Lunar and Planetary Webcam User's Guide

Lunar and Planetary Webcam User's Guide

by Martin Mobberley


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This book de-mystifies the jargon of webcams and computer processing, and provides detailed hints and tips for imaging the Sun, Moon and planets with a webcam. It demonstrates how inexpensive tools are revolutionizing imaging in amateur astronomy. Anyone with a modest telescope and a webcam can now obtain jaw-dropping lunar and planetary images to rival those taken with mid-range astronomical CCD cameras costing thousands of dollars. A glance through the images in this book shows just what spectacular results can be achieved by using a webcam with your telescope! Your scientific results will be sought by professional astronomers.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781846281976
Publisher: Springer London
Publication date: 05/18/2006
Series: The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series
Edition description: 2006
Pages: 230
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.02(d)

Table of Contents

Webcam Technology
The Solar System – a brief guide
High-resolution basics – Telescope choices and Collimation
The World’s leading amateur planetary imagers and their results
Webcam choices – Webcams on the market from cheap to expensive
Video cameras – an alternative for brighter objects
A beginner’s guide to using a webcam and Registax/K3 CCD Tools software
Understanding Colour: RGB, LRGB, noise and dynamic range
Imaging the Moon – Lunar Techniques plus a concise guide to some of the best lunar features taken with webcams. Webcam Imaging
Imaging Mercury & Venus (emphasis on UV & IR Venus work)
Imaging Mars (includes the planet’s characteristics, dust storms and using filters)
Imaging Jupiter (as well as imaging techniques…lots of information about its weather patterns etc and recent spots, storms, shadow transits etc…etc…..)
Imaging Saturn (plus Saturn’s Great White Spots etc…edge-on ring appearances…)
Imaging Uranus & Neptune (the CCD/webcam era now makes this possible!!)
Imaging the Sun (the usual cautionary advice….)
Visual techniques (in case the reader still wants to look though the eyepiece!)

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