Making Beautiful Deep-Sky Images: Astrophotography with Affordable Equipment and Software by Greg ParkerMaking Beautiful Deep-Sky Images: Astrophotography with Affordable Equipment and Software by Greg Parker

Making Beautiful Deep-Sky Images: Astrophotography with Affordable Equipment and Software

byGreg Parker

Paperback | October 11, 2007

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I have recently discovered the most satisfying hobby so far, and to be frank, I have pursued quite a few hobbies in my time! This one encompasses computers, optics, precision mechanics, digital image processing and artistic appreciation, and it therefore satisfies just about every major interest I have in one go. The hobby is taking photographic images of the deep-sky. I have not met anyone, so far, that has not been moved, sometimes to a great extent, by the images you will find within the pages of this book. Some people will actually admit to being frightened by the vastness of space that these images depict. I am not frightened by these images, but I am certainly awe-struck by them, and they do make me feel rather insignificant regarding the grand scale of things. I am also still firmly in the grip of being totally amazed that the capability to take such awe-inspiring images is now available to anyone with sufficient time and effort to dedicate to this most rewarding of hobbies. This book has two aims. The first is to show you the richness, wonder, and beauty of deep-sky objects. The second is to show you how you can take these images for yourself, using readily available commercial equipment.
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 p...
Title:Making Beautiful Deep-Sky Images: Astrophotography with Affordable Equipment and SoftwareFormat:PaperbackDimensions:177 pages, 23.5 × 15.5 × 0.1 inPublished:October 11, 2007Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0387713522

ISBN - 13:9780387713526

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Table of Contents

Telescopes and Charge-Coupled Devices (CCDs).- Collimation and Polar Alignment of Your System.- Preparing to Take Your First Deep-Sky Image.- First Light!.- Simple Processing Techniques.- More Advanced Processing Techniques.- Creating A Large Image Mosaic.-Further Imaging Projects.- Appendixes.

Editorial Reviews

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)