Jerry Lodriguss's new book A Beginner's Guide to Astronomical Image Processing
will be out later this year.
Both Astropy and Scikit-Image are free and open sources, and make astronomical image processing
fun (and a bit addicting) for anyone with a basic knowledge of Python.
And if you're a beginner when it comes to astronomical image processing
, AstroFX can be your step-by-step guide to rewarding, high-resolution deep-sky images.
All photos by the author; astronomical image processing
by Sean Walker.
Following the prescription in Richard Berry and James Burnell's Handbook of Astronomical Image Processing
(Willmann-Bell, 2005), I measured the camera's readout noise to be a remarkably low 7 electrons per pixel.
Mira AL costs $129, and at that price, there's no excuse for using anything else as the gateway to true professional-quality astronomical image processing
Volume 1 tours the tools and features within Photoshop and shows how to apply them to astronomical image processing
. Topics include manipulation of the histogram, the curves function, and management of layers and masks.
For deep-sky objects, ImagesPlus also offers all the popular and powerful filters unique to astronomical image processing
. Van Cittert, Richardson-Lucy, Maximum Entropy--they're all here, in adaptive versions that can be set to sharpen only the subject and not the sky background (which would enhance image noise).
The Handbook of Astronomical Image Processing
Richard Berry and James Burnell (Willmann-Bell, 2005).
When we selected the first edition of The Handbook of Astronomical Image Processing
as a Hot Product for 2001, we mused whether it was a tutorial about image processing that included a software program, or software that came with a great background reference book.