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Hi all, on the scrounge again for valuable info .
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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I used Helicon Focus a couple of years back -
I think it was after someone on here recommended it.
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...
Registar and not so cheap http://www.aurigaimaging.com/ have a look see if it does what is needed.
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/
Can you not do this in PhotoShop but set each layer to 'Lighten'? Just asking
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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