This is probably the best picture I've ever taken, but unfortunately, there are lots of spots of color throughout. Using color noise reduction helps a small amount, but I think I would still be unable to make a decent size print without manually using the spot removal tool on any of these. Any ideas?
I'm using Lightroom 6.0 if there's any hope that upgrading would give me tools to fix this issue.
What about going Black & White? This was done in a combination of ACR & Photoshop. I'm pretty sure that LR 6 could do what I did with ACR (I used ACR since I didn't want to import the image into one of my catalogs, that's all.) (Oh, just ignore the stuff on the right, I just did the whole screenshot to make my life easier.)
I would much prefer to keep it in color, though that's a great idea if I'm unable to make progress otherwise.
I hadn't really pinned down what I considered decent-sized, but the groups of bright pixels are very evident at less than full-screen on my 15" laptop. I guess my hope would be I could make a print at least larger than that.
These do look like "hot pixels" (another attached photo is more clear). Maybe I could hope to try to replicate the conditions as much as possible to take a dark frame to use for subtraction. This was an almost 17 minute long exposure, and so I felt that doubling that for another dark exposure was too much at the time. I probably will just deal with it next time...
I'll take a look at that tutorial as well, but it doesn't sound like there is a magic bullet for fixing this.
Here’s another tutorial, similar to the earlier one using the same technique, but more direct and to the point using a Milky Way night sky example, by the great Blake Rudis.
The same thing happened to me a few months ago. I experimented with Long Exposure Noise Reduction off in the camera to get the shoot done faster, but because I was using a camera with a smaller sensor, I got too many hot pixels. I had the luxury of returning to the same site a couple nights later and redid the shots. But after watching those two videos, I might revisit some of the images I took originally and try to fix them up with the technique shown in these videos.