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The Astrophotography Manual

A Practical and Scientific Approach to Deep Space Imaging

By Chris Woodhouse

© 2016 – Focal Press

288 pages

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Description

The Astrophotography Manual is for those photographers who aspire to move beyond using standard SLR cameras and editing software, and who are ready to create beautiful images of nebulas, galaxies, clusters, and the solar system. Beginning with a brief astronomy primer, this book takes readers through the full astrophotography process, from choosing and using equipment through image capture, calibration, and processing. This combination of technical background information and the hands-on approach brings the science down to earth with a practical method to plan for success. Features include:

  • Over 400 images, graphs, and tables to illustrate these concepts
  • A wide range of hardware to be used, including smartphones, tablets, and the latest mount technologies
  • How to utilize a variety of leading software such as Maxim DL, Nebulosity, Sequence Generator Pro, Photoshop, and PixInsight
  • Case studies showing how and when to use certain tools and overcoming technical challenges
  • How sensor performance and light pollution relate to image quality and exposure planning

Reviews

"If your ambitions are in this direction and you are enthused to put the work in, this is a book that would save its cover price simply by preventing the newcomer from making basic purchasing mistakes." - Professional Imagemaker

"[I]f you're super keen, scientifically inclined and dedicated, Woodhouse's detailed guide will show you everything you need to know, and quite possibly a bit more." - Professional Photography

Table of Contents

1. Astronomy Primer. The Diverse Universe of Astrophotography. Space. Catalogues. Four Dimensions and Counting. Limits of Perception. 2. Choosing Equipment. The Ingredients of Success. General Equipment. Imaging Equipment. 3. Setting Up. Telescope Mounts. Telescopes. Still Cameras. Video Cameras. Astronomy and Imaging Software. Ignition. 3. Image Processing and Enhancement. Introduction to Image Processing. Calibration. Image Processing. Image Enhancement. 4. First Light Workshops. Capture Principals. M13 Globular Cluster. M31 Andromeda Galaxy. M45 Pleiades. Rosette Nebula. M51 Whirlpool Galaxy. M42 Orion Nebula in False Colour. Jupiter. Moon Mosaic. Summer Projects. 5. Chapter of Errors. Diagnostics. 6. Appendices. Templates. Resources. Glossary. Index

About the Author

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. As a member of the Royal Photographic Society, he gained an Associate distinction in 2002. During the last thirty years, he has pursued his passion for all forms of photography, mostly in monochrome. This, coupled with his design experience, led him to invent and patent several unique darkroom timers and meters, which are sold throughout the world. After the success of his first book, Way Beyond Monochrome, he turned his attention to digital monochrome and astrophotography. He quickly found the technical challenges of astrophotography responded well to methodical and scientific methods; together with his photographic eye and experience, he produces beautiful and fascinating images.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COM087030
COMPUTERS / Digital Media / Photography (see also PHOTOGRAPHY / Techniques / Digital)
PHO024000
PHOTOGRAPHY / Techniques / Digital (see also COMPUTERS / Digital Media / Photography)