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High Resolution Astrophotography (Practical Astronomy Handbooks) Hardcover – September 29, 1995

ISBN-13: 978-0521415880 ISBN-10: 0521415888 Edition: First Edition

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"High Resolution Astrophotography is a practical and inspirational handbook and a must for those considering entering the high-resolution astrophotography field." The Strolling Astronomer

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French
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Product Details

  • Series: Practical Astronomy Handbooks (Book 7)
  • Hardcover: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; First Edition edition (September 29, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521415888
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521415880
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #624,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By G. I. Koronis on April 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
As Jean Dragesco says in the final conclusion in this book: "This book is quite probably the last to be devoted to high resolution obtained by the methods of photography". Oriented exclusively on film high resolution solar, lunar and planetary photography it's competely outdated. The info on seeing conditions, types of telescopes etc is excellent and still usefull though. The era of film planetary photography has passed... TP 2415 (the best film for planetary photography) has been out of production for years... from the film developers mentioned in the book Agfa Rodinal can't be found anymore, as Agfa has gone out of business. If you are interested to see how the old timers could achieve really impressive planetary photographs on film this book may be of interest to you, but the price of 75$ seems too high, if you want to take real high resolution images yourself by modern means (I don't use the word photographs)look elsewhere.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charles Hall on March 7, 2012
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Written in 1995, the webcam revolution in astrophotography was still in the future. The author mentions CCD cameras, but virtually all of the book concerns B&W film photography. That said, the comments on telescopes, seeing, magnification, etc. are still relevant today. And the somewhat controversial statements about what works and what doesn't are a breath of fresh air even today.

The subject of the book is "high resolution" astrophotography. In this context he means the moon and planets, in black and white. Every opinion expressed in the book is based upon that premise. In fact, this approach yields some startling conclusions:

- A dome is the worst possible type of structure (bad air currents).
- Huge telescopes can never reach their theoretical max. resolution, the air is never clear and calm enough.
- A small telescope (he likes about a 10" reflector) can take better pictures than the Dawes Limit formula predicts.
- A small telescope can actually do better than a big telescope. Period.

All of this is music to the ears of a typical amateur and much of it is even more true today. With a modest telescope, a webcam, and a laptop the amateur of today can do as well as the big-time experts did in the past (but you'll need a newer book to read up on webcams).

To give you a flavor of the book, Dragesco presents two pages of math to show the theoretical maximum resolution of a small telescope, then mentions a particular photographer who routinely does better than that (and includes the picture in the book to prove it). It all has to do with the contrast of the target. I skimmed the math but I think I still understand his point.
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By Alberto L. Valldejuli on August 30, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Excellent product, great price and outstanding shipping. Highly recommended.
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By christopher Keller on December 13, 2014
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good book
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13 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Geoffrey Nash on March 5, 1999
Format: Hardcover
ANYONE WHO IS THINKING OF BUYING A TELESCOPE WOULD BE WISE TO READ WHAT I CALL THE BIBLE OF TELESCOPE BOOKS. MR. DRAGESCO GOES INTO DETAIL ABOUT WHY HE FEELS THAT CERTAIN TELESCOPES ARE BETTER THAN OTHERS. ALSO THIS BOOK GOES INTO DETAIL ABOUT PROCESSING PICTURES AND HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR PICTURES. I JUST CANNOT SAY ENOUGH GOOD ABOUT THIS BOOK AND HOW IT HELPED ME MAKE A WISE BUYING DECISION BEFORE I BOUGHT MY TELESCOPE. MR. DRAGESCO WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO WRITE ANOTHER GREAT BOOK? KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK,,,,GEOFF NASH
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