Noise-Free Astrophotography with Starry Landscape Stacker

Noise-Free Astrophotography with Starry Landscape Stacker

Accessible astrophotography tools keep getting better and better. Here, I review and walkthrough of my new favorite piece of software for processing astrophotography: Starry Landscape Stacker.

In the video below, I walk through my entire process for combining multiple exposures into a single noise-free photograph of the night sky using Starry Landscape Stacker. Download Starry Landscape Stacker at the Mac App Store.

This video was shot on:
Sony a7S (B&H)
Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 (B&H)
Sony Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 (B&H)
Sirui T-025X Tripod (B&H)
Rode Video Micro (B&H)


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15 Responses

  1. Paweł Białecki August 17, 2018 / 2:13 am

    Starry Landscape Stacker is indeed an excellent piece of software! If you shoot a wide landscape Milky Way pictures, you won’t find a better software for stacking on macOS.

    Yet it does not do a really good job with a tracked, deep-sky objects’ pictures. To this task, I can recommend another app from the same author, Starry Sky Stacker. The interfaces of those two apps may look very similar, but the inside algorithms in Starry Sky Stacker are much better suited for tracked astrophotography. I use these two apps on a regular basis, and I cannot imagine my astrophotography life without them.

  2. Chris August 22, 2017 / 6:51 am

    I am a huge fan of your site, have been following it closely for 2+ years.

    Quick question, how does the starry landscape stacker work when there’s clouds in the sky?

  3. Derrick August 2, 2017 / 7:12 pm

    Ian, any thoughts in how this app works with stars and northern lights in the sky? I’m looking for a stacker to use on photos from Iceland.

  4. Stephen July 18, 2017 / 4:28 pm

    Hi Ian,

    Have you tried this process with frames from a timelapse that included motion like a pan or a slide? I would think that we might be able to use the same process but with a less precise map over the foreground.

  5. Michael July 13, 2017 / 4:48 am

    Great tutorial as always Ian.

    I really appreciate the effort you make in sharing your knowledge with amateurs like myself.

    I have now reached the stage where I would like to include people or a self-portrait in the foreground when doing a landscape stack.

    I have seen examples using Photoshop where the foreground and background are stacked separately (using different ISO/Exp/Focus) then blended together. I have tried repeatedly to do this but have failed to blend the images together.

    From what little detail I have gathered I would need to first take multiple frames of the background and stack/process them just like in your tutorials. Emphasis on bringing out the full detail of the milky way.

    Then I would take a single frame of the foreground at a lower ISO/Exposure, refocus the lens on the foreground (not the milky way background). If necessary I would use a light source to bring out more detail of the foreground and the people within frame (light painting?).

    Then blend the foreground and background together for the final image.

    Have you had any experience using this method?

    Any chance you can make a short tutorial on this method or do you suggest another method that can include human subjects in the foreground?

    Many thanks


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