- Series: The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series
- Paperback: 380 pages
- Publisher: Springer; 1st ed. 2016 edition (September 9, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 3319256807
- ISBN-13: 978-3319256801
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 66 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
In this book, Warren Keller reveals the secrets of astro-image processing software PixInsight in a practical and easy to follow manner, allowing the reader to produce stunning astrophotographs from even mediocre data. As the first comprehensive post-processing platform to be created by astro-imagers for astro-imagers, it has for many, replaced the generic graphics editors as the software of choice. With clear instructions from Keller, astrophotographers can get the most from its tools to create amazing images. Capable of complex post-processing routines, PixInsight is also an advanced pre-processing software, through which astrophotographers calibrate and stack their exposures into completed master files.This is the most comprehensive resource on PixInsight to date. With screenshots to help illustrate the process, it is a vital guide.
About the Author
Warren Keller is a published astro-imager (APOD, Sky & Telescope and Astronomy magazines) and teacher of image processing. He has presented at the Northeast, Midwest, and Advanced Imaging Conferences, and written extensively on the subject. A four-time Sky & Telescope author, Keller also produced the definitive commercial video tutorial series on PixInsight.
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Is it perfect? Maybe not, but, as it stands alone in the market, you'd be hard pressed to find anything better. And that's not to knock the book. It is easy to read; informative, authoritative, and detailed and practical. This book sets an extremely high bar, and any other author will have to work very hard to clear that bar if they want to compete.
In the book Mr. Keller covers image processing from start to finish, offering tips about acquisition as well as processing. It will take more than reading this book to make one an expert, but, having read the book one will be in a position, I think, to begin to become an expert. This book will, at the very least, carry a novice past the initial frustration with PixInsight, and embolden the novice to begin to explore the power of the program.
I'd recommend this book without reservation; it is well worth the price.
From the first read through I learned additional steps that immediately helped me improve image quality. After using Pixinsight about a year before I purchased the book I finally feel like I have a structured processing path to build on and understand the logic of each step rather than just performing a laundry list of steps provided by others without an understanding of why.
The book is well worth the money!!
So after my very first slightly out of focus imaging session I am pretty happy with first light and first complete processing with Pixinsight.
Not enough data acquisition from the Horsehead so hope to gather more this weekend.
Update March 2017. I still review the book regularly and often while I am processing. It sure makes the learning easier. I would say this book is a must have!
Just posted my latest images to show my progress so far. All of my images here are processed in Pixinsight,
Buyers should be aware that this book should NOT be the first resource to turn to in order to learn PixInsight. The author does not "waste" time going over the PixInsight user interface or covering the very basics. Instead, in the Introduction, he directs us to web resources that do an excellent job of covering this material (including resources by the author himself).
There are many processes and scripts in PixInsight. There are several that perform noise reduction, as well as several that can be used for sharpening the image. In addition, each process, and script, may have numerous parameters that may be set, affecting how the process or script processes the image. Warren's book guides you through this, first by suggesting a workflow (for example, if you are combining luminance, R, G and B images to form a final color image, the workflow chart is on page 247) for each type of image processing, and also by suggesting values for the parameters for the various processes and scripts, parameters that have been shown, through experience, to work well in most cases.
A reviewer suggested that one could do better by searching out the PixInsight resources on the web. We had to do that in the past when this book was not available. You can still do that today, but it is a lot of work, and frustration, and what you get is of variable quality. Furthermore, different people do things in different ways due to the richness of PixInsight, which in the end tends to be confusing to the novice.
The advantage of having this book is that the reader can follow one consistent source of information from start to finish, and it is comprehensive enough to provide a good grounding in PixInsight. From there, the reader can then explore PixInsight, and other resources (including Warren Keller's excellent video series) on their own, and perhaps adapt their astro image processing in variance to what Mr. Warren Keller recommends. However, Mr. Keller is a pretty good teacher and practitioner of the art, having had his images selected as NASA's APOD (Astronomy Picture of the Day) more than once, so his advice is worth it.
The book is well illustrated with B&W, and where appropriate, color screen shots. Many screen shots are annotated.