StarTools is a powerful new type of image processing application for astrophotography that tracks noise propagation as you process.
StarTools extensive knowledge of the past, present and - sometimes - future of your signal, allows you to do things users of other, traditional software can only dream of. These things include mathematically correct deconvolution of heavily processed data, mathematically correct color calibration of stretched data, and objectively the best noise reduction routine on the market that seems to "just know" exactly where noise grain in your final image is located.
StarTools is the best-kept secret amongst signal processing purists; those who fundamentally understand how StarTools achieves such superior signal fidelity.
As opposed to other software, StarTools uses new brute force and data mining techniques, so your precious signal is preserved as much as possible till the very end. StarTools makes use of the advances in CPU & GPU power, RAM and storage space, replacing old algorithms with new, more powerful ones.
StarTools, renowned for it ease-of-use, is not just popular with beginners. StarTools is the best-kept secret amongst signal processing purists; those who fundamentally understand how StarTools achieves such superior signal fidelity. Yet, you don't need a mathematics or physics degree to understand the underlying theory; see the Tracking section to learn more.
We are incredibly pleased StarTools superior processing capabilities haven't gone unnoticed, now being the new tool of choice for a rapidly growing group of beginners, enthusiasts, schools and institutions that numbers in the many thousands.
The software is "user friendly by mathematical nature". To be able to function, the engine needs to be able to make mathematical sense of your signal flow from start to finish. That's why it is simply unable to perform "nonsensical" or destructive operations. This is great if you are a beginner, and it saves you from bad habits or sub-optimal decisions. It's not so much because we put "guard rails" in; it is just that the mathematics would break down otherwise.
StarTools aims to be as affordable as it is powerful. The StarTools project is about enabling astrophotography for as many people as possible, no matter how limited or advanced their means and equipment. As such, we aim to provide the most advanced image processing algorithms of any software at a just a fraction of the price of traditional software.
It has really powerful tools not seen in other programs.
As of StarTools 1.6, you get the choice of two noise reduction styles.
To view just the model that Life is using to enhance the image, the 'Output Glow Only' parameter can be set to 'Yes'.
The Fractal Flux module allows for fully automated analysis and subsequent processing of astronomical images of DSOs.
You can convert everything you see to a format you find convenient. Give it a try!