This book details an approach to the problem of getting high-quality astronomical images under light-polluted conditions. The book is for amateur astronomers interested in CCD imaging, especially those who have to work under suburban conditions. It outlines the materials and equipment used for high-quality imaging. The many wonderful images produced allow the reader to see the product of - initially - a fellow beginner's efforts. Respectable images are attainable with modest equipment. This book outlines a complete and thoroughly tested working program for every beginner to achieve high-quality digital imaging.
The Challenge of Imaging under a Light-Polluted Sky.- Equipment Inventory.- Telescopes.- 10" LX200 f/10 Classic.- Stellarvue Nighthawk with Crayford Focuser.- Takahashi FS 60-C.- Superwedge and Pier.- CCD Camera.- Observatory and creature comforts.- Computer and cables.- Software for observing and telescope control.- Software for image processing.- Autoguider.- Accessories.- ToUcam camcorder.- A Night of Imaging under the Stars (and Clouds).- Processing Astrophotos Made Simple.- A Collection of Astrophotos.- What to Do with All Those Photos?.- An Introduction to Minor Body Astrometry.- Invaluable Contacts and Links.- Glossary of Terms Used in this Book.- Formulae.- Index.
From the reviews:
"In this book, US amateur Adam Stuart struts his stuff by turning his personal experiences a ] into a full-length book. What I especially liked is that the author goes to great lengths to show what a variety of instruments can do a ] . Stuart does a really nice job presenting astrophotography a ] I for one found many of his tips and suggestions to be invaluable. The best feature of this book is a ] high-quality colour images a ] . the author must truly be congratulated!" (Neil English, Astronomy Now, March, 2007)
"Adam Stuarta (TM)s book is a practical, enthusiastic, hands-on tale of the numerous challenges he faced and overcame during the construction of a home observatory under the light-polluted skies of southern Florida." (David Malin, Australian Physics, Vol. 43 (5), 2006)