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RegiStax is image processing software for amateur astrophotographers, released as freeware, designed to run under Windows, but which also runs on Linux, under wine. Its purpose is to produce enhanced images of astronomic observations through combining consecutive photographs (an image "stack") of the same scene that were taken over a short period of time. The process relies on the subject (e.g. a planet) being unchanged between photographs, so that any differences can be assumed to be random noise or atmospheric interference. The stack of images can be in the form of individual consecutive shots or from frames of a movie camera trained on the scene. (Source - Wikipedia)
DeepSkyStacker is a freeware for astrophotographers that simplifies all the pre- processing steps of deep sky pictures. Registering Stacking Simple post-stacking processes to quickly view the final result. Saving the resulting image to a TIFF or FITS file (16 or 32 bit) After a shooting night you give all your pictures (light frames, darks frames, offset/bias frames, flat frames) to DeepSkyStacker and you go to bed. The next morning (or is it afternoon?) you can see the result and start post-processing. If you can't wait, DeepSkyStacker Live is also available to watch the result of an ongoing imaging session being created as the images are downloaded from the CCD or DSLR.
Stacking Software
RegiStar is an image alignment, or registration, program that was designed to work specifically with astronomical images. RegiStar finds the stars in an image, and uses their positions to align this image to another image or group of images. RegiStar uses a sophisticated matching algorithm that allows images at different scales and orientations to be registered. RegiStar automatically corrects for geometric distortions including reflections, so it works on images taken with different optical systems. Also, it works on image pairs that have only a small overlap. RegiStar accurately registers most images that have at least a 1% overlap and at least 10 stars in common, even if they contain a large amount of noise such as hot pixels. RegiStar requires no user input to complete a registration, other than the specification of the images. The matching and alignment are performed automatically without the input of any matching points or parameters. RegiStar includes the capability of processing several images at once, in a batch. An entire directory of images can be registered using a single command, and several other commands can also handle multiple images. RegiStar also includes some tools to assemble and manipulate images after they have been registered. These tools were designed specifically to automate tasks commonly done by digital astrophotographers, such as forming mosaics, forming tricolor images, and stacking exposures. TIFF, JPEG, and FITS images are supported. RegiStar supports 8- and 16-bit depth internally, but will read higher depth FITS images. RegiStar is not an image-editing program. It is designed to register and assemble images, and, except for the ability to calibrate one image to another, does not have any commands for adjusting brightness or contrast, removing flaws, or otherwise editing images. It is assumed that RegiStar will be used in conjunction with another program that has these capabilities. RegiStar is designed so that other programs can easily be used together with it.
AutoStakkert! is all about alignment and stacking of image sequences, minimizing the influence of atmospheric distortions (seeing). Its goal is to create high quality images of the Planets, the Sun, and the Moon, without too much hassle. A small and incomplete list of the features: Support for TIFF, FIT, BMP, AVI (uncompressed) and SER files (thanks to Heiko Wilkens). MOV files and other compressed files are also supported when FFmpeg executable is available to AS!. In principle there are no file size limitations. Monochrome and color recordings (both raw bayer, and RGB). Very fast processing due to multicore support and advanced image buffering techniques. Multiple Alignment Points (MAP) results in accurate alignment especially for wider field images (Sun/Moon), but even planetary targets such as Jupiter benefit significantly from MAP. Frame viewer to quickly scan through all the frames (sorted by quality) Sophisticated MAP analysis and recombination to ensure sharp stacking results. Yes, I like to throw in some fancy words, but it actually works… Automated frame rejection techniques to remove poor quality and incomplete frames. Batch processing. And much much more…!
Post Processing Software
Software This page has a few examples of both stacking software and post-processing software. I have taken descriptions from their respective web pages and if you click on the logos you will be taken to their websites. There are mixtures of free and paid for examples but I believe that the paid for software makers offer free trials so that you can try them out. Don’t think that because it is free it is not going to be any good. DeepSkyStacker, Registax & Gimp2 are all free and they are excellent at what they do. The only software I have paid for is BackYardEOS to capture and control my camera, but for stacking and processing I use free software.
Image Capture & Camera Control Software
BackyardEOS/Nikon is software tailor made to control your Canon/Nikon DSLR camera. It is purposely built with astro-photography in mind. This highly acclaimed software is in use all around the world by thousands of users. Its intuitive user interface caters to the amateur and seasoned astronomers alike. Program your image capture plan and walk away. BackyardEOS/Nikon will control your Canon/Nikon DSLR camera and deep sky long exposure images all night long. Built by astrophotographers for astrophotographers. BackyardEOS/Nikon is Windows only software! BackyardEOS/Nikon is downloadable software only!
RegiStax is image processing software for amateur astrophotographers, released as freeware, designed to run under Windows, but which also runs on Linux, under wine. Its purpose is to produce enhanced images of astronomic observations through combining consecutive photographs (an image "stack") of the same scene that were taken over a short period of time. The process relies on the subject (e.g. a planet) being unchanged between photographs, so that any differences can be assumed to be random noise or atmospheric interference. The stack of images can be in the form of individual consecutive shots or from frames of a movie camera trained on the scene. (Source - Wikipedia)
DeepSkyStacker is a freeware for astrophotographers that simplifies all the pre-processing steps of deep sky pictures. Registering Stacking Simple post-stacking processes to quickly view the final result. Saving the resulting image to a TIFF or FITS file (16 or 32 bit) After a shooting night you give all your pictures (light frames, darks frames, offset/bias frames, flat frames) to DeepSkyStacker and you go to bed. The next morning (or is it afternoon?) you can see the result and start post-processing. If you can't wait, DeepSkyStacker Live is also available to watch the result of an ongoing imaging session being created as the images are downloaded from the CCD or DSLR.
Stacking Software
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RegiStar is an image alignment, or registration, program that was designed to work specifically with astronomical images. RegiStar finds the stars in an image, and uses their positions to align this image to another image or group of images. RegiStar uses a sophisticated matching algorithm that allows images at different scales and orientations to be registered. RegiStar automatically corrects for geometric distortions including reflections, so it works on images taken with different optical systems. Also, it works on image pairs that have only a small overlap. RegiStar accurately registers most images that have at least a 1% overlap and at least 10 stars in common, even if they contain a large amount of noise such as hot pixels. RegiStar requires no user input to complete a registration, other than the specification of the images. The matching and alignment are performed automatically without the input of any matching points or parameters. RegiStar includes the capability of processing several images at once, in a batch. An entire directory of images can be registered using a single command, and several other commands can also handle multiple images. RegiStar also includes some tools to assemble and manipulate images after they have been registered. These tools were designed specifically to automate tasks commonly done by digital astrophotographers, such as forming mosaics, forming tricolor images, and stacking exposures. TIFF, JPEG, and FITS images are supported. RegiStar supports 8- and 16-bit depth internally, but will read higher depth FITS images. RegiStar is not an image-editing program. It is designed to register and assemble images, and, except for the ability to calibrate one image to another, does not have any commands for adjusting brightness or contrast, removing flaws, or otherwise editing images. It is assumed that RegiStar will be used in conjunction with another program that has these capabilities. RegiStar is designed so that other programs can easily be used together with it.
AutoStakkert! is all about alignment and stacking of image sequences, minimizing the influence of atmospheric distortions (seeing). Its goal is to create high quality images of the Planets, the Sun, and the Moon, without too much hassle. A small and incomplete list of the features: Support for TIFF, FIT, BMP, AVI (uncompressed) and SER files (thanks to Heiko Wilkens). MOV files and other compressed files are also supported when FFmpeg executable is available to AS!. In principle there are no file size limitations. Monochrome and color recordings (both raw bayer, and RGB). Very fast processing due to multicore support and advanced image buffering techniques. Multiple Alignment Points (MAP) results in accurate alignment especially for wider field images (Sun/Moon), but even planetary targets such as Jupiter benefit significantly from MAP. Frame viewer to quickly scan through all the frames (sorted by quality) Sophisticated MAP analysis and recombination to ensure sharp stacking results. Yes, I like to throw in some fancy words, but it actually works… Automated frame rejection techniques to remove poor quality and incomplete frames. Batch processing. And much much more…!
Post Processing Software
Image Capture & Camera Control Software
BackyardEOS/Nikon is software tailor made to control your Canon/Nikon DSLR camera. It is purposely built with astro- photography in mind. This highly acclaimed software is in use all around the world by thousands of users. Its intuitive user interface caters to the amateur and seasoned astronomers alike. Program your image capture plan and walk away. BackyardEOS/Nikon will control your Canon/Nikon DSLR camera and deep sky long exposure images all night long. Built by astrophotographers for astrophotographers. BackyardEOS/Nikon is Windows only software! BackyardEOS/Nikon is downloadable software only!
Software
This page has a few examples of both stacking software and post-processing software. I have taken descriptions from their respective web pages and if you click on the logos you will be taken to their websites. There are mixtures of free and paid for examples but I believe that the paid for software makers offer free trials so that you can try them out. Don’t think that because it is free it is not going to be any good. DeepSkyStacker, Registax & Gimp2 are all free and they are excellent at what they do. The only software I have paid for is BackYardEOS to capture and control my camera, but for stacking and processing I use free software.