As with all modules in StarTools, the Wipe module is designed around robust data analysis and algorithmic reconstruction principles. The data should speak for themselves and manual touch-ups or subjective gradient model construction by means of sample setting is, by default, avoided as much as possible.
In general, StarTools' Wipe module should yield superior results, retaining more faint detail and subtle large-scale nebulosity, compared to basic, traditional manual gradient model construction routines. However, exceptions arise where gradients undulate (e.g. rise or fall) faster than the detail in the image due to atypical acquisition issues (incorrect flat frames, very strongly delineated localised light pollution domes). Human nor machine will be able to discern detail objectively or with certainty. As a result Wipe will, likewise, struggle in such cases.
As in most modules in StarTools, a number of presets are available to quickly dial in useful starting points.
The 'Un-glow' feature attempts to reduce the halos around bright, over-exposing stars.
Even the way StarTools displays and scales images, has been created specifically for astrophotography.
Please note that other parameters such as the 'Threshold', 'Max feature size', 'Filter sensitivity' and 'Exclude color' have no effect in this mode.
Most modules come with presets that quickly dial in useful parameter settings.
You can convert everything you see to a format you find convenient. Give it a try!