The AI tool Starnet++ is the next level in astrophotography

  • Posted on: 26 September 2023
  • By: tihomiry

Recently I started to use Siril for processing my images as I was shown a new tool for star extraction Starnet++. Deviding the stars from the background is especially useful when processing images of nebulas as this way you can focus on stretching just the nebulosity and get the maximum of it.
The results are really fantastic and this is due to the AI engine of this app that is knowing what the object is. Therefore enchase those pixels that are related with the signal.
This is a completely new Era of the astrophotography. I was wondering if the processed photos are really mine, but careful inspections shows that all I see is actually there on my shot, I just had not the skills and tools to bring it up before.

Recently I got one very good lens the Asahi Takumar 135mm 1:2.5. This is fast telephoto lens and from my point of view a good lens should be with aperture from 1:1,2 to 1:2,8.

Moon at 45% illumination and 70x magnification. With aperture of 200mm,14,1 stops dynamic range, color depth of 23.7 bits at this image there are slight color variation on the moon surface that reveals it’s structure.

This is the beginning of my research on how dark the sky could be and what is benefit of a dark sky for astrophotography. I was inspired from those 2 sites. First one presents mathematical model of how dark the sky is.

You can find my last DSLR Astrophotography article in Bulgarian at page 76. I am sharing my last findings for this publication, Specially written for the Institute of Astronomy.

Satellites, cosmic trash or UFOs, the moving spots are everywhere on the sky. Typical satellite behavior is to reflect sun light. It should be yellow or white and could fade and shine due to its rotation.