Digital SLR Astrophotography
Written by Michael A. Covington, 2nd Edition October 2018
In the last few years, digital SLR cameras have taken the astrophotography world by storm. It is now easier to photograph the stars than ever before! They are compact and portable, flexible to adapt with different lenses and for telescope use, and above all DSLR cameras are easy and enjoyable to use. In this 2nd edition, experienced astrophotography expert Michael Covington outlines the simple, enduring basics that will enable you to get started, and help you get the most from your equipment. He covers a wide selection of equipment, simple and advanced projects, technical considerations and image processing techniques. Unlike other astrophotography books, this one focuses specifically on DSLR cameras, not astronomical CCDs, non-DSLR digital cameras, or film. This guide is ideal for astrophotographers who wish to develop their skills using DSLR cameras and as a friendly introduction to amateur astronomers or photographers curious about photographing the night sky.
Digital SLR cameras have made it easier than ever before to photograph the night sky. Whether you're a beginner, nature photographer, or serious astronomer, this is the definitive handbook to capturing the heavens. Starting with simple projects for beginners such as cameras on tripods, it then moves onto more advanced projects including telescope photography and methods of astronomical research. With 80% revised and updated material, this new edition covers nightscapes, eclipses, using cameras with sky trackers and telescopes, and tools for identifying celestial objects and investigating them scientifically. Image processing is discussed in detail, with worked examples from three popular software packages - Nebulosity, Maxlm DL, and PixInsight. Rather than taking a recipe-book approach, Covington explains how your equipment works as well as offering advice on many practical considerations, such as choice of set-up and the testing of lenses, making this a comprehensive guide for anyone involved in astrophotography.
- Amateurs with affordable, easily portable equipment now get better pictures of the sky than professional observatories did half a century ago
- A comprehensive yet accessible handbook providing guidelines for both beginners and experienced astrophotographers
- Includes simple projects which can be carried out with just a camera and tripod, as well as more advanced material - up to introductory research-level, for example, variable-star photometry
- The first book specifically for DSLR astrophotography, a rapidly growing area of amateur astronomy
- Covers the basics and bare essentials without going too in-depth
- Examples use the most common types of camera, but the instructions are general enough for all DSLR cameras and software
- Date Published: 2nd Edition, October 2018
- Format: Paperback
- ISBN: 9781316639931
- Length: 364 pages
- Dimensions: 245 x 190 x 17 mm
- Weight: 0.8kg