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PixInsight Large Star Reduction

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After four nights of hitting brick walls, posting two threads on PI's forum and reading and watching a ton of tutorials I posted this earlier on FB. Worth posting here as well -

 I'm trying to reduce large stars (not low focal length stars which are medium to small), the PI function "morphological transformation" (MT) appears only to work with small to medium sized stars (which surprises me, why would they leave "large" stars out of a "star reduction" algorithm, Spock would find that highly illogical, as I do). I have been using a star mask from day dot (even using MT on the star mask to ensure the protection wasn't too extreme). I've posted twice on the PI forums asking them about this with no solution (from the experts). I've also watched and read a ton of tutorials. This really surprises me that a dedicated astro processing program like PI cannot do this. But not only, not do this, but not do it quickly and simply> Select stars sizes with a min and max slider>size adjustment with another slider> fuzziness or smoothing with another slider> apply. Done. Every tutorial I've read has so many steps and hoops to jump through to perform such simple reduction on medium to small sized stars, that other software can do in literally 20 seconds, with no training, at a cost of $20 (PS pluggins). Seriously, what am I missing? I bought Warren Kellers instruction book on PI, and I have been diligently working through it, and at the part where star reduction came into it, that is where I hit a brick wall. So I should be fair and mention that I haven't finished reading it, but the fact that two posts on the PI forums draw blanks from the PI experts is a very big worry. My comments above are well documented from other user threads online elsewhere all the way back to 2010, so I'll be perplexed if something hasn't been implemented since then. I could harp on about other stuff in PI but I want to be completely fair and give it a proper effort, I've had it for about 12 weeks, I've spent dozens of hours learning it, yet still struggling to reduce stars that I can do in other software in 20 seconds with no training for $20, but I'll hold my judgement until I've finished Warren's book. Thanks again to everyone that has tried to assist. I shoot at 4000mm FL and get pretty big stars.

For anyone finding this thread on Google, I currently use Noel Carboni's actions and also another pluggin called Star Shrink. Until I find something better, those are what I'm using. Hopefully PI comes out with something. I'll respond here again if I work out how to do it in PI, but a quick warning, its been four nights of hitting brick walls with PI. 



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