Digital Astrophotography: A Guide to Capturing the Cosmos

Digital Astrophotography: A Guide to Capturing the Cosmos


By (author) Stefan Seip

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  • Publisher: Rocky Nook
  • Format: Paperback | 162 pages
  • Dimensions: 201mm x 254mm x 13mm | 680g
  • Publication date: 4 January 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Santa Barbara
  • ISBN 10: 1933952164
  • ISBN 13: 9781933952161
  • Illustrations note: col. Illustrations
  • Sales rank: 183,092

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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: Set up your camera for optimum resultsFocus your camera for razor-sharp imagesTake beautiful night shots with a simple compact digital camera, a tripod, and a telescopeUse a DSLR camera to shoot the Sun, Moon, stars, star clusters, and nebulae through your telescopeGet brilliant images of planets with a WebcamCapture remote galaxies with a charge-coupled device (CCD) camera just like a proAlso included are lessons on the processing that is done in the "studio" after your shoot, including how to: Shoot RAW format images and improve them with calibration framesTake short exposures of faint deep-sky objects and combine them into a longer exposurePerform brightness, contrast, and color correctionMake corrections to correct for vignetting and uneven field illuminationProcess your images for stunning resultsEquipment 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!"

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