StarStaX review

StarStaX is free, multi-platform star trail effect astrophotography software also useful for light painting and other blending techniques

StarStaX
(Image: © Jason Parnell-Brookes)

Digital Camera World Verdict

StarStaX is great for creating star trail astrophotographs to make several still images look like a single, long exposure. But it’s also useful for reducing image noise by compositing together dark frames, and can be used to enhance relative exposure in dark images by stacking them together. Fast and easy to use, it’s free and available on both Mac and Windows operating systems.

Pros

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    Free to download

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    Works on Mac and Windows

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    Can create great star trails

Cons

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    Controls too small on high-res screens

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    Large stacking sessions may take a while

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    Gap-filling won’t work if gaps are too big

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StarStaX is image stacking and blending software available for both Mac and Windows. It combines multiple, consecutive still photographs into one final image. 

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StarStax is free to use and available on both Mac and Windows machines. The Mac download is available in three configurations, including one for M1 Macs.

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Jase Parnell-Brookes

Jase Parnell-Brookes is an award-winning photographer, educator and writer based in the UK. They won the Gold Prize award in the Nikon Photo Contest 2018/19 and was named Digital Photographer of the Year in 2014. After completing their Masters Jase has spent a good chunk of two decades studying and working in photography and optics shooting and writing all over the world for big-name brands and media outlets. Now the Channel Editor for Cameras and Skywatching at Space.com their speciality is in low light optics and camera systems.