Photoshop: Focus stacking works only about half the time!?

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I have 5 images ( All taken on a tripod) literally the only thing changed was the focus so I could focus stack them together.  Lightroom say's there is not enough imaging matching to merge the pictures....
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There is NO focus stacking Photo Merge option in Lightroom, only Panorama and HDR and HDR Panorama.

PS.  I wish there was a photo stacking option
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In LR:
Select all stacked images
Edit in > Open as layers in PhotoShop

In PhotoShop:
- select all layers
- Auto Align 
- Auto blend

Works like a charm
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More detail on Focus Stacking in Photoshop (after selecting shots, and Edit In/Open as Layers in Photoshop)
  • Go to Photoshop, Select all layers (shift-click), go to Edit menu and select Auto-Align Layers, leave “Projection” on Auto
  • Edit menu/Auto-Blend Layers. Leave “Blend Method” on Stack. Two good choices here:
    • Seamless tones and colors
    • Content aware fill transparent areas
  • Save to pop image back into Lightroom, continue with finishing edits
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As Lightroom does not have focus stacking, I am not sure what software you are using. Photoshop perhaps?