Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Processing Jupiter--When is it enough, and when too much?

I took some images of Jupiter a few days ago and I just got around to processing them. Seeing was below average. Images were captured with a 14 inch ACF and ASI 120MM camera. After stacking, I processed them with the unsharp mask in Photoshop. The unsharp mask really pulls detail out of the image, but there's a fine line between "enough" and "too much," as these examples show. It's an interesting conundrum as the most processed image shows more details, but definitely looks unnatural and overcooked.

The best processed image in my opinion

An overly-processed image--ots of detail is visible, but the image looks "overcooked"

The original stacked image