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Digital Astrophotography: The State of the Art


Part of the Patrick Moore’s Practical Astronomy Series book series (PATRICKMOORE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. David Ratledge
    Pages 1-11
  3. Getting Started

    1. David Haworth
      Pages 15-29
    2. David Ratledge
      Pages 31-44
    3. Keith Wiley, Steve Chambers
      Pages 45-60
    4. Johannes Schedler
      Pages 61-76
  4. Getting Serious

    1. Damian A. Peach
      Pages 89-97
    2. Brian Lula
      Pages 99-115
    3. David Ratledge
      Pages 117-132
  5. Advanced

    1. Dale E. Mais
      Pages 151-162
    2. Tom Boles
      Pages 163-174
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 175-177

About this book


Patrick Moore’s Practical Astronomy Series


The State of the Art


This book is the successor to David Ratledge’s much-acclaimed The Art and Science of CCD Astronomy.

CCD cameras and their associated technologies have continued to make great strides since the original book was first published almost eight years ago, particularly in the universal availability of color cameras and in the dramatically lower cost of equipment.

Digital Astrophotography: The State of the Art provides examples of the latest and best images, and describes how to get the best out of this extraordinary technology.

Experts in CCD astronomy from North America and Europe have contributed, illustrating their help and advice with many beautiful color images. The techniques explained here range from the use of inexpensive webcams, through to highly technical aspects such as supernovae patrolling. Computer processing, stacking and image-enhancement are also detailed, along with many hints and tips from the experts.


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From the reviews:

"This colourful book is yet another addition to the forty-strong library of ‘Patrick Moore’s Practical Astronomy Series’ produced by Springer. … it is a very interesting book and the colour illustrations are excellent and beautifully reproduced. Undoubtedly it will inspire many beginners to find out much more information about astronomical imaging." (Martin Mobberley, Astronomy Now, February, 2006)

"This compendium by S&T contributing editor David Ratledge offers a mother lode of practical information for imaging neophytes, but expert sky shooters can pick up a lot of useful tips as well. Its 11 chapters are lavishly illustrated, often in color, and they cover a wide range of techniques … . Ratledge’s ambitious goal of covering ‘the state of art’ is laudable … ." (Edwin Aguirre, Sky & Telescope, March, 2008)

"This is certainly a book to inspire. Ratledge has used many of the acknowledged experts in the field, each of whom has written a chapter on their own particular specialisation. … I can thoroughly recommend this book. Many excellent images are included and the reproduction in colour is very good. If you are new to digital imaging it will help you get started. If you are already an ‘expert’ it will inspire you to higher things … ." (Nick James, Journal of the British Astronomical Association, Vol. 116 (4), 2006)