- Describes how people can take "Hubble class" deep-sky images from the back garden
- Explains how to process digital astronomical images
- Shows how to put together an astronomical imaging system using commercial equipment for deep-sky photography
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- About this book
Amateur astronomers, using commercially available equipment, have taken some beautiful and awe-inspiring color photographs of deep-sky objects. But how?
Professor Greg Parker's astronomical photographs are widely known for their excellence, and a selection of them has recently been shown as a public exhibition in the UK. In Making Beautiful Deep-Sky Images, he provides a detailed account of how spectacular deep-sky images can be taken by amateur astronomers using CCD cameras, and how they can subsequently be processed and enhanced in the "electronic darkroom" for maximum beauty and impact.
You don't even have to own a big telescope. A range of telescopes and equipment is considered in detail, from Greg's 11-inch SCT down to lower-cost instruments.
Quite simply, this is a "how to do it" book for people who want to make stunning astronomical pictures.
- About the authors
Professor Greg Parker is Head of the Nanoscale Systems Integration Group at Southampton University in Southern England. His deep sky astronomical images have been published in Astronomy Now and Sky at Night magazines. He is the author of Introductory Semiconductor Device Physics (IOP, ISBN 0750310219), and has written many scientific papers and articles, mostly in the area of photonics and optoelectronics, as well as a chapter (Guided-wave Optical Communications: Materials) in Elsevier’s Encyclopaedia of Materials: Science & Technology.
From the reviews:
"This is not a guide to deep sky imaging in general, but more a journey of one man’s embarkation into this exciting topic. … What I found most impressive was that the topics are kept simple and to the point. … I believe this book has a wealth of information for anybody who wishes to pursue astrophotography as a hobby … . Would I recommend it? Well the simple answer is yes, there is a lot of inspiration to be gained and put into practice." (Ed Sampson, Astronomy Now, June, 2008)
"Parker’s book is comprised of fourteen chapters spanning 155 pages and two appendices which make up a further six pages. … provides a list of 14 books which give a broad perspective on astronomy and can open doors to the newcomer with general information on astronomy as well as potential targets. … the book provides a good introduction to astrophotography that would be ideally suited to someone contemplating this addictive aspect of amateur astronomy." (Anthony Ayiomamitis, The Observatory, Vol. 128 (1205), August, 2008)
- Table of contents (14 chapters)
How did I start?
The Beginning – and a Serious Health~Warning!
Assembling your Imaging System
Computational Considerations – Data Acquisition and Image Processing
A Permanent Setup
Table of contents (14 chapters)
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- Book Title
- Making Beautiful Deep-Sky Images
- Book Subtitle
- Astrophotography with Affordable Equipment and Software
- Greg Parker
- Series Title
- The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series
- Springer-Verlag New York
- Copyright Holder
- Springer-Verlag New York
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- XIII, 177