PixInsight Workshop - November 30-December 2, 2018

Join Warren Keller and Ron Brecher for three days of intensive PixInsight training, hosted by Cloud Break Optics.

This beginner workshop will be held at Market Street Center 2821 NW Market St. Suite H Seattle, WA 98107, USA (next to Cloud Break Optics) and is limited to an exclusive group of 30 attendees, allowing for a personal learning experience for all. Have questions?  Don't hesitate to contact us!

Workshop Sponsors         




Market Street Center 2821 NW Market St Suite H Seattle, WA 98107
(Next to Cloud Break Optics)



             We have secured SPECIAL HOTEL PRICING for out-of-town attendees! The Staybridge Suites is very close to the workshop venue, with convenient bus lines that run to all of Seattle's amenities. Use code IPMDT on checkout to claim your special rate. The earlier you reserve a room, the better the rates and options will be.



Three-days (18 hours) of PixInsight training by two instructors 9:00 AM-4:00 PM. $595.00 USD

    You may cancel your registration up to 30 days before the event and receive a full refund less any PayPal fees.

Workshop Agenda

This is a hands-on workshop. While you'll learn from simply observing and taking notes, we recommend that you bring a 64-bit laptop with the latest version of PixInsight installed so that you can follow along with the instructors. This Introductory-Level Course Will Focus on the Following Objectives.

Day One



'EASY AS PI' Introductions and Workshop Overview


The PixInsight Desktop Environment


BREAK (15 min)

10:30 Preprocessing Part 1
• Evaluating subframe quality with Blink
• Data reduction with BatchPreprocessing (BPP) script

• The Power of Projects


LUNCH (60 min)

1:00 Preprocessing Part 2 (Luminance)
• ScreenTransferFunction (STF)
• DynamicCrop
• Background Modelization with ABE

• Linear noise reduction with MultiscaleLinearTransform


BREAK (15 min)

2:45 Preprocessing Part 3 (Chrominance)
• Create a color image with ChannelCombination
• DynamicCrop
• Background Modelization with ABE
• Balance color with ColorCalibration

• Linear noise reduction with MultiscaleLinearTransform

3:30 One-Shot Color Considerations
  • Debayering
  • Using BatchPreprocessing script with OSC and DSLR RAW file

  • 4:00 END OF DAY ONE


    Day Two


    9:00    More Preprocessing
    • CosmeticCorrection with Auto Detect
    • StarAlignment

    • ImageIntegration


    BREAK (15 min)

    10:30 Nonlinear Processing Part 1
    • Delinearization with HistogramTransformation

    • Combining Luminance and Chrominance with LRGBCombination

    11:15 Nonlinear Processing Part 2
    • Clones and Luminance Mask basics
    • TGVDenoise

    • CurvesTransformation for color saturation, etc.


    LUNCH (60 min)

    1:00 Making and Using Masks
    • Intro to StarMask and AdvStarMask script
    • Intro to RangeSelection and GAME script

    • Combining masks (PixelMath)

    1:45 Nonlinear Processing Part 3
  • Contrast enhancement with LocalHistogramEqualization
  • SCNR

  • 2:30

    BREAK (15 min)

    2:45 Process Your Own Data I

    • Individual Coaching

    3:30 Nonlinear Processing Part 4
  • ColorSaturation
  • HDRMultiscaleTransform

  • 4:00 END OF DAY TWO


    Day Three



    Day 1 and 2 Review; Questions and Answers

    9:30 The Power of PixelMath - Demonstration
    • Blending images
    • Combining Narrowband with RGB

    • Reducing background mottling


    BREAK (15 min)

    10:30 Process Your Own Data II

    • Individual Coaching

    11:15 Useful Scripts
    • DarkStructureEnhance

    • WriteJPG


    LUNCH (60 min)

    1:00 Process Your Own Data III

    • Individual Coaching


    BREAK (15 min)

    3:00 Customizing PixInsight’s Settings
  • Global Preferences and Color Management Setup
  • Readout Options
  • Importance of Hardware Color Calibration

  • 3:45

    Wrap-up; Questions and Answers


    Download Agenda PDF Agenda PDF Download



                 Warren Keller      Dr. Ron Brecher