Although I am still imaging in inner space, at least the latest venture has an astro-imaging application. I have just purchased Noel Carboni’s Fractal Sharpening tool which works with Genuine Fractals (also purchased at the same time) and Adobe Photoshop. These 3 pieces of software working together provide you with a new powerful addition to your digital processing armoury. I have just applied the fractal sharpening to an old macro image taken of a bee in my garden, and the result is excellent. You can then use Genuine Fractals on its own if you want to convert a (physically) small image into a large poster print. Having just converted a sub-A4 image into an A3 image and printed it out I must admit Genuine Fractals really does a good job. You could also apply Noel’s fractal sharpening to your deep-sky images to give them that extra little “zing” – I know Noel did this on our mega Veil nebula project to very good effect.
So as we approach the end of June and my astro-imaging fast it has not all been a complete waste of time. I now have some very useful digital processing software, and a 77mm Hutech IDAS filter arrived this afternoon for those Milky Way shots using a DSLR and the AstroTrac. So hopefully, during the next summer month, I’ll be able to do some ultra wide-field deep-sky imaging with the Canon 17-55mm lens and the IDAS filter 🙂