Astrophotography Tutorial – Deep Sky Image Processing with Photoshop



Deep Sky Image Processing with DeepSKyStacker and Adobe Photoshop.

In this Deep Sky Image Processing Tutorial, I go over the basics of organizing your raw images files, and stacking your light and dark frames in DeepSkyStacker. I then take the image into Adobe Photoshop for further processing and adjustments.

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Astrophotography Image Processing in Photoshop

The Photoshop action set I use is called: Astronomy Tools Action Set, which can be downloaded here:

http://www.prodigitalsoftware.com/Astronomy_Tools_For_Full_Version.html

Telescope Used: Explore Scientific ED80
Mount Used: Skywatcher HEQ-5 Pro
Camera Used: Canon Xsi (450D) stock

For more tutorials and astrophotography tips please visit my blog: http://astrobackyard.com/

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25 thoughts on “Astrophotography Tutorial – Deep Sky Image Processing with Photoshop

  • May 15, 2019 at 10:24
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    I'm stopping at 11:57 to comment. I spent several hours last night going over another tutorial online because I could NEVER get my image to look much better at all playing with the levels. When I pulled your RAW file in, it looked just like mine so I thought my display must be too cheap to see the changes. Now I'm looking at an image that is almost exactly like the one shown on your video (I have the trial CC version and haven't purchased any plug-ins). I'm astounded at how well the image can be enhanced using just a few basic adjustments. Thank you SO much for not only putting the vidz together, but also taking the time to do detailed write-ups.

  • May 15, 2019 at 10:24
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    If I don't have a tracking mount, can I take many more pictures at much faster shutter speed instead? Would that yield the same result? Also, can you get some decent result with a 200mm telephoto lens on full frame camera (no telescope at all)?

  • May 15, 2019 at 10:24
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    Thank you so much for the tutorial. I started watching your video just recently, and already learnt quite a lot about equipment, imaging and processing. Your contents are quite on point so they are extremely easy to grasp. However I have a quite fundamental question as I am just starting to learn deep sky image processing. As I try to adjust curve, the noise tend to exaggerate. Those greenish grains starts to appear as the image gets sharper. Was the noise there in the first place, or was it introduced during processing? Thanks again for those wonderful content.

  • May 15, 2019 at 10:24
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    How can you make it 3.5min exposure without stars movement? Thought it is not possible at last you are using a wide angle lens which is not true

  • May 15, 2019 at 10:24
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    I know you get this type of comment a lot but your channel has been great for keeping me occupied while I await the delivery of my first proper imaging rig. Thanks a ton. Your vids are top notch.

  • May 15, 2019 at 10:24
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    if u use ISO 1600 is more or less useless to use the raw files -very little DR (about 10 stops). U didn't bring any information from Camera raw and converted from 32 bits to 16 bits……

  • May 15, 2019 at 10:24
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    wow! i am so glad I found your channel! Your photos/videos are quite inspiring. I very much am enjoying gathering information through watching your videos, I soon hope to dive head first into the world of astrophotography, just gotta save some money first! I especially find these videos of the image processing/editing to be very helpful and insightful. DO you have any videos showing tutorials on the different programs you are running during/at the beginning of your viewing/shooting sessions?

  • May 15, 2019 at 10:24
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    I have some CGI footage of me up to my waist in diamonds in my CGI generated digital diamond mine. Any of you virgins want to invest some fiat currency.

  • May 15, 2019 at 10:24
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    Great stuff… I see you have many videos… Do you have one in which you ONLY use photoshop for the entire process? Including the stacking? Thanks!

  • May 15, 2019 at 10:24
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    Total newbie to astro photography so I was interested to watch this. I was bummed when the actions and plugins showed up though! Would it be possible to do this video without them (i.e the hard way!) so we can get similar results and understand what it is that the actions etc are actually doing? At the moment all this is still like sprinkling fairy dust (well it is for me anyway). 😀 Really appreciate your efforts to educate us with your hard earned knowledge.

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