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Mineral PhotographyZerene Stacker questions

11th Sep 2018 01:35 BSTDon Saathoff Expert

Hello Zerene users,

I've been using CombineZ5 for a good number of years and think the time has come to "bite the bullet" and change software. use a Nikon body on a good 'scope with a third tube. My camera is tethered to my computer through Digicamcontrol which uploads each exposure as it's made. I gather these into a folder to import into Photoshop Elements in order to resize to make stacking quicker. I then load CombineZ5 and TRY to upload the images to be stacked - herein lies my problem. There is no "select all" function so I have to highlight each image and when finished highlighting choose "open" at which point they are uploaded to CombineZ5 to be stacked. For some reason (maybe a shaky finger on the mouse?) at some point EVERY IMAGE IS COPIED!

Does Zerene have a "select all" function? How do you get your foldered images into Zerene for stacking?

Pardon my ignorance, I'm an old B&W film photographer - not computer literate.....


11th Sep 2018 01:55 BSTKevin Conroy

It's been a while since I used it, but I was able to load all the photos that I wanted in one step. There's a free version that you can try to see if you like it. Go HERE.

11th Sep 2018 02:07 BSTJeff Weissman Expert

In Zerene you just drag and drop, or use a 'stack only selected' command. I highly recommend not cropping before stacking.

11th Sep 2018 03:36 BSTHiro Inukai

I highly recommend reading the tutorial, here:

How to Use Zerene Stacker

This will give you a pretty good idea of what the user interface is like, what to expect when using it, what the settings do, and so forth. Another advantage of using Zerene is that the software developer is very active on and is extremely knowledgeable about optics.

I use Zerene Stacker for my images, and it does have a learning curve to it, but most of the time, it works very well.

11th Sep 2018 18:08 BSTDon Saathoff Expert

Thank you all for your responses!!

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