PixInsight for Newbies

The next Masters of PixInsight Workshop continues their “PixInsight for Newbies” series and will be hosted virtually on October 31, 2023 at 7 PM EDT by Warren Keller and Dr. Ron Brecher.

PixInsight for NewbiesAs the team notes, “Now that you’ve begun to harness PixInsight’s powerful toolkit, it’s time to take it up a notch. In ‘Next Steps for Newbies,’ we will expand on the basic workflow with powerful tools and techniques for both One-Shot Color (OSC) and Monochrome cameras.”

These enhancements to your workflow will help you get the most from your nights under the stars. Topics included will be:

– Adding Cosmetic Correction to preprocessing to eliminate hot pixels

– Superior background modelization with Dynamic Background Extraction

– Spectrally-based color balance using Photometric Color Calibration

– Making a mask for precision noise reduction and color saturation

Attendees of this workshop will receive the following:

– Two full data sets including lights, darks, biases, and flats

– Expanded process icon sets to use on your own data

– An enhanced basic workflow to help you create great images with your data

– Unlimited access to the workshop video, PixInsight project, and icons used in the workshop

– An opportunity to win a door prize from sponsors

As the name suggests, the Masters of PixInsight Workshop series provides a learning experience for PixInsight which is an advanced image processing software platform. For those unfamiliar with the platform, it has been designed specifically for astrophotography and other technical imaging fields. PixInsight is a modular, open-architecture system where the entire processing and file handling capabilities are implemented as external installable modules.

PixInsight has been ported as a native 64-bit application to Linux, macOS and Windows operating systems. PixInsight is a strongly multithreaded environment able to exploit all processors and processor cores available on modern hardware.

PixInsight is both an image processing environment and a software development framework. The core PixInsight application integrates three user interfaces: a graphical interface, a command-line interface, and a scripting interface based on the JavaScript language. As a development platform, PixInsight provides the PixInsight Class Library (PCL), an ISO C++ framework for development of PixInsight modules, and the PixInsight JavaScript Runtime (PJSR), an ECMA 262-5 compliant environment readily available in the core PixInsight application.

The cost of the ‘Next Steps for Newbies” as part of the PixInsight for Newbies series of workshops is $35. You can learn more here.

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