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Astrophotography is Easy!

Basics for Beginners

  • Focuses on true beginners in astrophotography, assuming no prior knowledge of the subject

  • Covers the scientific background, necessary equipment, and field techniques for photographing the sky

  • Avoids overly technical material in favor of a casual, reader-friendly guide

Part of the book series: The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series (PATRICKMOORE)

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Table of contents (23 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxii
  2. Introduction

    • Gregory I. Redfern
    Pages 1-13
  3. Cameras

    • Gregory I. Redfern
    Pages 15-36
  4. Lenses

    • Gregory I. Redfern
    Pages 37-54
  5. Telescopes

    • Gregory I. Redfern
    Pages 55-76
  6. Imaging Methods with Your Telescope

    • Gregory I. Redfern
    Pages 77-87
  7. Mountings

    • Gregory I. Redfern
    Pages 89-112
  8. Software and Other Vital Accessories

    • Gregory I. Redfern
    Pages 113-130
  9. Astrophotography Rules to Live By

    • Gregory I. Redfern
    Pages 131-139
  10. Getting Acquainted with the Sky

    • Gregory I. Redfern
    Pages 141-154
  11. Location Matters

    • Gregory I. Redfern
    Pages 155-165
  12. It’s Astrophotography Time!

    • Gregory I. Redfern
    Pages 167-175
  13. The Sun

    • Gregory I. Redfern
    Pages 177-197
  14. The Moon

    • Gregory I. Redfern
    Pages 199-228
  15. Eclipses

    • Gregory I. Redfern
    Pages 229-278
  16. The Stars and Planets

    • Gregory I. Redfern
    Pages 279-303
  17. International Space Station and Satellites

    • Gregory I. Redfern
    Pages 305-310
  18. Aurorae and Glows in the Sky

    • Gregory I. Redfern
    Pages 329-338
  19. The Milky Way

    • Gregory I. Redfern
    Pages 339-346

About this book

There are many books covering different facets of astrophotography, but few of them contain all the necessary steps for beginners in one accessible place. Astrophotography is Easy! fills that void, serving as a guide to anybody interested in the subject but starting totally from scratch. Assuming no prior experience, the author runs through  the basics for how to take astrophotos using just a camera—including cell phones and tablets—as well as a telescope and more sophisticated equipment.

The book includes proven techniques, checklists, safety guidelines, troubleshooting tips, and more. Each chapter builds upon the last, allowing readers to master basic techniques before moving on to more challenging material. Also included is a comprehensive list of additional books and resources on a variety of topics so readers can continue expanding their skills.

Astrophotography Is Easy! doesn’t simply teach you the basic skills for becoming an astrophotographer: it provides you with the foundations you will need for a lifelong pursuit.

Keywords

  • astrophotography for beginners
  • astrophotography basics
  • camera only astrophotography
  • camera and telescope astrophotos
  • @SkyGuyinVA
  • astrophotography software
  • astrophotography equipment
  • astrophotography primer

Reviews

“Astrophotography is Easy! Basics for Beginners … a book for budding astro-imagers that avoids overly technical jargon in favour of a casual, reader-friendly guide. The tome contains practical advice on photographing everything in the sky from the Sun, Moon, and planets to nebulae, star clusters, and distant galaxies, as well as the best techniques to record each one.” (Sky and Telescope Magazine, February, 2021)


“True to its title, this comprehensive how-to book tries to cover everything a novice astrophotographer needs to know: cameras, lenses, and telescopes; imaging methods, mountings, and software; and techniques and tips for capturing such celestial objects and events as the Sun, Moon, stars, eclipses, and auroras. Gregory Redfern draws on his more than four decades of experience as an astrophotographer to provide key guidance to even the most rank amateur and launch them on a lifetime of celestial exploration.” (Physics Today, Vol. 73 (11), 2020)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ruckersville, USA

    Gregory I. Redfern

About the author

Greg Redfern, known on twitter as “@SkyGuyinVA,” has been an adjunct professor/instructor of astronomy for five different colleges since 1984. As a NASA JPL Solar System Ambassador since 2003, he has shared NASA's missions to the solar system with many audiences in person as well as on air with Voice Of America (VOA) International, Fox 5 WTTG TV, NBC4 Washington, CBS News and WJLA7. Since 2006, he has been the space reporter for WTOP Radio and WTOP.com.

Greg's daily astronomy blog, "What’s Up?: The Space Place” has had over 3.2 million views from around the world. As a writer, he has authored numerous articles for Sky and TelescopeMeteorite MagazineSkywatch and a number of newspapers, including Gannet and USA Today.

Greg has been observing and photographing the sky for over five decades and collecting meteorites for years. He has used telescopes of all kinds and visited observatories, NASA facilities, and geological sites all over the world. His astrophotographs have appeared online on NASA.gov, MSN.com, the Huffington Post, the Washington Post, Earth and Sky.org, The Planetary Society, Space.com, Universe Today, and other online publications. For years, cruise ship guests and visitors to Shenandoah National Park have enjoyed Greg’s presentations, where he mingles the folklore and science of the stars.

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

eBook USD 19.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-45943-7
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout