Digital SLR Astrophotography (Practical Amateur Astronomy)
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Sort order. Jun 02, Don rated it it was amazing. This was a supplemental book for my astronomical imaging class that was required for core astrophotography basics.
Given the book was already 10 years old, I was quite hesitant to believe that it would be relevant to the classwork. However, it exceeded my expectations. Covering basics of CMOS and CCD sensors, camera designs, telescope-camera integration, and image reduction through final processing there is no better starter manual for anyone looking to begin astrophotography. Yes, there are some This was a supplemental book for my astronomical imaging class that was required for core astrophotography basics.
Yes, there are some out-of-date sections that could use a 2nd edition such as the state of digital SLRs from and older image processing software--nevertheless, even those sections are still quite useful.
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Some of the best advice for imagers comes from Covington's advice that you don't need the latest and greatest equipment to get professional results. A 5 year-old digital SLR can exceed in astrophotography and the free software only gets better. Even without using my digital SLR I was able to achieve some interesting results with an old Canon point-and-shoot Powershot A on a tripod I didn't think could be done!
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The good news about this book is that it is a fairly easy read and can guide anyone to basic skills in astrophotography with or without a telescope. Plus, you can evolve the skill gradually with more advanced telescopes and tracking equipment as you progress with this guide.
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If you want to start, this is the book to get! PS - this is also a good resource if you want to start using professional robotic telescopes like I did for class. The scope operators expect a certain level of knowledge and if you want to start using one, understanding the basic concepts would help tremendously! Oct 12, Pete daPixie rated it really liked it Shelves: stardust. It is not very often that I can say that a book published in is someway to requiring revision and update. No fault of Mr Covington but indicative of such a fast moving subject matter.
Advances are taking place at such a rapid pace in the fields of digital SLR camera development, as well as with computer controlled astro scopes and their never ending add-ons along with the digital software packages for photographic manipulation. A four star rating for this book may depend on where the amateur It is not very often that I can say that a book published in is someway to requiring revision and update. A four star rating for this book may depend on where the amateur astronomer is entering the game, in terms of knowledge and equipment.
In terms of equipment this book favours the C. Hence the four star rating from me.
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Alternatively, as a member of my local astronomical society has done, the DSLR user can now skip the scope and purchase an Astro-trac to produce stunning images of the heavens, but I like the feel of cosmic photons direct on my retina. Nov 10, Natalie rated it liked it Shelves: photography , newly-read Good book, but not at all what I wanted. I was looking for a more detailed guide about star trails than "combine 30 second exposures," but instead I got what I spent my senior year of high school doing with Karen - how to use telescopes to take photos of the sky.
I can recommend this book to anyone that wants to take photos of, say, star clusters, or galaxies. If you're looking to express the sky as we humans see it, it may be less useful. Apr 30, Adam rated it really liked it Shelves: astronomy , photography. Nice general introduction to astrophotography techniques for the relative amateur. A bit dated by mid's digital camera tech as reference - we can just hope for a new edition sometime soon! Mar 31, Matt rated it really liked it. Brilliant guide to using a digital SLR camera for astrophotography.
May 23, Lance Taylor rated it it was amazing. Must read book!
Like all things in tech they get dated, but AP is a foundational thing. Knowing what works and what doesn't is very helpful.
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Sometimes low tech is best! Apr 25, Kadri rated it really liked it. I think it would be quite useful for absolute beginners as a perfect guide to what equipment is needed and the basic astronomical image processing. Ruben rated it really liked it Apr 29, Paul Milligan rated it liked it Oct 03, About this product.
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