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    Cheers Shano. I am hoping tonight will be clear for some imaging. I've had back luck with the weather on nights where I was free to image. I bought Warren Keller's 400 page manual a few years back when I first bought PI, I read it with great interest, practised the techniques and discovered PI. But the way the PI platform is designed means that if you are not using it all the time (like me), you will forget all your hard efforts of studying it. I find PI is not intuitive, there are too many back doors or hidden techniques. For example, their functions for noise reduction are mostly not named noise reduction but other fancy mathematical names. I constantly found myself having to try and remember stuff that should have been straight forward. The software is incredibly powerful, but from a commercial resale perspective, they have made some massive mistakes by not making it as simple as possible to use. I get very limited time at the moment, I need straight in and out software solutions, but (for example) I found very simple processes like stacking three master files of different sizes would become headache material; I then bought a software program called registar and without even looking at an instruction manual stacked my images within 60 seconds of opening the program for the first time (this is how software should be designed IMHO). I do love PI though and it certainly has its place in my processing regime. I've highlighted all pertinent information in Warren Keller's book so I can get it quickly when using PI, I found that has helped me streamline the process of using PI. Hopefully I can break in the new year with some astroimaging. Ray
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