With a suitable dataset, workflows in StarTools are simple, replicable and short. Most modules are visited only once, with a clear purpose.
If you are familiar with other processing applications, you may be surprised with the seemingly erroneous mixing of modules that operate on linear vs non-linear data.
In StarTools, this important distinction is abstracted away, thanks to the signal evolution Tracking engine. In fact, it lets you do things, with ease, that are hard or impossible in other applications.
The Color module is very powerful - offering capabilities surpassing most other software - yet it is simple to use.
Bin the image up until each pixel describes one unit of real detail.
"L, RGB" simply uses the loaded luminance dataset for luminance and uses red, green and blue for the colour information.
StarTools enables you to keep M42's colour constant throughout, even in its bright core.
You can convert everything you see to a format you find convenient. Give it a try!