I picked up a new piece of software about a week ago, called PixInsight. PixInsight is an editing and post-processing tool dedicated to astrophotography, offering some extremely powerful and often unique tools that support the stretching, noise reduction, and enhancement of deep space imagery. While Photoshop is a powerful tool, sometimes it just can’t touch what PixInsight can do. I spent some time reprocessing one of my favorite astro images so far: Rosette Nebula. Rosette is a truly amazing object, beautiful in form, but also beautiful in color. My original attempt at editing Rosette resulted in a fairly deep, almost monochromatic red tone. That was partly due to how I had to perform some edits when using Photoshop, which drained some of the natural color and color contrast from the image. With PixInsight, I was able to preserve that natural color and contrast, which helps enhance a lot of the nuances of detail that are somewhat lost in the original.
While I think some aspects of my original edit are better, I do like the color in this one. I may come back to this to edit it again once I have more experience with PixInsight, although I think it more likely that I’ll get some better sub frames to start at a dark sky site, and see if I can do better overall.