A Guide to Capturing the CosmosBook - 2008
At first glance, the challenge of astrophotography may appear daunting. But not only are spectacular results possible, they are easy to learn with the step-by-step instructions provided in this handy resource, which shows amateurs how to produce images to rival a professional observatory.
Webcams and the modification of digital SLR cameras for astronomical imaging now enables amateurs to engage in astrophotography. Seip, a German fine art photographer/science writer, explains the tools and techniques available to them to produce images of the universe. The book includes further resources, a glossary, and imaging data for his stunning astrophotos. This is a translation of Astrofotografie digital published in 2006 by Franckh-Kosmos Verlags-GmbH, Stuttgart. Distributed by O'Reilly Media. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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At first glance, the challenge of astrophotography may appear daunting. But not only are spectacular results possible, they are easy to learn with the step-by-step instructions provided in Stephan Seip's Digital Astrophotography: A Guide to Capturing the Cosmos. Today, amateurs can produce images that only twenty years ago a large professional observatory would have been proud of; and this book shows you how.
Learn how to:
Also included are lessons on the processing that is done in the "studio" after your shoot, including how to:
Equipment requirements for astrophotography range from nothing but a simple camera and tripod to a multi-thousand dollar computer controlled telescope equipped with a CCD auto-guider and separate guide-scope. Researching the best equipment for your needs is a task in itself. Seip helps you to sort out which cameras are best for the various celestial objects, what to look for when buying a camera, and what accessories you really need.
The rewards of this fascinating hobby, as the author says, "Grants you unforgettable hours under the night sky; it allows you to produce aesthetically rewarding and lasting results. Astrophotography is a love-match between physics, photography, art, and digital image processing. It is exciting!"