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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.
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
"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."
"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