Photoshop: Support for FITS files

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New subscriber to PS CC here. I take multiple exposures of the night sky and stack them in software to make dim, Deep Sky Objects (DSOs) like nebulae and galaxies visible. This method is very popular among astrophotographers. The format of choice both for acquisition and stacking appears to be FITS files. I was surprised to find I can't open FITS  in PS. I have to convert my FITS files into something PS opens natively. I know of 2 old standalone freeware packages which can open and convert FITS but I wondered if anyone knew of a way to do it from within PS. If not is there any chance that this function could be added in the future. Most, if not all, astroimagers use PS in their workflow so I would have thought there would be demand.
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john b

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Michael J. Narlock

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I use the FITS Liberator which you can download here: https://www.spacetelescope.org/projects/fits_liberator/download_v23/
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Nice. Looks like they have a file format plug-in.
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I believe the plugin is 32 bit only. They have since released a standalone application to use on 64 bit operating systems.

https://www.spacetelescope.org/announcements/ann1013/

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john b

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Thanks for that. FITS Liberator is one of the packages I'm already aware of. The most recent version is 2010 I believe and it's standalone. It really would be a step forward if PS was able to open FITS natively.