So what’s better for processing images, PixInsight or Photoshop? No, this isn’t exactly another one of those opinion pieces. Google “PixInsight vs. Photoshop” and you can read for hours. The question may have been answered a million times over with a thousand slightly differing opinions, but none of them might be right for you. The super short answer is that Photoshop and PixInsight can both be used on their own, but in the best use case they compliment each other. Reading through, you’ll see that this doesn’t necessarily mean you have to add two more software licenses to the cost of the shiny new imaging rig you just bought to get started. I’ve only just now transitioned to a PixInsight and Photoshop blend after spending more than three years strictly processing all data with Deep Sky Stacker and Photoshop.
For a little background and history, I’ve been in various levels of IT organizations for very small and very large companies over the last 25 years. I’ve spent most of that time in the end user space, with a big chunk of the last quarter century spent improving user experience. So I think I’m somewhat qualified to say this: PixInsight is the worst thought out end user application ever created that maintains such a large popularity. There is absolutely nothing intuitive about it. Books – very long books – are written just on using the basic functions of the application. Thousands of hours of YouTube tutorials exist. None of the tutorials are the same, and they are quickly out of date. “But that just shows how versatile the application is”, you say. Hogwash. Versatility doesn’t have to introduce a level of complexity requiring a one-hour video tutorial or an entire chapter in a how-to book when learning a single basic function. You shouldn’t need a programmers brain, or require days of research to learn basic functionality of any application; especially not an application at this price point.
So let me tell you what I really think of PixInsight if you haven’t already guessed. It’s freaking awesome!Read more