Digital Astrophotography: A Guide to Capturing the Cosmos
At first glance, the challenge of astrophotography may appear daunting. But not only are spectacular results possible, they are easy to learn with the step-by-step instructions provided in Stephan Seip's Digital Astrophotography: A Guide to Capturing the Cosmos. Today, amateurs can produce images that only twenty years ago a large professional observatory would have been proud of; and this book shows you how.
Learn how to:
Also included are lessons on the processing that is done in the "studio" after your shoot, including how to:
Equipment requirements for astrophotography range from nothing but a simple camera and tripod to a multi-thousand dollar computer controlled telescope equipped with a CCD auto-guider and separate guide-scope. Researching the best equipment for your needs is a task in itself. Seip helps you to sort out which cameras are best for the various celestial objects, what to look for when buying a camera, and what accessories you really need.
The rewards of this fascinating hobby, as the author says, "Grants you unforgettable hours under the night sky; it allows you to produce aesthetically rewarding and lasting results. Astrophotography is a love-match between physics, photography, art, and digital image processing. It is exciting!"
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Chapter 2 The Digital Compact Camera
Chapter 3 The Webcam
Chapter 4 The Digital Single Lens Reflex Camera
Chapter 5 The Astronomical CCD Camera
Web Links Addresses Further Reading
Imaging Data of the Astrophotos