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The Astrophotography Manual, 2nd Edition

Book Description

The Astrophotography Manual,Second Edition is for photographers ready to move beyond standard SLR cameras and editing software to create beautiful images of nebulas, galaxies, clusters, and the stars. Beginning with a brief astronomy primer, this book takes readers through the full astrophotography process, from choosing and using equipment to image capture, calibration, and processing. This combination of technical background and hands-on approach brings the science down to earth, with practical methods to ensure success.

This second edition now includes:

  • Over 170 pages of new content within 22 new chapters, with 600 full-color illustrations.
  • Covers a wide range of hardware, including mobile devices, remote control and new technologies.
  • Further insights into leading software, including automation, Sequence Generator Pro and PixInsight
  • Ground-breaking practical chapters on hardware and software as well as alternative astrophotography pursuits

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Table of Contents
  5. Preface to the Second Edition
  6. About the Author
  7. Introduction
  8. Astronomy Primer
    1. The Diverse Universe of Astrophotography
    2. Space
    3. Catalogs
    4. Four Dimensions and Counting
    5. Limits of Perception
  9. Choosing Equipment
    1. The Ingredients of Success
    2. New Tools
    3. General Equipment
    4. Imaging Equipment
    5. A Portable System
  10. Setting Up
    1. Hardware Setup
    2. Software Setup
    3. Wireless / Remote Operation
  11. Image Capture
    1. Sensors and Exposure
    2. Focusing
    3. Autoguiding and Tracking
    4. Pointing and Tracking Models
    5. Sequencing, Automation and Scripting
    6. Mosaics
  12. Image Calibration and Processing
    1. Post Exposure
    2. Getting Started in PixInsight
    3. Image Calibration and Stacking
    4. Linear Image Processing
    5. Non-Linear Image Processing
    6. Narrowband Image Processing
  13. Pix Insights
    1. Pre-Processing
    2. Seeing Stars
    3. Noise Reduction and Sharpening
    4. Image Stretching
    5. Color Filter Array (CFA) Processing
  14. First Light Assignments
    1. Practical Examples
    2. M51a/b (Whirlpool Galaxy)
    3. M45 (Pleiades Open Cluster)
    4. C27 (Crescent Nebula) in Narrowband
    5. M31 (Andromeda Galaxy)
    6. IC1805 (Heart Nebula) in False Color
    7. Horsehead and Flame Nebula
    8. Comet C/2014 Q2
    9. M27 (Dumbbell Nebula)
    10. M3 (Globular Cluster), revisited
    11. Exoplanet and Transit Photometry
    12. NGC1499 (California Nebula Mosaic)
    13. NGC2264 (Cone Nebula Region)
    14. 3-D Video Imaging
    15. IC1396A (Elephant’s Trunk Nebula)
  15. Appendices
    1. Diagnostics and Problem Solving
    2. Summer Projects
    3. Automating Observatory Control
    4. Collimating a Ritchey Chrétien Telescope
    5. Bibliography, Resources and Templates
  16. Glossary and Index
    1. Glossary
    2. Index