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This book is the successor to David Ratledge’s much-acclaimed The Art and Science of CCD Astronomy.
CCD cameras and their associated technologies have continued to make great strides since the original book was first published almost eight years ago, particularly in the universal availability of color cameras and in the dramatically lower cost of equipment.
Digital Astrophotography: The State of the Art provides examples of the latest and best images, and describes how to get the best out of this extraordinary technology.
Experts in CCD astronomy from North America and Europe have contributed, illustrating their help and advice with many beautiful color images. The techniques explained here range from the use of inexpensive webcams, through to highly technical aspects such as supernovae patrolling. Computer processing, stacking and image-enhancement are also detailed, along with many hints and tips from the experts.
Preface Introduction Section 1: Getting Started Afocal Photography with Digital Cameras An Introduction to Webcam Imaging Long Exposure Webcams and Image Stacking Techniques Deep-Sky Imaging with a Digital SLR Section 2: Getting Serious IRIS: Astronomical Image Processing Software High-Resolution Imaging of the Planets High-Resolution Color Imaging Out-Smarting Light Pollution Section 3: Advanced The Hybrid Image – A New Astro-imaging Philosophy Amateur Spectroscopy in the 21st Century Successful Patrolling for Supernovae