Digital Astrophotography: The State of the Art

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Provides novice to accomplished amateur astronomers with a firm grounding in the basics and successful use of digital astrophotography.

Provides examples of the best images, and gives readers hints and tips about how to get the best out of this extraordinary technology.

Experts in CCD astronomy from North America and Europe have contributed to this book, illustrating their help and advice with many beautiful ...

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Overview

Provides novice to accomplished amateur astronomers with a firm grounding in the basics and successful use of digital astrophotography.

Provides examples of the best images, and gives readers hints and tips about how to get the best out of this extraordinary technology.

Experts in CCD astronomy from North America and Europe have contributed to this book, illustrating their help and advice with many beautiful colour images – the book is in full color throughout.

Techniques range from using simple webcams to highly technical aspects such as supernovae patrolling.

Computer processing, stacking and image-enhancement are detailed, along with many hints and tips from the experts.

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"This colourful book is yet another addition to the forty-strong library of ‘Patrick Moore’s Practical Astronomy Series’ produced by Springer. … it is a very interesting book and the colour illustrations are excellent and beautifully reproduced. Undoubtedly it will inspire many beginners to find out much more information about astronomical imaging." (Martin Mobberley, Astronomy Now, February, 2006)

"This compendium by S&T contributing editor David Ratledge offers a mother lode of practical information for imaging neophytes, but expert sky shooters can pick up a lot of useful tips as well. Its 11 chapters are lavishly illustrated, often in color, and they cover a wide range of techniques … . Ratledge’s ambitious goal of covering ‘the state of art’ is laudable … ." (Edwin Aguirre, Sky & Telescope, March, 2008)

"This is certainly a book to inspire. Ratledge has used many of the acknowledged experts in the field, each of whom has written a chapter on their own particular specialisation. … I can thoroughly recommend this book. Many excellent images are included and the reproduction in colour is very good. If you are new to digital imaging it will help you get started. If you are already an ‘expert’ it will inspire you to higher things … ." (Nick James, Journal of the British Astronomical Association, Vol. 116 (4), 2006)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781852337346
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
  • Publication date: 8/11/2005
  • Series: Patrick Moore's Practical Astronomy Series
  • Edition description: 2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 897,097
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

Section 1: Getting Started

Afocal Photography with Digital Cameras

An Introduction to Webcam Imaging

Long Exposure Webcams and Image Stacking Techniques

Deep-Sky Imaging with a Digital SLR

Section 2: Getting Serious

IRIS: Astronomical Image Processing Software

High-Resolution Imaging of the Planets

High-Resolution Color Imaging

Out-Smarting Light Pollution

Section 3: Advanced

The Hybrid Image – A New Astro-imaging Philosophy

Amateur Spectroscopy in the 21st Century

Successful Patrolling for Supernovae

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