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A Practical Guide to CCD Astronomy

Handbook / Manual

Series: Practical Astronomy Handbook Series Volume: 8

By: Patrick Martinez, Alain Klotz and Andre Demers

243 pages, B/w plates, figs, tabs

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Dec 1997 | #115475 | ISBN: 0521599504
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Hardback | Dec 1997 | #204907 | ISBN: 0521590639
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About this book

High-performance CCD cameras have opened up an exciting new window on the Universe for amateur astronomers. A Practical Guide to CCD Astronomy provides a complete, self-contained guide to choosing and using CCD cameras. We start with a no-nonsense introduction to how a CCD camera works and just what determines its performance. We are then shown how to use a CCD camera and calibrate accurately the images we obtain. A clear review is then provided of the software available for visualising, analysing and processing digital images. Finally, we are guided through a series of key areas in astronomy where we can make the best use of our CCD cameras. This handy volume is packed with practical tips. It provides a clear introduction to CCD astronomy for novices and an indispensable reference for more experienced amateur astronomers.

"With high-performance CCD cameras opening up an exciting new window on the Universe, this book for amateur astronomers provides a timely self-contained guide on how to choose and use them."
- Spaceflight

"The book is well laid out, with much to hold the attention of amateurs who are involved in digital imagining techniques [...] I would recommend it to the practical CCD user."
- Kevin Sweeney, Astronomy and Space

"[...] covers everything from mundane but vital considerations such as precautions against frost, to the mathematics of image restoration and astrometry. As well as a guide to using these instruments, the concise format, clear diagrams and illustrations make it a handy and concise reference book."
- Sue Bowler, Astronomy and Geophysics

"[...] the comprehensive text is commendable [...] a book for all CCD enthusiasts at any level of experience."
- Maurice Gavin, The Journal of the British Astronomical Association

"In conclusion, this book hits the spot and has a large amount of useful, practical information for amateurs who have a basic understanding of CCDs."
- Webb Society, Deep Sky Observe



1. CCD equipment for astronomy
2. Characteristics and performances of a CCD camera
3. Image production
4. Image visualisation and analysis functions
5. Image treatment functions
6. Astronomical CCD applications
7. Conclusion


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