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Astrophotography for the Amateur

Handbook / Manual

By: Michael A Covington

500 pages, 60 col plates, 160 b/w photos, 99 line illus, 92 tabs

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | May 1999 | Edition: 2 | #85023 | ISBN: 0521627400
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Hardback | May 1999 | Edition: 2 | #85022 | ISBN: 0521641330
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About this book

Provides a complete guide to taking pictures of stars, galaxies, the Moon, the Sun, comets, meteors and eclipses, using equipment and materials available to the hobbyist.

'! the author's friendly, authoritative style makes the book a splendid read ! This is an excellent introduction to astronomical imaging with many beautiful colour pictures, is suitable for beginners and advanced photographers. Highly recommended!' Nik Szymanek, Astronomy Now 'A much-welcome second edition is now upon us. The material in this new book is fully updated with the latest techniques, films, and equipment that amateurs are using in today's' sky-shooting endeavours. The text remains well suited for both inexperienced as well as moderately advanced amateur astrophotographers. And even the pros might pick up a few tips from this extensive work ! a real pleasure to read.' Chris Schur, Sky and Telescope 'A more comprehensive book would be difficult to imagine without the readability suffering greatly ! it will serve you till it crumbles to dust.' Gnomon 'It was 15 years ago Michael Covington first published Astrophotography for the Amateur, and during the following years it became a bible for the uninitiated astrophotographer and even for those with appreciable experience. This is a superb reference guide for exposure tables, film data, photographic filters, information for further reading including Internet sources and contacts for dealers.' Adrian Catterall, Webb Society Deep-Sky Observer


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; Appendices.

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