FITS for Fun – Create Spectacular Pictures in Minutes
With the release of version 2 of the ESA/ESO/NASA Photoshop FITS Liberator image processing software, it's now even easier and faster to create stunning color pictures from the raw data taken by observatories such as NASA's Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescopes and ESA's XMM-Newton.
With the release of version 2 of the FITS Liberator, it has become even easier to create stunning images. You can literally create colorful astronomical pictures like the iconic Hubble image "Eagle Nebula, Pillars of Creation," seen here, in a matter of minutes.
The advantages of using FITS Liberator over previous image processing tools are indicated in the right-hand image:
1. some added detail in the shadows
2. increased gamut (color space, more nuances)
3. slightly better noise characteristics, and
4. easier access to advanced cosmetic cleaning tools indicated by the removed ghosts.