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Digital Astrophotography: A Guide to Capturing the Cosmos
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Digital Astrophotography: A Guide to Capturing the Cosmos

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by Stefan Seip
 

At first glance, the challenge of astrophotography may appear daunting. But not only are spectacular results possible, they are easy to learn with the step-by-step instructions provided in Stephan Seip's Digital Astrophotography: A Guide to Capturing the Cosmos. Today, amateurs can produce images that only twenty years ago a large professional

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At first glance, the challenge of astrophotography may appear daunting. But not only are spectacular results possible, they are easy to learn with the step-by-step instructions provided in Stephan Seip's Digital Astrophotography: A Guide to Capturing the Cosmos. Today, amateurs can produce images that only twenty years ago a large professional observatory would have been proud of; and this book shows you how.

Learn how to:

  • Set up your camera for optimum results
  • Focus your camera for razor-sharp images
  • Take beautiful night shots with a simple compact digital camera, a tripod, and a telescope
  • Use a DSLR camera to shoot the Sun, Moon, stars, star clusters, and nebulae through your telescope
  • Get brilliant images of planets with a Webcam
  • Capture remote galaxies with a charge-coupled device (CCD) camera just like a pro

    Also included are lessons on the processing that is done in the "studio" after your shoot, including how to:

  • Shoot RAW format images and improve them with calibration frames
  • Take short exposures of faint deep-sky objects and combine them into a longer exposure
  • Perform brightness, contrast, and color correction
  • Make corrections to correct for vignetting and uneven field illumination
  • Process your images for stunning results

    Equipment requirements for astrophotography range from nothing but a simple camera and tripod to a multi-thousand dollar computer controlled telescope equipped with a CCD auto-guider and separate guide-scope. Researching the best equipment for your needs is a task in itself. Seip helps you to sort out which cameras are best for the various celestial objects, what to look for when buying a camera, and what accessories you really need.

    The rewards of this fascinating hobby, as the author says, "Grants you unforgettable hours under the night sky; it allows you to produce aesthetically rewarding and lasting results. Astrophotography is a love-match between physics, photography, art, and digital image processing. It is exciting!"

  • Editorial Reviews

    Library Journal

    Most amateur photographers are daunted by the challenges of photographing the night sky. But today even amateurs can produce images that only 20 years ago would have been possible only in a large professional observatory. Though Seip works professionally as a fine art photographer, his passion for astrophotography makes him an outstanding instructor in this field. Here, he explores the possibilities of beautiful night shots with a simple compact digital camera, a tripod, and a telescope. He uses a digital SLR camera to shoot the sun, moon, and stars and a webcam for planets. Highly recommended for public libraries. For a more specialized (and costly) how-to and reference text, see Michael A. Covington's Digital SLR Astrophotography.
    —Daniel Lombardo

    Product Details

    ISBN-13:
    9781933952161
    Publisher:
    Rocky Nook
    Publication date:
    12/28/2007
    Pages:
    162
    Product dimensions:
    7.96(w) x 9.98(h) x 0.38(d)

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    Digital Astrophotography: A Guide to Capturing the Cosmos 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    Book is long on equipment, but short on technique. Experienced photographers may wish to look elsewhere, but book is fine for someone just starting out.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago