Today’s amateur and professional astronomers take images of the stars using affordable digital cameras known as CCD (charge coupled devices). This improved technology has made astrophotography possible for everyone; however CCD cameras have features exclusive to astronomy and so there is a learning curve.
Astrophotography: The Essential Guide to Photographing the Night Sky features practical guidance from an astrophotographer with years of experience explaining astronomy to hobbyists. Mark Thompson, known as “the people’s astronomer” in the UK, guides readers through the entire process, beginning with buying equipment and ending with processing images on a home computer using free software. From the humble mobile phone to high-end specialist cameras, Thompson brings it all to life with his experiences, and many of his own astronomical images. The book includes.
Fully illustrated and clearly presented, Astrophotography: The Essential Guide to Photographing the Night Sky puts great astronomical images within the reach of even the most novice stargazer.
- Choosing the right equipment: Digital SLR cameras and lenses, guide camera, webcams, tripods, telescopes reflecting and refracting, tracker imaging and mounts altazimuth, equatorial, fork, drive camera, dew protection and heaters, color filter wheels, solar filters, electronic focuser.
- Solar System photography: Smartphones, webcams, using free RegiStax software, infrared blocking filters.