Ron Brecher

Ron Brecher

Ron Brecher was mildly interested in the sky as a boy growing up in Montreal, but became seriously hooked on astronomy only after he had two children of his own. He has been a visual observer since 1998 and imaging since 2006, and has used just about every kind of telescope and camera there is. Ron’s main imaging interest is deep sky, long exposure astrophotography.  Since 2010 Ron has used exclusively PixInsight for deep sky image processing.  Ron’s images have been published in journals, magazines, CD-covers and on-line, in Canada and the U.S.  He images from a SkyShed observatory just north of Guelph, Ontario.

Title of my talk for Tuesday will be “Basic Image Processing with PixInsight”

 Description of Workshop for Wednesday:

 Introduction to Deep Sky Image Processing With PixInsight

REGISTRATION REQUIRED - Limited to 25 participants

 You’ve spent a long, cold night under the sky with your scope and camera.  You have calibrated, aligned and combined the sub-frames.  Now you have a colour (or “RGB”) image that looks almost completely black, other than a few bright dots.  Did something go wrong?  Probably not!  With just a few basic processing steps you can “make the magic happen” and reveal the hidden treasures in your image:

-        Crop away edge artifacts

-        Correct light pollution gradients (both brightness and colour)

-        Balance the colour

-        Stretch the data to reveal faint stars and structures

-     Reduce noise

-        Adjust brightness and saturation

 Scale the PixInsight learning curve with Ron Brecher, who produces beautiful deep sky images using this powerful software.  In this hands-on, interactive workshop, Ron will briefly introduce a basic workflow for producing images from colour data.  Participants will then use PixInsight on their own laptops to process RGB data that Ron will provide.  

 NOTE:  PARTICIPANTS MUST HAVE PIXINSIGHT ON THEIR COMPUTER PRIOR TO THE START OF THE WORKSHOP.  A TRIAL LICENSE CAN BE REQUESTED AT https://pixinsight.com/trial/index.html.