Heavenly Bodies: The Photographer's Guide to Astrophotography

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Detailing the photographic equipment and astronomical instruments needed to capture celestial images, this guide shows how astrophotography can be accessible to all photographers. Included is a detailed introduction to basic astronomy with information on mapping the sky, locating celestial bodies, and planning an expedition to photograph astronomical phenomena. Photographers learn how to determine the color sensitivity of various films and achieve the best possible exposure, how to ensure a captivating ...
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Overview


Detailing the photographic equipment and astronomical instruments needed to capture celestial images, this guide shows how astrophotography can be accessible to all photographers. Included is a detailed introduction to basic astronomy with information on mapping the sky, locating celestial bodies, and planning an expedition to photograph astronomical phenomena. Photographers learn how to determine the color sensitivity of various films and achieve the best possible exposure, how to ensure a captivating composition, and how commercially processed prints can support their artistic vision. Whether photographers wish to capture deep sky or solar system subjects, the dual focus on photography and astronomy and the helpful sidebars and charts will ensure great images, enhanced creativity, and a greater appreciation of the night sky.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584281160
  • Publisher: Amherst Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,125,266
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. A New View of the Universe 5
Sometimes the Best Light Happens at Night 9
Getting Started: Equipment 10
Tripods 11
Camera Bodies 13
Lenses 15
Accessories 17
Binoculars 18
Security and Safety 20
Chapter 2. Basic Astronomy for Photographers 22
The Moving Sky 22
Deep-Sky Objects 24
Solar System Objects 29
Finding Constellations and Celestial Objects 33
Planning Images 40
Case Study: Mt. Hood and the Leonid Meteor Shower Adventure 42
Chapter 3. Exposing the Night Sky 47
Film 47
Basic Concepts of Exposure 47
Performance Considerations in Selecting Film 49
Other Considerations in Selecting Film 50
Making the Selection 51
Exposure 51
Dealing with Sky Fog 51
Filtration 53
Processing 56
Case Study: Why Photographers Should Advocate for Dark Skies 59
Chapter 4. Shooting the Moon and Sun 60
The Moon 60
Phases of the Moon 60
Exposure Guidelines 63
Focal Length and Composition 69
Balancing the Exposure of the Moon with Other Elements 70
Moonlight Photography 74
The Sun 74
Chapter 5. The Night Sky with Camera and Tripod 81
Basic Techniques 81
Selecting Locations 83
Focusing 83
Composition 85
Star Trail Techniques 85
Fixed-Point Techniques 88
Special Subjects for Camera and Tripod 92
Planets 92
Meteors 93
Comets 101
Chapter 6. Tracking and Telescope Techniques 102
Basic Tracking 102
Building a Barn Door Tracker 104
Equatorial Mounts 107
Telescope Photography 108
Glossary 117
Index 119
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