Even the way StarTools displays and scales images, has been created specifically for astrophotography.
StarTools implements a custom scaling algorithm in its user interface, which makes sure that perceived noise levels stay constant, no matter the zoom level. This way, nasty noise surprises when viewing the image at 100% are avoided.
StarTools implements a custom scaling algorithm in its user interface, which makes sure that perceived noise levels stay constant, no matter the zoom level.
Even more clever, StarTools scaling algorithm can highlight latent and faint patterns (often indicating stacking problems or acquisition errors) by intentionally causing an aliasing pattern at different zoom levels in the presence of such patterns.
There are many ways to enhance detail to taste and much depends on what you feel is most important to bring out in your image.
The Shrink module offers comprehensive stellar profile modification by shrinking, tightening and re-colouring stars.
The 'Un-glow' feature attempts to reduce the halos around bright, over-exposing stars.
The 'AutoMask' button launches a popup with access to two quick ways of creating a star mask.
You can convert everything you see to a format you find convenient. Give it a try!