Starry Landscape Stacker
Developer: Ralph Hill
Current Version: 1.5.0
Last Updated: 13 days ago
Download Size: 4.7 MB - Download
Starry Landscape Stacker makes it possible to produce landscape photographs taken at night that have both low noise and stars rendered as points. It does this by compositing several images taken in rapid succession, shifting the sky as needed to align the stars. A free trial version is available on the developer's website.
- If you have an image where you like the way the stars are lined up with things on the ground you can select this image to be the one that the others are aligned with.
- Four different compositions are computed and can be saved. This makes it easier to include satellites and meteors in a final image created with an image editing tool.
- There is a check box at the bottom of the open panel to force classification table to be displayed.
- In the classification table, clicking on a column heading now changes the classification of each image that can be change to that classification.
- Improved efficiency of memory usage--typically more than a 50% reduction in peak memory usage.
- Performance improvements--typically more than 2x faster alignment than SLS 1.4.5.
- Huge improvement in redraw performance resulting in much faster scrolling, zooming, painting, erasing and adjustment of viewing parameters.
- The alignment algorithm is much more tolerant of widely varying sensor and lens characteristics.
- Other minor improvements and bug fixes.
Most Helpful Reviews
Amazing tool! - This program is excellent! It is easy to use and makes stacking, aligning, and blending multiple star shots a breeze. The result is far less noise and pinpoint stars if you take short exposures of the sky. I use a Nikon D800E and if I take 10 exposures each at ISO 6400, f/2.8, 14mm, for 10 seconds each, the result is pinpoint stars and much lower noise then I would have seen with a single ISO 3200 exposure of 25 or 30 seconds. This program respects your input images’ color space and bit depth, so you can import 16-bit TIFFs in the ProPhoto RGB color space and the result will be a 16-bit TIFF in ProPhoto RGB.
Once it finished… - Once the program finished stacking 3 tif files (5568x3712) — took almost 45 minutes — the results were very poor. Its automatic detection of stars was incomplete (roughly 66%) and depended on manual identification for completeness. Hand-identifying dozens of stars might be worth the effort if the results were decent. There was odd blotchy block-shaped regions in the sky. The result was unusable and provided no value-add other than doing post-processing in Lightroom. Bottom line: save your money.