Starry Sky Stacker reduces noise in pictures of the night sky that are captured as a sequence of exposures using an equatorial mount or some other mechanism that ensures that stars move very little either during or between exposures. Starry Sky Stacker aligns the images to compensate for errors in tracking,
assigns a quality estimate to each image, allows the user to select images based on the quality estimate, and finds the median. The resulting image has much less noise than any of the original images.
Fixed an error that would cause a failure to align under certain combinations of lens focal length, sensor physical size and sensor pixel count. Failure was very likely with a telescope and a crop frame sensor.
Added a check box at the bottom of the open panel that overrides any lens information in the EXIF data. This is useful to telescope users in two cases: you are using a smart phone or some other camera that always puts a focal length in the EXIF data with a telescope, you always use a telescope and are tired of typing "1000" into the pop-up dialog that asks for lens focal length.
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For some reason, this program doesn't let me stack darks or flats. All it says is that my photos are not the same color settings when all my photos are clearly the same sRGBs, and have not changed that setting at all since starting Astro. Not sure if it's a bug but it should be fixed, since darks and bias frames are best practices for AP.
Happy with program
Have used this on three deep sky images and have been very happy with the result. It greatly reduced the noise and improved the quality of the images, which were based on sets of 12 to 40 images. The automatic image quality rating did not work so well in the 40-image case. Some of the images that were classified as poor were not so bad and some that were classified as good were not so good. You definitely want to check the image quality manually and not just rely on the program. Its easy to manually examine the images and eliminate ones that are not good. I found that the mean worked slightly better than the median in one case.
I am new to astrophotography and just started using an Ioptron Sky Guider Pro. Took a number of photos of M42 and stacked them in this program and was amazed how much noise was reduced and details enhanced. Very simple to use.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.