Splendors of the Universe: A Practical Gudie to Photographing the Night Sky

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Catch a Falling Star--With a Camera Majestic clouds of cosmic gas floating in constellations ... the elegant swirl of a remote spiral galaxy ... the Milky Way's ethereal glow on a cool summer night. All of these scenes can be yours. Equipped with modern photographic films or electronic-imaging techniques, the dedicated backyard astronomer can surpass all but the very best solar picture obtained at the world's largest observatories.

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Overview

Catch a Falling Star--With a Camera Majestic clouds of cosmic gas floating in constellations ... the elegant swirl of a remote spiral galaxy ... the Milky Way's ethereal glow on a cool summer night. All of these scenes can be yours. Equipped with modern photographic films or electronic-imaging techniques, the dedicated backyard astronomer can surpass all but the very best solar picture obtained at the world's largest observatories.

Splendors of the Universe displays more than 200 celestial portraits ranging from lunar landscapes to remote galaxy clusters billions of light years away-all taken by amateur astronomers. More than a photo album, Splendors of the Universe provides information on the objects displayed as well as the details of how each picture was taken.

Astrophotography experts Terence Dickinson and Jack Newton offer a wealth of practical information and tips about techniques and equipment for both the novice and experienced photographers.

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Illustrated with over 200 absolutely gorgeous color photographs, all made by amateur astronomers, this substantial book provides detailed information on photographing the night sky. Dickinson Nightwatch, Firefly, 1989 and Newton, a noted nonprofessional astrophotographer, begin with an explanation of photographing the moon and constellations, as well as halos, sun dogs, and comets, with a camera and tripod. After opening with what amounts to a visual tour of the universe, as seen through camera and telescope, the authors then provide helpful technical information along with advice on getting the most from one's gear and materials. They conclude their book with lists of resourcesastrophotography suppliers, web sites, reference books, and magazinesas well as technical data on lenses and exposure guidelines. While night photography may not be for everyone, this detailed, practical work demonstrates that anyone who proceeds with care and precision can make exquisite photographs of the moon and the stars. Highly recommended for all libraries, especially those with solid astronomy and photography collections.Raymond Bial, Parkland Coll. Lib., Champaign, IL
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Shows backyard astronomers how to photograph all manner of celestial phenomena, and demonstrates results that can be achieved with some 200 color photos taken by amateur astronomers. Emphasis is on creating spectacular pictures that convey the splendor of the heavens. Chapters are arranged by type of equipment, covering everything from simple cameras to state-of-the-art telescopes and CCD cameras, and provide information on cameras, film, lenses, telescopes, and techniques. Oversize: 10x11.5<">. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781552091418
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 11/1/1997
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 9.83 (w) x 11.32 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Terence Dickinson is the best-selling author of Nightwatch and The Backyard Astronomer's Guide. More than one million of his previous titles are in print in three languages. He has received many national and international science awards including the New York Academy of Sciences Book of the Year Award and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific's Klumpke-Roberts Award for "excellence in communicating astronomy to the public." Previous recipients include Carl Sagan and Isaac Asimov.

Jack Newton is considered one of the world's foremost non-professional astrophotographers. His portraits of celestial objects have appeared in every leading astronomy magazine in the world.

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