How to Do Milky Way Exposure Stacking When Auto-Alignment Fails in Photoshop

Photoshop’s automated alignment tools are quite impressive; however, they aren’t perfect. When auto-alignment fails to work the way you need it to, sometimes it just means you have to do the work yourself.

In this video from Ian Norman, he walks us through the process of processing Milky Way astrophotography images by manually aligning them in Photoshop in order to reduce noise and bring out more detail in the images.

If you are looking to improve your astrophotography images, Ian’s videos are worth a watch. Even if you are doing other types of image stacking, you can probably learn a thing or two from Ian’s workflow.


Nikon D810 for Astrophotography Coming This Week?

Nikon D810

New rumors suggest that Nikon will announce a special version of the D810 for astrophotography in the next couple of days.

If this turns out to be true, expect a similar setup to Canon’s 60Da, which features a modified infrared filter and a low-noise sensor with heightened hydrogen-alpha sensitivity and allows the camera to better capture red hydrogen emission nebulae and other cosmic phenomena.

[vai Nikon Rumors]

Astrophotography – New Book


Astrophotography is a new book from astrophotographer Thierry Legault.

In the book, “world-renowned astrophotographer Thierry Legault teaches the art and techniques of astrophotography: from simple camera-on-tripod night-scene imaging of constellations, star trails, eclipses, artificial satellites, and polar auroras to more intensive astrophotography using specialized equipment for lunar, planetary, solar, and deep-sky imaging. Legault shares advice on equipment and guides you through techniques to capture and process your images to achieve spectacular results.

This book provides the most thorough treatment of the topic available. This large-format, richly illustrated book is intended for all sky enthusiasts—newcomers and veterans alike.”

Astrophotography retails for $39.95; however, it is currently available for $24.84 on

It is also available for $17.99 as a Kindle book.