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Getting Started: Budget Astrophotography Paperback – March 15, 2014
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From the Back Cover
From the author of Getting Started: Long Exposure Astrophotography and the Messier Astrophotography Reference comes a book showing you how to produce wonderful astrophotos without the astronomical costs normally associated with the hobby. From a DSLR, to a point and shoot, and even using your phone, you can capture beautiful images of the sun, moon, clusters, galaxies and nebulae without breaking the bank.
A complete image processing walkthrough is included using only freely downloadable software.
Discussed inside are telescopes, adapters, do-it-yourself projects, software and processing techniques to help you photograph the skies without spending a fortune.
Already have a telescope or other equipment? No problem, it will help you make the most of what you already have as well as show you what you can buy or make yourself to improve your images.
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I found that this book offered a very good bridge between those who are experienced in photography (myself) or those who are experienced with visual astronomy and want to cross into astrophotography. The book is based on a premise of operating under a budget which is an excellent feature for people just getting started as most books (including this one) outline the 'optimal' or near-'perfect' setup as requiring upwards of 10K$ at which point most newcomers would run screaming for the hills. This book is very good at showing you how you can capture fantastic images to spark and satisfy the curiosity on a relatively low cost setup. Then when you see how much you enjoy (or perhaps don't enjoy) the field of astrophotography you can decide to expand your supply of equipment as you improve the setup. The book even outlines how some of the elements of the starting set up can be augmented to fill supporting roles in a more advanced setup in the future.
This book was written after some of the other similar books by Allan Hall so at times he does reference back to his other books but never in a manner that leaves a reader that doesn't own the other books like he isn't getting all the information he needs. Rather Hall outlines what he wants to outline and suggests checking his other book for more information which typically is for set-ups that go beyond the realm of 'budget' astrophotography.
The value of this book is largely determined by the reader. If budgets and prices are significant concerns or if the reader is just getting started and is looking for more understanding prior to the shopping process then this book is a great start. For more experienced individuals in astrophotography or who are not concerned with budgets and just want to find that really great setup the book would offer little help.
At a kindle price of 10$ it is chock full of tidbits and information for the beginning astrophotographer and I highly recommend it. Now I am going to try out one of Hall's other books.
If you have a basic understanding of astronomy and want to look into astrophotography, this is a GREAT book to get you started!