MaxIm DL IP CCD Image processing software only, Version 5

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MaxIm (Maximum Image) DL IP image processing software Version 5 for Windows is the gold standard of image-processing software. It lets you take full control of your CCD image processing. Forget intimidating manuals and complex commands. Dozens of powerful image processing features are now only a mouse click away. You can instantly adjust brightness and contrast just by moving the mouse. You can use the latest imaging techniques including LRGB, LCMY, single shot color conversion, pseudo color, mosaics, and much more! Many CCD imaging professionals consider this CD-ROM software package to be the “gold standard” of image processing software.

New processing features in Version 5 include new image file thumbnails and both XP and Vista style open/save dialog boxes; a processing log window; a star profile graph and new Stack command. You can automatically or manually generate multiple stack groups, including complete LRGB groups; automatically grade all images for quality, and only include images meeting your criteria; view the grading information for individual images, with manual override; and export image grading information. You can remove background color; pre-measure alignment for all images prior to stacking; calibrate on-the-fly during stacking, which saves time and disk space; and automatically perform LRGB stack after combine, with all images in the LRGB set aligned to a single reference image. You can load hundreds or thousands of images with multiple different targets, click Go, and MaxIm DL will automatically assemble all of your LRGB sets ready for final processing. New functions include a Drizzle capability; wavelet filters for image enhancement; easier to use Color Convert (debayer), with presets for many popular camera models.

This new version allows you to automatically or manually generate calibration groups. Simply pick a directory full of calibration images; automatic generation uses FITS keywords added by camera control to assemble the groups by CCD temperature, image size, filter used, and frame type. Best frame sets are automatically picked when you calibrate an image, based on flat-field filter slot, temperature, frame size, etc. Includes automatic scaling, flat-darks, Sigma Clip and Standard Deviation Masking, improved pedestal handling, and automatic subframe extraction. An updated Calibration Wizard simplifies setting up calibration manually.

Other features include bloom removal that lets you automatically or manually remove the effects of blooming on images taken with cameras without anti-blooming. The program adds a small amount of noise to the replaced bloomed areas, either automatically or user-determined on a per-bloom basis, for more natural-looking images. You also get Lucy-Richardson deconvolution to let you deconvolve color images, and more.

Minimum computer system requirements . . .

  • Computer: a Pentium or equivalent or higher PC, with a 1 GHz or faster processor speed recommended; 512 MB RAM minimum (2 GB recommended for processing large arrays including DSLR images and CCD images larger than 6 megapixel); 50MB of disk space is required for software installation.

  • Operating system: Windows 2000, XP 64-bit, or Vista 64-bit, or higher. Apple Macintosh running Boot Camp and Windows is supported and is the equivalent to running Windows on a regular PC. Apple Macintosh running VMWare Fusion™ is not a supported configuration; however, correct operation for processing has been reported by customers using the latest version of VMWare Fusion™. Apple Macintosh running Parallels™ is not a supported configuration and is not recommended. WINE/Linux is not a supported configuration; customer reports indicate limited functionality. Windows 95, 98, ME, and NT are not supported configurations and will not install; these obsolete versions of Windows do not support functions required by this current Version 5 MaxIm DL release.

  • Display: 1024 x 768; 16-bit color or higher. 8-bit cards can only display monochrome images.

  • Other requirements: A CD-ROM, a mouse, and Internet Explorer 5 or higher in order to display on-line help..

Software features . . .

  • Easy to use: MaxIm DL IP supports any image size to the limit of your computer’s memory. Wizards simplify complex image processing functions. You can pan and zoom images in multiple windows. Thumbnail images in the Windows XP-style and Vista-style image processing dialog boxes give you a quick preview of results. A convenient toolbar includes the most commonly-used features. There is a full context-sensitive help function on line, in addition to a detailed 250-page manual with index.

  • Image stretching and scaling: You can perform contrast/brightness adjustments using the mouse. Changes to the “screen stretch” do not affect the contents of your image file. There are automatic stretch settings. You can use gamma, logarithmic, or linear stretching; uniform, straight-line, exponential, lognormal, Gaussian, and Rayleigh curves; plus a user defined curve that lets you paint your own curve with the mouse. There’s also a user-defined transfer function that lets you perform an arbitrary non-linear stretch, and more.

  • Advanced image filtering: The program provides multiple selectable FFT and kernal filters, using automatic parameter calculation or custom mouse-based parameter selection. You can develop up to 12 user-defined kernels. There’s an unsharp mask function, and much more.

  • Lucy-Richardson or MaxImum Entropy Deconvolution: These sophisticated image processing programs will tighten up blurry images to reduce the effects of atmospheric seeing, telescope aberrations, and guiding errors. They can save so-so images from your computer’s recycle bin. You can deconvolve the whole image or just a portion. Automatic Wizards make them easy to use.

  • Color image support: You can combine three or four filtered CCD images in RGB, LRGB, CMY, or LCMY formats. You can do a manual alignment with sub-pixel shifting, an auto-centroid for precise alignment, and rotational alignment. You can let the program do an automatic alignment using star matching and correlation matching. You can do a color balance adjust, adjust the saturation, do color smoothing, and more.

  • CCD Image Calibration: A calibration wizard makes CCD calibration a breeze! The program supports bias, dark, and flat field frames. There’s an auto-scale based on the exposure length from the image file header (FITS, SBIG). Auto-optimize automatically calculates the scaling for minimum noise level. And there’s more.

  • Image Stacking: You can take image sequences and save them to disk, then use the Combine feature to add the images together, with precise alignment. This lets you inspect each image and reject any that are trailed due to periodic error in the drive, wind gusts, etc. The alignment tool allows you to leaf through the images and discard bad frames. Sub-pixel image registration is supported, and several different alignment methods are available, ranging from automatic star matching to manual overlay. You can apply a full calibration, including bias, dark and flat, prior to summing the image. If there are any hot pixels you can also clean these up before they propagate through the combined image. You can do a median combine instead of sum combine, which can eliminate cosmic ray hits, hot pixels, etc. You have the original “raw data” and can reprocess the image if desired.

  • Image Manipulation: You can flatten the background; build large mosaics from individual images; do individual pixel editing using the mouse; align sets of images using bicubic or linear resampling; do an image resize with interpolation that’s controlled by image dimensions or pixel aspect ratio; remove bad pixels (hot pixels or blooming); add noise; rotate, flip, mirror, and duplicate the image; make pixels square; combine multiple files with manual or automatic shift/rotate to combine a series of short unguided exposures into one long-exposure equivalent image; remove a gradient due to moonlight or light pollution with one click; and much more.

  • Image Analysis: Photometry – You can perform accurate photometric measurements, for example to plot light curves of variable stars and eclipsing binaries. Astrometry – the PinPoint astrometric engine is fully integrated, allowing you to perform precise positional analyses for binary star position angle and separation measurements.

  • Image Inspection: You can perform blink comparisons and animate solar system motion. You can do a 3-D plot to build a 3-D representation of an image. There’s a night vision mode and a zoom view that shows a close-up of the area under the cursor. There’s a continuous display of cursor coordinates, pixel intensity, and pixel color in status line. An information box displays statistics using a resizable circular cursor. The box includes intensity and red/green/blue display; cursor position and radius; brightness statistics (minimum, maximum, average, and standard deviation); the X and Y centroid; the X and Y full-width half maximum (FWHM); the estimated star magnitude with a calibration feature; statistics on the whole image or a rectangular region; and more.

  • File formats: MaxIm DL IP supports many popular file formats:

    • FITS - a full implementation of the standard file format for astronomical images, with selectable pixel format and a proprietary lossless compression feature.

    • SBIG - supports the full line of SBIG cameras.

    • PC-Lynxx CCD cameras.

    • BMP - Windows standard format.

    • TIFF - industry standard format (no LZW compression).

    • JPEG - with controllable quality to allow for optimum compression.

    • PNG - for high-quality compressed images.

    • RAW (unformatted binary) - IEEE float, 8-bit, 16-bit, and 32-bit integers.

    • Starlight Xpress images can be imported using either RAW or FITS format.
All in all, there is very little that MaxIm DL IP Version 5 can’t do to improve a CCD image. The chances are, if you can think of a way to improve your images, MaxIm probably already includes that feature. It truly is the “gold standard” of image processing programs.
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