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Inexpensive webcams are revolutionizing imaging in amateur astronomy by providing an affordable alternative to cooled-chip astronomical CCD cameras, for photographing the brighter astronomical objects.
Webcams – costing only a few tens of dollars – are capable of more advanced high resolution work than "normal" digital cameras because their rapid image download speed can freeze fine planetary details, even through the Earth's turbulent atmosphere. Also, their simple construction makes it easy to remove the lens, allowing them to be used at high power at the projected focus of an astronomical telescope. Webcams also connect direct to a PC, so that software can be used to "stack" multiple images, providing a stunning increase in image quality.
In the Lunar and Planetary Webcam User’s Guide Martin Mobberley 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. He looks at each observing target separately, describing and explaining all specialised techniques in context.
Glance through the images in this book to see just how much you can – easily – achieve by using a webcam with your telescope!
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!)