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Latest images from Pluto
« on: July 06, 2015, 02:11:51 am »
As of July 3, 2015, the New Horizons is still too far away to get any decent pictures of Pluto, but they are getting a little bit better. July 4th, due to a computer glitch the spacecraft was put into safe mode. But should resume ordinary operations today. They may take only 1 picture today.

So here's what we got of tiny Pluto so far, dramatically enhanced by me, & my own special software. You won't find any better pictures of Pluto as of today at this time anywhere else yet.

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Re: Latest images from Pluto
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2015, 05:10:21 am »
Here's some more newer pictures of Pluto as the New Horizons spacecraft gets closer. Pluto & it's largest moon are very small & the probe is still millions of miles away. But every day, the view gets a little bit better.

These were enhanced to the limit, with edge detection software pushed to the max to get any detail possible from the original blurry, very tiny images (only originally less than 2 dozen pixels across).  In the last 2 images in this set, I artificially turn down the reds a bit to bring out the details & hues of less redder objects.

In the last one of the set, with the enhancements, it appears pluto is a heavily cratered object. That's about what we would expect in the solar system where there is no water, wind, & weather erosion to wear down old craters, & no volcanic or geologic activity to erase them.

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Re: Latest images from Pluto
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2015, 05:21:10 am »
Here's Pluto's moon Charon.

In the last image of this set, I turned down the reds to bring out more details & hues of less redder objects.

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Re: Latest images from Pluto
« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2015, 07:21:07 pm »
They released another image of Pluto yesterday. Just a little bit closer, it still looks heavily cratered when I enhance it. An interesting hexagon formation appears too.

In the second picture, I turn up the contrast to see more details in shapes.

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Re: Latest images from Pluto
« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2015, 07:47:03 pm »
One more just released an hour ago!

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Re: Latest images from Pluto
« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2015, 06:04:11 pm »
They released another couple of pictures of Pluto & Charon today. Once more they were so tiny or blurry, I had to extensively enhance them to get any detail. Originally I developed the enhancement software to enhance freeze-frames off old VHS tapes or digital copies of them, like people's old wedding or family videos, or rare & out of print old TV video.

Later it found it's use enhancing all those blurry, small, or faint astronomy & probe images. It also helps tremendously where stuff was airbrushed out of the image, but a faint bit of the airbrushed out image still bleeds through the airbrushing a little. I continue to upgrade/update & tweak the software with new tricks all the time.

Many of my famous Mars photos of stuff you never saw before wasn't stolen from NASA & ESA's private secret vaults, but I processed what they airbrushed out that still bled through a little, or a smaller blurrier image where the objects weren't airbrushed out because they were barely visible, were overlaid onto the airbrushed spot.

For old wedding & family, or other videos, the software works for enhancing entire full motion videos too. But because the process works frame by frame with some manual intervention to get the most out of them, a video at 24-30 frames per second can be very time consuming & expensive to process good. So I hardly ever process entire videos that way unless somebody pays me. However I have other methods to enhance full motion video that does OK. It's a bit faster & easier to process, but doesn't do as good as working on a single frame manually at a time.

For most of these images, they go through 3-4 stages of processing to get as much detail as possible. It can take 5-30 minutes to process an image this way depending on how poor the quality was of the original. The worse the quality of the original, the longer it takes to make them a little better.

Some say it would just be better to airbrush & paint on the images to make them clearer. But my intentions are to enhance the data that's already there to display them, rather than add something to the image than may not really be there.

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Re: Latest images from Pluto
« Reply #6 on: July 14, 2015, 01:51:41 pm »
They finally released another picture. The flyby was hours ago, but it takes about 9 hours at the speed of light for the signals from the probe to reach us, then who knows how long before a picture is actually sent, processed & made public.

In the first picture, is the most recent image exactly the way NASA released it.

The next ones are how they look processed by me & my homemade imaging software.

Enjoy!

 

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