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The best software to use for stacking images


ianrobinson e2
5 1.2k 8 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2013 5:57PM
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 e2
7 2.5k 68 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2013 6:08PM
I used Helicon Focus a couple of years back -
I think it was after someone on here recommended it.
saltireblue e2
4 4.3k 26 Norway
23 Apr 2013 6:09PM
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
23 Apr 2013 6:14PM
Registar and not so cheap http://www.aurigaimaging.com/ have a look see if it does what is needed.
llareggub e2
4 758 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2013 6:22PM
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 e2
11 2.0k 76 England
23 Apr 2013 6:59PM
Can you not do this in PhotoShop but set each layer to 'Lighten'? Just asking Grin
ArtyArt e2
3 256 2 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2013 7:31PM
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 e2
5 1.2k 8 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2013 11:39PM

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 e2
11 4.5k 36 England
24 Apr 2013 9:44AM
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.
Ade_Osman e2
11 4.5k 36 England
24 Apr 2013 10:00AM
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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