- Hardcover: 160 pages
- Publisher: Voyageur Press; First edition (June 12, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0760335001
- ISBN-13: 978-0760335000
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 1 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,313,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Capturing the Stars: Astrophotography by the Masters First Edition
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From the Back Cover
To gaze at the stars is to look at the infinite wonder of the universe. To capture the details and beauty of the night sky in photographs is a tantalizing scientific art that many attempt and few master. That rare mastery is on full display in this gallery of spectacular portraits taken by the most accomplished astrophotographers in the world. Turn the pages for a breathtaking showcase of aurora, constellations, comets, eclipses, the sun, the moon, planets, galaxies, star clusters, and nebulae. This stunning volume is essential for every stargazer’s bookshelf.
About the Author
Foreword writer Neil deGrasse Tyson is a professional astrophysicist. He is the director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History and the host of NOVA scienceNOW on PBS. Tyson is the author of nine books on the universe, most recently Death by Black Hole and The Pluto Files. He lives in New York City.
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However I do have some criticisms. Nowhere are there any details of the exposure or of the telescope used. It would have been nice to have an appendix with this information and perhaps also an indication of the scale. The page numbering system is a little odd. Pages 1-8 occur before the list of contents. Also, in many cases the pictures cover the whole page and in this case the page numbers are not printed. This means having to search for a numbered page and then counting from there to locate a particular page number.
I have noticed some glaring and quite inexplicable factual errors in the figure captions. On Page 41 there is a picture of a crescent moon, 3 or 4 days old. The caption says"Earth's shadow transforms the lunar surface into a stark and desolate landscape of mountains, valleys and craters". What is this supposed to mean? The Earth's shadow has got nothing to do with the visibility of features on a crescent moon.
On Page 42, there is a picture of a transit of Mercury. The caption is quite explicit that what is seen is the SHADOW of Mercury on the sun and not Mercury itself.
However these are relatively minor points and this is a book which I have no hesitation in recommending.
I do wish more technical details were given explaining how (exposures, imagers, processing, telescopes, and mounts) these fantastic images were aquired.
I look forward to a sequel!