Deep Sky Stacker Tutorial Practice Files

Here are some images of the North America Nebula you can use to practice your image stacking skills in DeepSkyStacker (DSS). DSS is a fantastic image stacking software I continue to use for many astrophotography projects today. 

The images were captured using a Canon EOS Ra camera and a Rokinon 135mm F/2 lens from a relatively dark sky site (Bortle 4). To take long-exposure images without star trailing, a star tracker (Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer) matched the night sky’s apparent movement.

If you don’t already have the latest version of DeepSKyStacker installed on your computer, you can download it here: DeepSkyStacker 5.1.5 (GitHub). If you are using an older version of the software, the tutorial should still work fine.

project files

North America Nebula Project Files (Light and Dark Frames)

You can follow along with the DeepSkyStacker tutorial video below to mimic my process and create a successful master image. Once you are comfortable with the process and settings, you can try it out on your own astrophotos. 

If you want to learn more about image stacking and what each setting does, you can also check out my premium image processing guide. I hope this video helped you better understand the stacking process and helped you continue on your astrophotography journey!

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