this is that it allows Fuji to get rid of the low-pass filter that has slightly blurring effect. You can see the two different patterns below PixInsight X-Trans integration Because Fuji X-Trans has a…

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