Video Astronomy on the Go: Using Video Cameras With Small Telescopes

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Springer, Oct 24, 2016 - Science - 205 pages
Author Joseph Ashley explains video astronomy's many benefits in this comprehensive reference guide for amateurs. Video astronomy offers a wonderful way to see objects in far greater detail than is possible through an eyepiece, and the ability to use the modern, entry-level video camera to image deep space objects is a wonderful development for urban astronomers in particular, as it helps sidestep the issue of light pollution. The author addresses both the positive attributes of these cameras for deep space imaging as well as the limitations, such as amp glow. The equipment needed for imaging as well as how it is configured is identified with hook-up diagrams and photographs. Imaging techniques are discussed together with image processing (stacking and image enhancement). Video astronomy has evolved to offer great results and great ease of use, and both novices and more experienced amateurs can use this book to find the set-up that works best for them. Flexible and portable, they open up a whole new way of seeing space.
 

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Contents

Astronomy from a Video Perspective
1
The Anatomy of a Video Camera
9
Assembling Your Video Astronomy Kit
40
Light Pollution and Filters
55
The Solar System and Video Astronomy
73
Deep Space and Video Astronomy
88
Imaging the Night Sky
109
Outreach with Video Telescopes
125
Live Video Broadcasting
133
Video Astronomy Trends
141
Appendix A Glossary of Terms
154
Appendix B Maximum Exposure Time Tables Based on 0125 Degrees of Field Rotation
165
Appendix C Star Charts for Urban Areas with Significant Light Pollution
169
Appendix D Rack and Pinion Focuser TuneUP
194
Index
199
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An American by birth, Joe Ashley currently lives in Marathon, Greece. His career in the US Navy included the recovery of astronauts Conrad and Cooper and their Gemini V spaceship from the sea; from there he entered into an engineering and research career involving submarine noise, chemical warfare defense, and energy conservation. Along the way, he obtained a doctorate in Public Administration. Now retired, he completed his career as the Program Manager for the US Department of the Navy and Marine Corps Energy Conservation Program. Recently, Joe has participated in online astronomy forums, primarily the StarGazers Lounge and The Astronomy Forum. In late 2009 he became a moderator on The Astronomy Forum, the world’s largest (based upon membership) such forum. He is author of the book "Astrophotography on the Go" (Springer, 2014).

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