Starry Landscape Stacker

Developer: Ralph Hill

Current Version: 1.4.0

Last Updated: 3 months ago

Download Size: 2 MB - Download


Starry Landscape Stacker makes it possible to produce landscape photographs taken at night that have 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.


Release Notes:

- Added ability to make and use master flat-field frames.

- Better classification of light, dark and flat-field frames with fall back to manual classification.

- Better handling of pre-made masks, in particular a file saved from Starry Landscape Stacker with a mask can be used as a mask in a later invocation of Starry Landscape Stacker.

- More accurate alignment in a range of difficult cases.

- Faster alignment in general but particularly noticeable when when the time between images or total time between first and last image is large.

- Reduced memory usage during alignment.

- More thorough checking of input files for consistency and correctness.

- Better progress indication.

- Bug fixes.


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 1.0.6
Review by Adam Woodworth

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.

Found helpful by 24 out of 24 people
Version 1.3.1
Review by Jlharri

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.

Found helpful by 1 out of 2 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 1.4.0
Review by billwood12

The Best. Period. - I shoot astrolandscapes around the New Moon without light painting. Noise is always a problem. On a recent trip to Zion I did many 6 to 12 shot stacks. I tested every stacker program that had free trials. Starry Landscape Stacker does not have a free trial program. So I went to YouTube to see about it. The results shown and the ease with which they were achieved was amazing. Enough said. I purchased the app and am over the moon about it. Make sure you view the accompanying videos. Follow the directions and you will get incredible results. Masking is a breeze and incredibly accurate. I have a late 2013 iMac with 24g ram and a 12 shot stack took less than a minute to process. I like you have spent thousands on computers, cameras and lenses all to get the best possible images. Well this $34.99 is the best money I have spent in persuit of night outstanding photos. Highly recommended.

Found helpful by 2 out of 2 people
Version 1.4.0
Review by Oilfighter

Must have for night photography - I was seeking solutions to reduce noise for my Milky Way shots, and the search lead me to this application. I was amazed at how much noise was reduced by simpily taking multiple shots and stacking them. This is a must have application if you’re into Milky Way photography. The program is simple to use and gets the job done. The newer version can also load a mask created from photoshop. Since I have to create a mask in photoshop anyways, this feature saves me from having to create a mask in Starry Landscape, and it simplifies my workflow even more.

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people
Version 1.4.0
Review by midnite2a

Starry Landscape Stacker - This application is a must for anyone serious about generating high quality digital files of the night sky with stars. After a few second of capture time, files will show star movement; this motion is more apparant as the focal length increases (more zoom). One can shorten the capture time by increasing the ISO, but at some point too much ISO noise is generated. Starry Landscape Stacker eliminated the problem of blurring stars, assuming they are shot in focus, using software that stacks multiple images taken at short shutter speeds (around 10 seconds) and very high ISO (up to 12,800). WIth a little practice you create terrific star files in under a minute, assuming you have 8-10 high quality files to work with. This software is worth every penny. On top of that, support by the developer in the form of tutorials and email response to questions is first rate.

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people