lördag 14 januari 2017

star repair in PixInsight

When stars start to get over exposed during data collection, their core may become a different colour than the normally exposed outer halo. When the stacked image is stretched using MaskedStretch in PixInsight, stars are stretched less than dimmer parts. This means that stars in the stretched image are not saturated, and can display an odd colour. PixInsight has a script that can correct star cores of partially saturated stars. It is called "Repaired HSV Separation", and can be found under Scripts -> Utilities. The script should be applied just before the first stretch. It will decompose the colour image into H, Sv, and V colour components, and repair the colour values of the stars.
The different components are then to be combined using the ChannelCombination process (which is under ColorSpaces).
The upper part of the dialog box is used to determine which images are to be created, while the lower part is used for repair of the H, Sv, and V channels.For best results, mainly the Repair level parameter needs to be adjusted.
Alejandro Tombolini (who brought this script to my attention), recommends to use the unrepaired V channel when combining the channels. But experiment to find out if the repaired or unrepaired V channel works best. Be sure to select the HSV colour space.
Here's how it affected one of my most recent images, a before and after shot of the Pleiades (M45). Look at the core of the brightes stars. In the original image, the cores arepink in colour, while in the repaired image, they are blue, the same colour as the outer haloes.

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