RE: [ccd-newastro] Re: Pixinsight trial version Internet bandwidth?
- Wow, I'd happily drive 40 miles to have someone show me what I want to see
of this software!
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On
Behalf Of Mike Dodd
Sent: Monday, September 23, 2013 5:13 PM
Subject: [ccd-newastro] Re: Pixinsight trial version Internet bandwidth?
Mark de Regt wrote:
> Mike,Thanks, Mark. The vendor says the trial version uses a small amount each
> I noticed nothing in the way of internet use by the program each time
> I opened it.
time it launches.
>That's what I hear, and why I am moving _very_ cautiously. I visited Steve
> But I did, alas, notice how very complex it is to do anything with
> this software.
Reilly (40 miles away) last week, and he showed me some of the cool stuff it
can do, but acknowledged that it takes a long time to learn. I'm thinking of
trying the trial version on one or two of my good images to see how steep
the learning curve really is.
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I've been predicting this for a few years now. Once Sony has exited there will be few affordable CCDs (Kodak / Truesense). Most surviving CCD will be expensive small runs (E2V). There will be significantly different dynamics when the amateur astro-imaging manufacturers and community come to terms with CMOS.
Astro-cam manufacturers may face a threat/challenge from the big camera companies (Canon, Nikon, Sony, etc.). But they might be safe due to the miniscule astro-cam market combined with the inertia and indifference of the big companies. Canon and Nikon have produced half-hearted "astro" models that simply omit the IR filter with a significant price increase. But these are not likely to go anywhere - the Canon is dead and the Nikon may die soon. But the real saving grace for astro-cams will be mono (non-Bayer) cams, which remain infuriatingly unavailable for DSLR/MICL (except for one very expensive Leica).
Astro practitioners will face new sensor dynamics and adopt new imaging practices. CMOS has much less read noise and shallower full well capacity than CCD. Both of these characteristics favor significantly shorter sub-exps than CCD practitioners are accustomed to. This will permit unguided imaging as viable sub-exps of only a few seconds become feasible. This of course also means many more sub-exps, which in turn affects processing in many ways. I have been exploring these dynamics for some time now (via intensified imaging) and they are real game changers. It could be an exciting new horizon...