Design philosophy and limitations

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 is 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 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, 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.