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.

To check the polar alignment of your telescope look trough the polar scope. When turning the Ra axis the polar star should move in the exact circle in the eyepiece without any deviation.

Removing the DSLR build in IR-cut filter will give you at least 50% more sensitivity for hydrogen alpha emissions of the nebulas. Also the camera will be more light sensitive at dark allowing you to shoot more faint objects.

We can check what is like to process day shot with similar to astrophotography techniques. It is cloudy in Bulgaria for the next week or so and I took shots of the nearby mountain trough the fog with 200mm lens.

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