Astronomical Cybersketching: Observational Drawing with PDAs and Tablet PCs

Paperback | April 30, 2009

byPeter Grego

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This book is truly unique. It is a book that has become necessary because of advancing computer technology. It outlines the techniques involved in making observational sketches and more detailed 'scientific' drawings of a wide variety of astronomical subjects using modern digital equipment; primarily PDAs and tablet PCs. Choosing hardware and software is discussed at the beginning, followed by the techniques involved in amateur astronomers producing finished drawings. Completing and enhancing these drawings at the desktop PC is also covered.No other book on the market deals with the subject of digital observational drawing - not even touching upon it briefly. People are increasingly 'digitising' their lifestyles, and amateur astronomers of the future will not have to contend with soggy paper and smudgy pencils while juggling a red torch at the eyepiece! Those who have seen the techniques that the author has pioneered, and which he describes in detail in Astronomical Cybersketching, have universally commented that "cybersketching" - the use of handheld PCs with touch sensitive screens that can be used for drawing and other input - is the future of making records of visual observations of astronomical subjects, and is already taking its place alongside modern CCD, digicam and webcam imaging techniques.

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This book is truly unique. It is a book that has become necessary because of advancing computer technology. It outlines the techniques involved in making observational sketches and more detailed 'scientific' drawings of a wide variety of astronomical subjects using modern digital equipment; primarily PDAs and tablet PCs. Choosing hardw...

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You love sky watching and are excited by what you see through your telescope. You want to keep a record of what you see. You want others to see it. These are all good reasons to put down your pencil and pad and get started cybersketching! What is cybersketching? It is using a small computer, such as a laptop or a PDA, to make a sketch ...

Peter Grego has recently written The Moon and How to Observe it for Springer. He has eight other published astronomy books to his credit. And is working on Mercury and Venus and How to Observe Them for Springer. Living in the UK, he is a well-known writer and practical amateur astronomer. He has contributed to many other books, and has...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9.25 × 6.1 × 0.39 inPublished:April 30, 2009Publisher:SpringerLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0387853502

ISBN - 13:9780387853505

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Table of Contents

Introduction.- Sketching the Skies.- Why Draw?- Technological Aids.- Part I: Hardware: Past, Present, and Future.- From Carefully Tooled Gears to Totally Cool Gear.- Computers Get Personal.- The Power of the Portable.- Handheld Cyberware.- Part II: Software and How to Use It.- Electronic Skies.- In Graphic Realms.- Cybersketching Challenges.- Glossary.- Index.

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From the reviews:"Peter Grego . introducing observers to this fertile territory in his richly illustrated book. . The topic is covered in great detail, from a historic overview of computing itself, to the inner-workings of all the key components of desktop and portable computers. The author makes a well-documented case for computers being used to generate, assist, and enhance the sketching process." (Jeremy Perez, Astronomy Now, December, 2009)