Astrophotography for the Amateur


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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.

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


Michael A. CovingtonUniversity of Georgia

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


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