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.
StarTools does more than just help you make "pretty pictures".
The Stereo 3D module can be used to synthesise depth information based on astronomical image feature characteristics.
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.
The Unified De-Noise module offers detail-aware, astro-specific noise reduction.
You can convert everything you see to a format you find convenient. Give it a try!