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Digital SLR Astrophotography

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In the last few years, digital SLR cameras have taken the astrophotography world by storm. It is now easier to photograph the stars than ever before! They are compact and portable, flexible to adapt with different lenses and for telescope use, and above all DSLR cameras are easy and enjoyable to use. In this concise guide, experienced astrophotography expert Michael Covington outlines the simple, enduring basics that will enable you to get started, and help you get the most from your equipment. He covers a wide selection of equipment, simple and advanced projects, technical considerations and image processing techniques. Unlike other astrophotography books, this one focuses specifically on DSLR cameras, not astronomical CCDs, non-DSLR digital cameras, or film. This guide is ideal for astrophotographers who wish to develop their skills using DSLR cameras and as a friendly introduction to amateur astronomers or photographers curious about photographing the night sky.

  • The first book specifically for DSLR astrophotography, a rapidly growing area of amateur astronomy
  • Covers the basics and bare essentials without going too in-depth
  • Examples use the most common types of camera, but the instructions are general enough for all DSLR cameras and software

Table of Contents

Part I. Basics:
1. The DSLR revolution
2. Main technical issues
3. Basic camera operation
4. Four simple projects
5. Coupling cameras to telescopes
Part II. Cameras, Lenses, and Telescopes:
6. More about focal reducers
7. Lenses for piggybacking
8. Focusing
9. Tracking the stars
10. Power and camera control in the field
11. Sensors and sensor performance
Part III. Digital Image Processing:
12. Overview of image processing
13. Digital imaging principles
14. Techniques specific to astronomy
Appendices: A. Astrophotography with non-SLR digital cameras
B. Webcam and video planetary imaging.


Specifications: Digital SLR Astrophotography

  • DATE PUBLISHED: November 2007
  • FORMAT: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9780521700818
  • LENGTH: 234 pages
  • DIMENSIONS: 246 x 191 x 8 mm
  • WEIGHT: 0.524kg
  • CONTAINS: 140 b/w illus. 5 tables

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