- Paperback: 344 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 16, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1484143477
- ISBN-13: 978-1484143476
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 75 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #231,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Astrophotography can be one of the most rewarding pursuits of a lifetime, it can also be one of the most daunting. This book uses over 200 illustrations, images, charts and graphs in addition to the text to help you understand what equipment you will need and how to make it all work so you can create breathtaking images of the heavens.
From purchasing your first astrophotography telescope, hooking up your camera, taking long exposure images, and finally processing that finished image, this book will be your indispensable guide.
If you have ever wanted to take photographs of glowing nebulae, spiral galaxies and shimmering star clusters, this is the reference you want on your desk as well as with you out under the stars.
I will take you on a journey exploring in-depth details of field rotation and focusing methods, as well as explaining not just the what and how, but the ever important why. Actually see why you stack multiple images and what effect it has. Don't just read about how the atmosphere affects imaging, see it through experimentation that you can do at home on your own!
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The author is very fair, he talks about his preferred methods and equipment but does not skimp on the details for the other options that are available. The very first thing he discusses in the book is everyone's greatest concern: cost. It is very detailed (like everything else in the book) and does not direct you one way or another, just lets you know the options depending on your desired result.
He talks in detail about the different mounts, autoguiders, telescopes, cameras, accessories, and programs needed to process the images. This book is really a one-stop-shop as far as it goes for astrophotography. I have learned more in reading 75 pages of this book than I have with about a month of research browsing forums online. I am pleasantly surprised and highly recommend this book for anyone looking to start this hobby!
I consider the book indispensable, and I continue to get more good information out of it as I learn more. If I had to choose among the books that I have on the subject, this one would be my choice, hands down. (But, to be clear, I am greatly relieved that I am not forced to make that choice.)
I bought this book before I purchased any astronomy gear. I believe that reading it and largely, if not completely, following Mr. Hall's advice, helped me build up an inventory of astrophotography gear that I use regularly, and helped me avoid spending money on things that I don't need, or that I would later want to replace with something "better" meaning that I'd have spent money twice on one thing.
The book is a great investment.
I love this book (first bought kindle... love it so much, that I also bought the hardcopy, because it does take baby steps... The author will not start with unfamiliar terms, without first introducing them.
The build-up is tremendous... it certainly starts with the basics giving you a very thorough background... even when I "thought" I had surmounted some of those fledgling challenges... I now know not only what I did wrong, but why it was wrong and how to fix it.
Look, I'm pretty picky, and yes very resourceful, so I have been hitting the internet but still, have not found all the information.. and certainly not as well organized as the author presents it.
So, now I'm checking for other books this author may have written.
Great job Allan! thank you.
The author also listed every single component of his system which was extremely helpful. All the 'minor' components such as filters to flashlights add up to be a sizable amount of money and needs to taken into account when selecting the components for your system. I found the easiest way to put together my system was to list all the components needed by name and then set the total dollar amount I wanted to spend. After that it becomes a balancing act as to how much you can afford to spend on each component. My list of components consists of 50 items.
My toughest dilemma is deciding on what type of camera to use. The basic technology of telescopes doesn't change much over the years, but the camera technology and CCD capabilities are changing quickly and there are many choices. I am still researching. I also think going ahead and spending the 'extra' money on top of the line software and a good telescope mount is of major importance from a photography standpoint.
I have had many hobbies in my life and the one thing I find to be true is that if you truly think you are going to immerse yourself in a particular hobby then go ahead and spend the money upfront to get what you probably will end up with in the end. Starting with 'sub par' equipment and then working your way up to the system you really want in my opinion is a frustrating route to take and not the best from a financial, time, and enjoyment standpoint. I would say this is especially true with Astrophotography. Going to all the trouble that it takes to get a photograph of a planet or a deep space object to find out that the quality isn't what you are wanting isn't my idea of a good time. If I want a full size truck I don't need to start with a wheelbarrow. But, then again I don't have an unlimited budget so the importance of picking and choosing the components with a budgeted amount of money becomes important which with me is an enjoyable part of any hobby. Did I get the best bang for my buck?! In that regard this book pointed me down a good path.
I don't think an experienced photographer would find this book 'hard to put down', but as a newbie to Astrophotography this book was very valuable and I will forever blame this book in causing me to spend more money on this hobby than I wanted. LOL
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