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Color camera capture format question

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Hello,

I have ZWO CCD ASI533MC Pro. In INDI, it has 4 capture formats available: Raw 8-bit, Raw 16-bit, RGB 24, and Luma.

For almost a year, I was capturing using Raw 16-bit, and it produced a 16-bit single channel (not RGB image), but somehow, when I process using WBPP in PixInsight I get the final image as RGB and it is a very beautiful one. Although I was very satisfied with the results, capturing grayscale single-channel 16-bit to produce RGB was bothering me, so last night I tried to capture everything in RGB 24-bit format. The file is bigger (understandable), but the image has less quality even when shown in KStars viewer. I have attached sample images



My questions are:
1. Can someone explain how KSTARS views grayscale 16-bit as a color image?
2. What is the best practice format to follow with MC Pro cameras?


Thank you in advance...
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Mohamed

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It's not grayscale, it's a bayered image that has color information inside it in bayer format. 16bit bayered image would high more dynamic range than 24bit RGB image, since each channel only support 8 bit or 256 shades so the dynamic range is much lower.
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Thank you Jassem for your response. It makes sense now. Also, I was reading about that after I did my post. I think this is called 16-bit High-Color images as described below...
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_color
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