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  The Astrophotography Sky Atlas
by Charles Bracken
144 pages, 1st Edition, November 2015
Level: All

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Description: Finally, a compact, reasonably-priced atlas designed with imaging in mind! Seventy full-color charts cover the entire sky, with stars down to 9th magnitude and over 2,000 deep-sky objects plotted in their correct size and shape, including many nebulae not found in visually-oriented atlases.

  • 416 emission nebulae and supernova remnants, including the complete Sharpless (Sh2) and RCW catalogs.
  • 171 reflection nebulae, including the complete van den Bergh (vdB) catalog.
  • 146 planetary nebulae, including the complete Abell catalog
  • 52 dark nebulae and molecular clouds
  • 792 galaxies (larger than 3 arcminutes)
  • 38 galaxy groups from the Abell and Hickson catalogs
  • 108 globular clusters (larger than 5 arcminutes)
  • 309 open clusters (larger than 5 arcminutes)
The tabular index contains important details on each object, including a description, the best time of year to capture it, and the required field of view. With information on nearly every possible photographic target in the night sky, The Astrophotography Sky Atlas will help you choose your targets and plan your imaging.

Amazon.com Customer Comment: If you are an experienced astrophotographer who has imaged most of the obvious stuff, get this atlas right away! It will refresh your enthusiasm and provide years of inspiration. 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»

  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»

  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»
  Scientific Astrophotography
How Amateurs Can Generate and Use Professional Imaging Data

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

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  • 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»

  Digital Astrophotography
A Guide to Capturing the Cosmos

by Stephan Seip
150 pages, January 2008
Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Description: 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:

  • Set up your camera for optimum results
  • Focus your camera for razor-sharp images
  • Take beautiful night shots with a simple compact digital camera, a tripod, and a telescope
  • Use a DSLR camera to shoot the Sun, Moon, stars, star clusters, and nebulae through your telescope
  • Get brilliant images of planets with a Webcam
  • Capture remote galaxies with a charge-coupled device (CCD) camera just like a pro
Also included are lessons on the processing that is done in the "studio" after your shoot, including how to:
  • Shoot RAW format images and improve them with calibration frames
  • Take short exposures of faint deep-sky objects and combine them into a longer exposure
  • Perform brightness, contrast, and color correction
  • Make corrections to correct for vignetting and uneven field illumination
  • Process your images for stunning results
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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  Lunar and Planetary Webcam User's Guide
by Martin Mobberley
224 pages, May 2006
Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Description: In the last few years, cheap webcams have revolutionized amateur astronomy by providing a very inexpensive alternative to purpose-made astronomical CCD cameras, which use refrigerated imaging chips and are thus extremely expensive. Webcams are capable of more advanced work than 'normal' digital cameras because their simple construction makes it easy to remove the webcam's lens, allowing it to be interfaced directly to a telescope. Using a webcam is not difficult but most amateur astronomers who have tried to do this do not achieve the finest results, despite the webcam's potential. There are numerous imaging and image processing tricks and techniques, and all of them are needed to get the best results.

Lunar and Planetary Webcam Users Guide de-mystifies the jargon of webcams and computer processing, and provides detailed hints and tips for imaging the Sun, Moon and planets with a webcam. He looks at each observing target separately, describing and explaining all specialised techniques in context.

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Customer Review: This is an outstanding reference for you astronomy buffs who use webcams and RegiStax for planetary imaging. Mobberley's book is also sprinkled with all sorts of observations, like living in the Low Country on the coast can sometimes be an advatage for observing. This is not intuitive.
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  CCD Astrophotography
High-Quality Imaging from the Suburbs

by Adam Stuart
196 pages, June 2006
Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Description: Not all amateur astronomers who live in a suburban location realize just how very effective a "chilled-chip" astronomical CCD-camera and software can be at cutting through seemingly impenetrable light-pollution. CCD Astrophotography from the Suburbs details one man's approach to the problem of getting high-quality astronomical images under light-polluted conditions. Adam Stuart has written this reference book for all amateur astronomers who are interested in CCD imaging, especially those who have to work under suburban conditions. The book outlines the materials and (commercially-available) equipment used for high-quality imaging.

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Customer Review: I was disappointed with it since it comes from the "Practical Astronomy" series. Mr. Stuart's set up is anything but practical. I know of few people who get into this hobby and instantly purchase their own dome, establish a network, and run their equipment from the convenience of their home. ...
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  A Guide to Astrophotography
With Digital SLR Cameras

by Jerry Lodrigus
CD-ROM Book, June 2006
Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Description: This book on CD-ROM is a practical guide to astrophotography with digital single lens reflex (DSLR) cameras. It explains how digital cameras work and everything you need to know about how to take astrophotos with them. It also tells you how to process the images after you have shot them, with step-by-step directions that will produce beautiful results. With this book you will discover how easy it is to shoot the Sun, Moon, stars, nebulae, galaxies, and other celestial objects. Use your DSLR camera to shoot through your telescope. Determine the correct exposure and ISO to use for your astrophotos. Focus your camera for razor-sharp images. Perform brightness, contrast and color correction. Correct uneven illumination and vignetting. More than 100 Minutes of video tutorials with step-by-step instructions for complete image procesing and enhancement of both JPEG and Raw images are included on the CD-ROM. More...

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Customer Review: This CD by Jerry Lodriguss on astrophotography with a Digital SLR camera is the best written and informative product I have had the pleasure to own and learn from. I have more than 20 books on this subject in my collection and this is by far the best. I highly recommend it to all who are or may be interested in astrophotography.
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  Astronomy Hacks
by Robert Thompson and Barbara Thompson
416 pages, June 2005
Level: All

Description: Do you relish viewing and identifying celestial objects? Whether you're a first timer or an advanced hobbyist, you will find Astronomy Hacks makes a brilliant cosmic companion. Why use the traditional approach in admiring and studying the stars when you can turn computers, handheld devices, and telescopes into star gazing tools for an out-of-this-world experience.

This handy field guide covers the basics of observing, and what you need to know about tweaking, tuning, adjusting, and tricking out a 'scope. Expect priceless tips and tools for using a Dobsonian telescope, the large-aperture telescope you can inexpensively build in your garage.

Astronomy Hacks begins the space exploration by getting you set up with the right equipment for observing and admiring the stars in an urban setting. Along for the trip are first rate tips for making most of observations. The hacks show you how to:

  • Dark-Adapt Your Notebook Computer
  • Choose the Best Binocular
  • Clean Your Eyepieces and Lenses Safely
  • Upgrade Your Optical Finder
  • Photograph the Stars with Basic Equipment
The O'Reilly Hacks series has reclaimed the term "hacking" to mean innovating, unearthing, and creating shortcuts, gizmos, and gears. With these hacks, you don't dream it -- you do it. The book is essential for anyone who wants to get the most out of an evening under the stars and have memorable celestial adventures.

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Customer Review: I really enjoyed this book. Where other Astronomy books focus exclusively on the hardware, or on the heavens, this book covers a wider range of topics. From telescope tricks, to how to meet up with astronomy buffs, to what to drink (or not drink) on your viewing nights. While the other books are helpful to teach the theory, this book is the glue that binds the night sky theory with the telescope in the back of the car on a mountain side reality.
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