Michael A. Phillips

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Astronomy Software and Techniques


I made a tutorial on how to remove the limb artifacts on your Mars images. You'll see in this video tools in Gimp like layers, opacity and selection tools. I hope this is useful. It's 8 minutes long, but be sure to full screen and set to 720 to see all the little things going on in it.


Getting Started

Importance of Seeing, Collimation, Focusing and Thermal Stability


Software Packages


Custom coriander - used for capture in Linux


Lucky Image Stacking


AutoStakkert!2 - for stacking in Linux under 



AstraImage - for sharpening / deconvolution in Linux under wine

  •  I typically use Lucy-Richardson Deconvolution with the Exponential setting
  • Document covering all the various experiments I've tried (http://goo.gl/kL7yz)
WinJUPOS - derotation of planetary in Linux under wine




Topaz Labs DeNoise - Photoshop plugin used in Linux under wine


Image modification / Post Processing

Photoshop - used for processing in 16-bit when I feel the need - used in Linux under wine

  •  Auto Color
  • Topaz DeNoise
  • Saturation
  • High Pass filter
  • Contrast



GIMP - native Linux used for final assembly with info and labels or quick 8-bit processing

 Also be sure to add some of these cool GIMP Plugins: 



Basic, Must Master Tutorials

 The most understated aspects of using a telescope for looking or imaging are covered here

Advanced, Scripting

Processing Tutorials



Here you'll see a raw stack get sharpened in AstraImage



Michael A. Phillips' Planetary Processing Routine version 8.1:http://maphilli14.multiply.com/journal/item/84 This video is just a getting started guide to Anthony Wesley's Ninox tool (used to be ppmcentre) I use the raw CLI and show you how to download and run the tool on some short sample data. Check out the rest of the commands: ninox -width=300 -height=300 -cutx=300 -cuty=300 -qestimator -qrenumber -outdir=C:\OUT123



This video details Michael A. Phillips' Planetary Processing Routine version 7. This section covers how the image data moves from Ninox sorting into Registax. Details of the video are located here:http://maphilli14.multiply.com/journal/item/37/Michael_A._Phillips_Planetary_Processing_Routine_version_7.0Next section is an introduction to Iris: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNdst4pfPzY MAP-HowToPlanetaryProcessingRegistaxv7-20081130

Planetary Processing Version 8


Planetary Processing Version 7


Older tricks

Iris - an all around great tool for DSLR, Planetary, stacking, sharpening and processing 

RegiStax - Stacking and sharpening 


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