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    ianrobinson
    ianrobinson e2 Member 41107 forum postsianrobinson vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
    23 Apr 2013 - 5:57 PM

    Hi all, on the scrounge again for valuable info Wink.

    Does anyone stack there images for star trails if so what do you use for the software to stack.
    What i am after is a good stacking software that will handle raw and plug into CS5 if possible, so any Ideas guys?

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    arhb
    arhb e2 Member 72194 forum postsarhb vcard United Kingdom67 Constructive Critique Points
    23 Apr 2013 - 6:08 PM

    I used Helicon Focus a couple of years back -
    I think it was after someone on here recommended it.

    saltireblue
    saltireblue Site Moderator 43821 forum postssaltireblue vcard Norway23 Constructive Critique Points
    23 Apr 2013 - 6:09 PM

    Not sure about star trails specifically, but Ade_Osman is an expert on stacking insect images. Not sure if the same software works for both uses...

    Malc

    Last Modified By saltireblue at 23 Apr 2013 - 6:10 PM
    GarethRobinson
    GarethRobinson e2 Member 8973 forum postsGarethRobinson vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
    23 Apr 2013 - 6:14 PM

    Registar and not so cheap http://www.aurigaimaging.com/ have a look see if it does what is needed.

    Last Modified By GarethRobinson at 23 Apr 2013 - 6:20 PM
    llareggub
    llareggub  4678 forum posts United Kingdom
    23 Apr 2013 - 6:22 PM

    I keep looking at this with intention to give it a go but never get round to it... But it is free http://startrails.de/ Smile

    sut68
    sut68  101994 forum posts England76 Constructive Critique Points
    23 Apr 2013 - 6:59 PM

    Can you not do this in PhotoShop but set each layer to 'Lighten'? Just asking Grin

    ArtyArt
    ArtyArt e2 Member 3211 forum postsArtyArt vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
    23 Apr 2013 - 7:31 PM

    Two of my images have been done in Photoshop (TAG Time and Tommy Time) In Photoshop I used Auto-Align Layers first and then Auto-Blend Layers after selecting Stack Images. I don't know that this method would be OK for star trails but it's worth a try.

    Ian

    ianrobinson
    ianrobinson e2 Member 41107 forum postsianrobinson vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
    23 Apr 2013 - 11:39 PM


    Quote: Can you not do this in PhotoShop but set each layer to 'Lighten'? Just asking

    Not sure Sut, would be nice however I can't be doing with complications lol, I have downloaded Zerene and used that so far but it is not a plug in for cs5 but it will do for now until someone comes up with something different or better, I am aware of a plug in but it seem complicated to use, its called stack-a-matics, not sure where to buy or how you successfully download and install this.

    Ade_Osman
    Ade_Osman e2 Member 114493 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
    24 Apr 2013 - 9:44 AM

    Not quite sure how well it would work for star trails and such like, but my personal favourite for insects after trying most stacking programs is Zerene Stacker which can handle 100+ frames with ease providing you have plenty of RAM in your machine, 16 GB in my case Smile It however will run with as little as 2GB of RAM, but the processing times will be quite slow.

    I have a mate who does a lot of Star Trail stacking work and he swears by software made by http://www.tawbaware.com/imgstack.htm This site has software both for stacking and more specifically for creating trails, but I can't comment on it's use as it's not really something I'm into.

    Very few programs will handle RAW files, just too much number crunching I think, I always convert individual images to Tifs first and then work from there.

    Last Modified By Ade_Osman at 24 Apr 2013 - 9:53 AM
    Ade_Osman
    Ade_Osman e2 Member 114493 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
    24 Apr 2013 - 10:00 AM

    Just came across this recent thread which might a little more relevance to what you're after. http://www.ephotozine.com/forums/topic/noise-control-in-star-photography-102953 Smile

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