I'm sending the following e-mail to a web site that lists Mac astronomy software (http://www.primordial-light.com/macastronomer.html
"I just ran across your Macintosh Computers in Amateur Astronomy page. Thanks for putting this excellent site together.
"I've fallen in love with astrophotography over the last few years and am a Mac user. I've gone the route of running Windows emulators to access the vast amount of Windows astronomy software, but find that Mac-native stuff tends to be more stable and a lot less of a headache to use. I'm on a very limited budget so everything I have tends to take that into account. I control my DSI cameras with Nebulosity and guide with PHD; as you note, both excellent pieces of software. Since your site invites suggestions, I'm offering the following:
"Until recently, I did most of my post-processing with Photoshop CS6 (definitely not cheap, but cheap for me since my university has a site license). A couple of months ago, I heard about StarTools (http://startools.org/drupal/
) as a post-processing package and decided to give it a try. I have been very impressed. Like PixInsight, it is an astrophotography-specific package. Its noise handling is exceptional, and its learning curve is not particularly steep; I found that after about a week with it I was producing better results than I've been able to get with Photoshop after a couple of years of skill development (though I still do some final touch-up in Photoshop with the also excellent Astronomy Tools plug-in package, and I'm also still learning how to better use StarTools). Almost every image I've reprocessed using StarTools has improved. The author of StarTools, Ivo Jager, is actively developing and improving the program and is very responsive to feedback. The Mac version is currently 32-bit, but I have not found that to be limiting, at least for the things I do. And finally, StarTools is quite inexpensive: it delivers a great deal of bang for the buck!
What I do for fun: