Gendler is currently THE master of astrophotography, and this book in a great showcase of his work AND ideas on image processing. For those who live "down under" this is a source of inspiration; for those in northern climes, it's an excuse to pack your bags!
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This is a gorgeous book of photographs of southern deep space objects.
As there are so many (countless) deep space objects (DSOs), there will always be an argument by people about objects left out of the book. For example, some might be surprised to find objects from within the Orion constellation featured in this book, but actually they might be even more surprised to know that the Orion constellation is visible two thirds of the way up Rio de Janeiro's evening sky's in January. Being in the southern hemisphere, though, it appears upside down from the way us northerners are used to seeing it.
This book actually only features objects situated south of the celestial equator, so the title, Treasures of the Southern Skies, is accurate.
The photos are outstanding and the quality of execution is flawless. The text is clear and understandable to most - no degree in astronomy required.
At first I was a little put off because there was no technical information about the images, such as field of view, aperture, exposure times, etc., the kind of information an astrophotographer would like in order to try his or her own hand at photographing some of those objects. However, then I noticed a lot of the pictures were taken from the Hubble Space Telescope and from other telescopes not accessible to most amateur astronomers (such as 2.2 meter telescopes). This makes the photos all the more outstanding because they are not the kind that one is likely to take on one's own.
The objects in the book are organized by seasons, which is a non technical way of saying they are organized by Right Ascension. Often there are two photos, a small overall photo of the object, then a full page photo taken with with a large telescope or the Hubble Space Telescope of some interesting detail of the object.
It is often said that the southern skies contain the most beautiful deep sky objects in the heavens. This book showcases a sampling of them. Highly recommended. As a complement, you might also want to look at Pearls of the Southern Skies by Willasch and Slotegraaf.