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Re: PixInsight software

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  • fahimshariff
    Hi All, I am fairly new to PI, I only recently acquired it after reviwing a few applications. I had used it briefly before back in its infancy, but only for
    Message 1 of 12 , Aug 7, 2011
      Hi All,

      I am fairly new to PI, I only recently acquired it after reviwing a few applications. I had used it briefly before back in its infancy, but only for deconvolution. I own Nebulosity and the author of that himself had done some tutorials on PI. So I decided to give it a go.

      I used Harry's video's, the forums and help files to get through it. I spent an entier weekend just going over it. Running the data through it with several variations, as i leanred more. What I found I liked at the outset was the UI, while it may seem Quirky it was very intutive to me. I think it was because of its Object orianted approach, which was clear from the videos. Each step of the work flow is an application of an instance of a "process", an instance of an object. As such it is very easy to record your entire workflow as a sequence of objects and later retrace the same steps. This greatly also helps in explaning to others and for seeking help. One can simply pass them there instance of the object and say this is what I did. More than anything it is this that sold me on buying the software, while watching the tutorials.

      I think the fact that users are authoring videos is actually a good thing. It represents to me user confidence in PI.


      --- In ccd-newastro@yahoogroups.com, Ron Wodaski <yahoo@...> wrote:
      > A friend had some problems with a gradient in some data he gathered earlier this week, and I suggested we try PixInsight to deal with it (I'd had a demo of how effective it was at cleaning up gradients from another friend about a year ago).
      > So I updated PixInsight (I have yet to really dig into the video tutorials to learn the ins and outs), and yet another friend (good thing I have more than one friend, huh?) and I worked together to dredge up the various steps needs to remove the gradient and do some basic processing on the image.
      > Two things:
      > * The actual results were really impressive. The gradient was cleared up, and the default processing steps we used were also excellent. I can see that we can do more with the other features of PixInsight, but that will have to wait for when I have the time.
      > * The new documentation, which is essentially built into the software (click help at any point and get detailed information) is a fantastic improvement. I now honestly believe I can learn enough to use the power of the program.
      > IMO, PixInsight has reached a point were it's not _only_ powerful, but also reasonable accessible. I say 'reasonably' because power don't come cheap, folks. You have to put in some time to master it.
      > I'm sorry that I don't have a copy of the image to post yet (or permission from the friend who collected the data), but I'll see about posting that somewhere so I can show you what I'm talking about.
      > I've been (sometimes heavily) critical of PixInsight in the past for the lack of accessibility. Now that I feel that there is an excellent balance between power and accessibility, I thought I should post a note sharing my thoughts. I need to be fair, after all.
      > Ron Wodaski
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