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Fringe and halo killer

Postby admin » Sat Dec 22, 2012 12:41 am

If you acquire your data with a achromat refractor, your data may be suffering from the purple halo effect (chromatic aberration). There is a very quick and easy way in StarTools to get rid of the purple/bluehish fringes, from where you can further reduce any halos using the 'Magic' module.

You can go from this;

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To this;

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To attack the purple fringes, simply launch the 'Filter' module;

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Click Mask, and create a star mask that is suitable. You'll want to include anything that is very bright and/or over exposed, i.e. anything that can cause the chromatic aberration to be prevalent;

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Next, back in the 'Filter' module, set 'Filter Mode' to 'Fringe Killer' and 'Filter Width' to '1' (the latter lower value makes the filter more responsive to colours that are close - but not exactly the same - to the ones you click). All you have to do now is zoom into a star that exhibits the chromatic aberration and click on the offending halo.

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After clicking a few times, this is the result;

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