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    Default Astrophoto Software (Stacking)



    Hello All, I'm pretty new to this astrophotography. I want to start learning how to stack photos for a better shot, and to enhance the sharpness. I have a program called Lynkeos which I tried a few times but am not having the success I desire. I stacked 8 moon shots and after adjusting those in the target square in the software, I hit, 'Stack'. After that, everything got larger and I lost 1/3 of the image...Tried this two or three time, same thing...Not sure what to do. Doesn't look good at all...

    Anyone else experience this?

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    Default Re: Astrophoto Software (Stacking)

    I've not used Lynkeos personally. Afraid I cannot help with that one.

    I do a lot of lunar imaging when I can. I have had excellent luck with Autostakkert!. After stacking, I take the resulting image to either Registax or ImPPG for a little wavelet sharpening and call it good.

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    Default Re: Astrophoto Software (Stacking)

    Wow, that's beautiful work...! I'm doing this from a Pentax Kr DSLR, 50mm f/1.7, once I learn how to stack and do the processing I will progress on to my Celestron 9.25 Cassegrain and Losmandy G11. I have the adapter ring for the camera to the scope.

    I'll check out this software, thanks! Don't think this is compatible with Mac X, that's what I use..

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    Default Re: Astrophoto Software (Stacking)

    Quote Originally Posted by beachbum53 View Post
    Wow, that's beautiful work...! I'm doing this from a Pentax Kr DSLR, 50mm f/1.7, once I learn how to stack and do the processing I will progress on to my Celestron 9.25 Cassegrain and Losmandy G11. I have the adapter ring for the camera to the scope.

    I'll check out this software, thanks! Don't think this is compatible with Mac X, that's what I use..
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    Yeah, not sure that stuff will work with a Mac.

    At any rate, that image is about 100 frames stacked. I typically run out a video of 1000 frames and stack the best 10%. The beauty of Autostakkert! is that it will sort the 1000 frames by quality, so I can stack a certain number or percentage. 10% usually gets me what I need. A 1000-frame video seems to be the right size to not overwhelm my laptop.

    I use the same process for planetary imaging also.

    Deep sky is a whole different animal.

    Your 9.25" SCT will be a wonderful tool for lunar and planetary imaging. With these targets, you need to throw all the focal length at them that you can.
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    Default Re: Astrophoto Software (Stacking)

    I do 100% of my work on a Mac. For stacking of images, I use either Nebulosity 4, which is available for Mac and PC or I use DSS or the programs Bryan mentioned above on Windows 10 within a virtual PC.
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