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Astrophotography for the Amateur

Astrophotography for the Amateur

2nd Edition

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  • Date Published: June 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521627405

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  • With this extraordinary handbook, you, too, can frame the stars and have them hanging on your livingroom walls. Astrophotography for the Amateur provides a complete guide to taking pictures of stars, galaxies, the Moon, the Sun, comets, meteors and eclipses, using equipment and materials readily available to the hobbyist. Based on suggestions from readers of the first edition, the new edition has been completely updated and expanded to include new chapters on computer image processing and CCD imaging; expanded advice on choosing cameras and telescopes; completely updated information about films; a much larger bibliography; and hundreds of new photographs (in color and black and white) demonstrating the latest equipment and techniques. Astrophotography for the Amateur has become the standard handbook for all amateur astronomers. This new edition provides an ideal introduction for beginners and a complete handbook for advanced amateurs. It will also appeal to photography enthusiasts who will discover how to take spectacular images with only modest equipment. Michael A. Covington received his Ph.D. at Yale University. He is the author of several books, including Syntactic Theory in the High Middle Ages (Cambridge, 1984). He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and is the Associate Director of the Artificial Intelligence Center at the University of Georgia.

    • Considerably expanded and updated edition of the best-selling, standard handbook on astrophotography for amateur astronomers (first pub '84, revised '91)
    • Concise but comprehensive - covering both traditional photography and CCD imaging
    • Ideal introduction for novices; with new sections on advanced techniques to satisfy the most experienced amateur
    • Illustrated with hundreds of spectacular images by the best amateurs from around the world - including 60 colour images (50 new) and 230 b&w (160 new)
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...highly recommend[ed]... to novice astrophotographers, but it is also an excellent reference for more advanced individuals....This work would also serve well in the field, as a quick reference to many of the formulas and techniques contained within." Sky & Telescope

    "I enjoyed this book the first time I picked it up...I still find it a prime source for everything having to do with photographing the heavens." Paul R. Castle, Reflector

    "After reading this book, many will find it hard to resist the fascinating pursuit of astrophotography, which sometimes yields results that are of interest to professional photographers. This is the finest treatment of the subject at this level available in book form and is perfect for its intended audience." Science Books and Films

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: June 1999
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521627405
    • length: 362 pages
    • dimensions: 247 x 191 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.81kg
    • contains: 259 b/w illus. 60 colour illus. 92 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Simple Techniques:
    1. Welcome to astrophotography
    2. Photographing stars without a telescope
    3. Comets, meteors, aurorae, and space dust
    4. The moon
    5. Eclipses
    Part II. Advanced Techniques:
    6. Coupling cameras to telescopes
    7. The solar system
    8. Deep-sky photography
    Part III. Photographic Technology:
    9. Cameras, lenses, and telescopes
    10. Film
    11. Developing, printing, and photographic enhancement
    Part IV. Digital Imaging:
    12. Computer image enhancement
    13. CCD imaging

  • Author

    Michael A. Covington, University of Georgia

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