- Paperback: 476 pages
- Publisher: New Astronomy Press (January 1, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0971123705
- ISBN-13: 978-0971123700
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.1 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #447,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Ron Wodaski wrote his first how-to book in the early 90s, and finally realized he was nuts about astronomy 10 years later. He bought a telescope, started imaging with some of the very first CCD cameras available. When he could not find a reference book on the subject, he wrote his own. Today, Ron is director of the Tzec Maun Foundation, which provides free access to telescopes to students over the internet.
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Top Customer Reviews
The book is rather large in physical size (8.5" by 11") and very easy to read and understand. Appears Ron made all of the mistakes a beginning ccd imager makes and wrote the book to help eliminate the heads associated with learning the hobby. I would place this text along side the film classics such as Covington's "Astrophotography for the Amateur" and the one and only "A manual of advanced celestial photography" by Brad Wallis and Robert Provin (Wallis and Provin have a lot of information on optics and mounts that I see as invaluable for imagers) as must haves for an amateur astronomer's bookshelf.
Much of the instructions are given for Maxim DL ($500) and CCDSoft (which primarily supports SBIG cameras). The most popular CCD cameras on the market now are the Meade DSI line for introductory users, and no attention is given to them at all, or the Autostar and Envisage software.
As well, many of us are LX200 owners who bought our scopes and went into imaging later and can't afford to upgrade to Astro-Physics mounts and Takahashi OTAs. Or purchase SBIG cameras. I would recommend some section devoted to entry-level equipment, as many of us will eventually upgrade later and use the information in the text, just not right away.
Other than that, I learned a ton from this book and still recommend it highly. It will last me for years, and the web site support is fabulous. Just wish I had the author's budget for equipment.