2nd Edition

The Astrophotography Manual A Practical and Scientific Approach to Deep Sky Imaging

By Chris Woodhouse Copyright 2017
    432 Pages 550 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    432 Pages 550 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Astrophotography Manual, Second Edition is for photographers ready to move beyond standard SLR cameras and editing software to create beautiful images of nebulas, galaxies, clusters, and the stars. Beginning with a brief astronomy primer, this book takes readers through the full astrophotography process, from choosing and using equipment to image capture, calibration, and processing. This combination of technical background and hands-on approach brings the science down to earth, with practical methods to ensure success.

    This second edition now includes:

    • Over 170 pages of new content within 22 new chapters, with 600 full-color illustrations.
    • Covers a wide range of hardware, including mobile devices, remote control and new technologies.
    • Further insights into leading software, including automation, Sequence Generator Pro and PixInsight
    • Ground-breaking practical chapters on hardware and software as well as alternative astrophotography pursuits

    Part I. Astronomy Primer

    1. The Diverse Universe of Astrophotography

    2. Space

    3. Catalogs

    4. Four Dimensions and Counting

    5. Limits of Perception

    Part II. Choosing Equipment

    6. The Ingredients of Success

    7. New Tools

    8. General Equipment

    9. Imaging Equipment

    10. A Portable System

    Part III. Setting Up

    11. Hardware Setup

    12. Software Setup

    13. Wireless/Remote Operation

    Part IV. Image Capture

    14. Sensors and Exposure

    15. Focusing

    16. Autoguiding and Tracking

    17. Pointing and Tracking Models

    18. Sequencing, Automation and Scripting

    19. Mosaics

    Part V. Image Calibration and Processing

    20. Post Exposure

    21. Getting Started in PixInsight

    22. Image Calibration and Stacking

    23. Linear Image Processing

    24. Non-linear Image Processing

    Part VI. Pix Insights

    25. Pre-Processing

    26. Seeing Stars

    27. Noise Reduction and Sharpening

    28. Image Stretching

    29. Color Filter Array (CFA) Processing

    30. Narrowband Image Processing

    Part VII. First Light Assignments

    31. Practical Examples

    32. M3 (Globular Cluster)

    33. M51a/b (Whirlpool Galaxy)

    34. M45 (Pleiades Open Cluster)

    35. C27 (Crescent Nebula) in Narrowband

    36. M31 (Andromeda Galaxy)

    37. IC 1805 (Heart Nebula) in False Color

    38. Comet C/2014 Q2

    39. M27 (Dumbbell Nebula)

    40. M3 (Globular Cluster) revisited

    41. 3-D Image Processing

    42. Vacation Image

    43. Horsehead and Flame Nebula

    44. Wide-field Mosaic

    45. Exoplanet


    A. Diagnostics and Problem Solving

    B. Summer Projects

    C. Automatic Observatory Control

    D. Collimating a Ritchey Chrétien Telescope

    E. Templates

    F. Bibliography and Resources


    Chris Woodhouse was born in England, and during his teenage years was a keen amateur photographer. After receiving an M.Eng. in Electronics at Bath University, he designed communication and optical gauging equipment before joining an automotive company. His traditional monochrome photography earned him an Associateship distinction from the Royal Photographic Society. After the publication of the first edition of The Astrophotography Manual and astronomy-related activities, he was accepted as a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society. He has pursued his passion for all forms of photography over the last 35 years and additionally invented and patented several unique darkroom timers and meters, which are sold throughout the world. He quickly found the technical challenges of astrophotography responded well to methodical and scientific methods, and together with his traditional photographic experience, he produces beautiful and fascinating images.