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Category >>   Astrophotography
   Learn to take beautiful images of the night sky using your camera or imaging device of choice.
  The Astrophotography Manual
A Practical and Scientific Approach to Deep Sky Imaging

by Chris Woodhouse
432 pages, 2nd Edition, December 2017
Level: Advanced

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Description: The Astrophotography Manual, Second Edition is for photographers ready to move beyond standard SLR cameras and editing software to create beautiful images of nebulas, galaxies, clusters, and the stars. Beginning with a brief astronomy primer, this book takes readers through the full astrophotography process, from choosing and using equipment to image capture, calibration, and processing. This combination of technical background and hands-on approach brings the science down to earth, with practical methods to ensure success.

This second edition now includes:

  • Over 170 pages of new content within 22 new chapters, with 550 full-color illustrations
  • Covers a wide range of hardware, including mobile devices, remote control and new technologies
  • Further insights into leading software, including automation, Sequence Generator Pro and PixInsight
  • Ground-breaking practical chapters on hardware and software as well as alternative astrophotography pursuits
Amazon.com Customer Comment: I really like Chris' pragmatic and systematic approach. The sections on choosing and setting up equipment alone are worth the price -- he gives practical advice that will not only help you navigate the bewilderingly large variety of equipment available, but also help you factor location, stability, portability, power supply etc. into your decision. more»
  Astrophotography
by Thierry Legault
240 pages, 1st Edition, July 2014
Level: All

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Description: Today's photographic equipment allows amateurs to take pictures of the stars that far surpass images taken just a few decades ago by even the largest observatories-and this book will teach you how.

Author and world-renowned astrophotographer Thierry Legault teaches the art and techniques of astrophotography: from simple camera-on-tripod night-scene imaging of constellations, star trails, eclipses, artificial satellites, and polar auroras to more intensive astrophotography using specialized equipment for lunar, planetary, solar, and deep-sky imaging. Legault shares advice on equipment and guides you through techniques to capture and process your images to achieve spectacular results.

Astrophotography provides the most thorough treatment of the topic available. This large-format, richly illustrated book is intended for all sky enthusiasts-newcomers and veterans alike.

Learn how to:

  • Select the most useful equipment: cameras, adapters, filters, focal reducers/extenders, field correctors, and guide telescopes
  • Set up your camera (digital, video, or CCD) and your lens or telescope for optimal results
  • Plan your observing sessions
  • Mount the camera on your telescope and focus it for razor-sharp images
  • Polar-align your equatorial mount and improve tracking for pin-point star images
  • Make celestial time-lapse videos
  • Calculate the shooting parameters: focal length and ratio, field of view, exposure time, etc.
  • Combine multiples exposures to reveal faint galaxies, nebulae details, elusive planetary structures, and tiny lunar craters
  • Adjust contrast, brightness, light curves, and colors
  • Postprocess your images to fix defects such as vignetting, dust shadows, hot pixels, uneven background, and noise
  • Identify problems with your images and improve your results
  • Amazon.com Customer Comment: An excellent resource if you want to get started in serious astrophotography. The explanations are very clear and detailed. The illustrations are excellent. more»

      Scientific Astrophotography
    How Amateurs Can Generate and Use Professional Imaging Data

    by Gerald Hubbell
    364 pages, 1st Edition, 2013
    Level: Beginner to Intermediate

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    Benefits:

    • Teaches the amateur how to do scientifically useful astronomical imaging at a professional level.
    • Explains how to produce useful data in the fields of astrometry and photometry.
    • Details the steps amateurs must take to begin collaborations with professional astronomers.

    Description: Scientific Astrophotography is intended for those amateur astronomers who are looking for new challenges, once they have mastered visual observing and the basic imaging of various astronomical objects. It will also be a useful reference for scientifically inclined observers who want to learn the fundamentals of astrophotography with a firm emphasis on the discipline of scientific imaging. This book is not about making beautiful astronomical images; it is about recording astronomical images that are scientifically rigorous and from which accurate data can be extracted.

    This book is unique in that it gives readers the skills necessary for obtaining excellent images for scientific purposes in a concise and procedurally oriented manner. This not only gets the reader used to a disciplined approach to imaging to maximize quality, but also to maximize the success (and minimize the frustration!) inherent in the pursuit of astrophotography. The knowledge and skills imparted to the reader of this handbook also provide an excellent basis for "beautiful picture" astrophotography!

    There is a wealth of information in this book -- a distillation of ideas and data presented by a diverse set of sources and based on the most recent techniques, equipment, and data available to the amateur astronomer. There are also numerous practical exercises. Scientific Astrophotography is perfect for any amateur astronomer who wants to go beyond just astrophotography and actually contribute to the science of astronomy.

    Amazon.com Customer Comment: I only have a high school diploma and the author communicates in a way that makes it easy to comprehend. I wish this book had been around years ago when i was starting out. more»

    The World at Night - Spectacular photographs of the night sky   The World at Night
    Spectacular photographs of the night sky

    by Babak Tafreshi
    240 pages, 1st Edition, November 2019
    Size: 11.8 x 9.6 inches

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    Description: See the full beauty of our night sky revealed as never before in over 200 photographs from around the world.

    Bringing together the images of over 40 photographers across 25 countries, be astounded by the lights of the night sky in some of the darkest places on earth; discover the beauty of galaxies, planets, and stars; view great celestial events; and see some of the world's most important landmarks against the backdrop of an incredible nightscape.

    Babak Tafreshi, founder of the international organization The World at Night, has curated the images in this collection -- many of them previously unseen -- to reveal the true splendor of the sky at night. A specialist guide to night-sky photography will help you capture your own gorgeous images of the heavens.

    Commentary on the science, astronomy, and photography accompany stunning images organized by theme:

    • Symbols of all nations and religions embraced by one sky of endless beauties
    • UNESCO World Heritage Sites at night
    • The Universe revealed through constellations, sky motions, atmospheric phenomenon, Aurora, and other wonders
    • Images highlighting the beauty of dark skies away from light-polluted urban areas
    • Celestial events, from great comets to spectacular eclipses
    • Astro-tourism destinations, like ancient astronomical monuments and modern observatories

    About the Author:
    Babak Tafreshi is an award winning photographer working with National Geographic, a master of night-time photography and nightscape videos. He uses the context of night sky to bridge Earth and sky, art and science, cultures and time. He is also a science journalist and in 2007 he founded The World at Night (TWAN) program; an elite group of about 40 photographers in 25 countries who present images to reconnect people with the importance and beauty of the night sky and natural nights.
      Photography: Night Sky
    A Field Guide for Shooting After Dark

    by Jennier Wu
    176 pages, 1st Edition, April 2014
    Level: Beginner

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    Description: Photography: Night Sky will give you the tips and techniques you need to take stunning photographs in the dark. You'll learn how to overcome the unique issues that confront nighttime photographers and capture images of which you'll be proud.

    Author Jennifer Wu, an elite Canon Explorer of Light professional photographer, has become renowned for her ability to capture nighttime phenomena, from quarter-phase moon rises to shooting stars to the ephemeral Milky Way. This new guide reveals her methods and concentrates on photographing four principal subjects: stars as points of light, star trails, the moon, and twilight. These subjects share common photo techniques and considerations, but each also requires a distinct approach. Once captured, your digital images must be finished on the computer; co-author and author of the bestselling Photography: Outdoors, James Martin, delves into the settings and procedures that elevate an image from mundane to striking.

    This clear and practical guide will help photographers of all levels portray the stunning spectacle of the night sky, preserving those special memories and moments from a life outdoors.

    Amazon.com Customer Comment: This is the best book I have seen that is a "how to" book on photographing stars, star trails, and the Milky Way. Author takes you through all of the above step-by-step with breathtaking examples of her photos. She details how she shot each. You walk away from the book trying to decide where you can shoot. more»

      Night Photography and Light Painting
    Finding Your Way in the Dark

    by Lance Keimig
    268 pages, 2nd Edition, July 2015
    Level: Intermediate to Advanced

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    Description: Lance Keimig, one of the premier experts on night photography, has put together a comprehensive reference that will show you ways to capture images you never thought possible. This new edition of Night Photography presents the practical techniques of shooting at night alongside theory and history, illustrated with clear, concise examples, and charts and stunning images. From urban night photography to photographing the landscape by starlight or moonlight, from painting your subject with light to creating a subject with light, this book provides a complete guide to digital night photography and light painting.

    Amazon.com Customer Comment: Well-written and informative, a worthy second edition that seems largely re-written. The history of night photography is still there, and still absolutely fascinating. The book covers astro-landscape, long exposures in moonlight, star trails, light painting, light drawing, and post-processing for night photography with an emphasis on Lightroom, although the tips for post-processing can obviously be done in Photoshop or other programs as well. more»

      Collier's Guide to Night Photography in the Great Outdoors
    by Grant Collier
    160 pages, 1st Edition, April 2015
    Level: All

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    Description: The night sky may be the most awe-inspiring spectacle that any of us will ever see. It can, however, be difficult to capture in a photograph, as it requires specialized techniques that are rarely used when shooting images during the day.

    Renowned photographer Grant Collier sheds light on how to capture these otherworldly images by sharing secrets he has learned over the past 12 years. He explains how to take photos of the Milky Way, northern lights, meteors, eclipses, lightning, and much more.

    Grant begins by reviewing equipment and supplies that are helpful when photographing at night. He then discusses many software programs, web sites, and mobile apps that will help you plan your shots. Finally, he offers extensive advice on how to capture and process images at night. He goes beyond the basics and teaches how to blend multiple exposures and create huge stitched images to capture incredibly detailed photos that you never before thought possible!

    Amazon.com Customer Comment: Coming from the perspective of someone who leads nature photography workshops and has written his share of how-to articles on photography, I can say that Grant Collier's Guide to Night Photography in the Great Outdoors is one thorough book. more»

      Getting Started: Budget Astrophotography
    by Allan Hall
    344 pages, 1st Edition, March 2014
    Level: Beginner

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    Description: Allan Hall makes learning how to photograph the night sky easy with his new Getting Started: Budget Astrophotography book. In this guide, you will learn the fundamentals ofastrophotography -- what it is, how it's done, and how to do it yourself. Getting Started: Budget Astrophotography is divided into three sections in order to provide a comprehensive overview of the basics of astrophotography:

    • Understanding
    • Doing
    • Building
    Amazon.com Customer Comment: Ever wanted to capture the amazing beauty of the stars over your summer cottage in July? Ever wished you had the expertise to capture a beautiful and crisp harvest moon, just the way you see it in real life? more»
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