The starting and mouse out image is a reprocess
using new tools available in the latest beta release of Images Plus.
Calibration and stacking done using the auto DSLR image processing.
Next an arcsin stretch with colour expansion was used to provide an
initial stretch. SMI processing was applied with the blurring of the
top layer done with a frequency domain lowpass filter. Colour noise
reduced using a colour combine with a frequency domain filtered colour
layer. Masked contrast layers were used to boost the image contrast
and micro curves with a soft light combine was used for the
final contrast boost. A masked star reduction pass and binning produced
the final image seen here. The new arcsin stretch makes it
easy to get the initial stretch and the colour expansion makes it
easier to hold colour while stretching. The frequency domain filtering
allows very fine control over the blurring and noise filtering.
The original image is an earlier processing
attempt with calibration, stacking, DDP, masked contrast enhancement,
high pass filtering, masked star reduction in Images
Plus 5. Masked star halo reduction using the
selective colour luminance mask tool in Images Plus
5. Masked noise reduction
applied in Paint Shop Pro .
Image binned to resize for web display in Images Plus.