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Capturing the Stars: Astrophotography by the Masters [Hardcover]

Robert Gendler
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Book Description

1 Jun 2009
Galaxies, star clusters, nebulae, and other deep-sky treasures fill the pages of this beautiful volume of space photography from ten of the most accomplished astrophotographers in the world. Along with the marvels of the night sky - the Andromeda and Whirlpool galaxies, the Pleiades and the Praesepe, the Orion and Crab nebulae, and many more - each section features a profile of the photographer's work, techniques, philosophy, and experiences. Compiled by the world's leading amateur astrophotographer, with an introduction to the history of space photography, this spectacular volume is an essential for every stargazer's bookshelf.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press Inc.,U.S.; 1 edition (1 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760335001
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760335000
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 11 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 769,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An eclectic collection of imagery compiled by one of the world's leading masters of astronomical imaging and features a potent mix of both amatuer and professional offerings. The book is printed in landscape format and its 9.5 x 11 inch size is perfect for the display of this type of material. The book opens with a foreward by professional astrophsycist and author Neil deGrasse tyson and continues witha short prefarce and introduction by Gendler. it's then straight onto the imagery that is accompanied by short biographies of the astrophotographers. the first two are featured are set in a historical cobtext, starting with EE Branard, a professional astronamer whose pioneering work at the end of the ninteenth century produced outstanding photographs of the Milky way. Next is William C Miller, who produced some of the best colour images of all tiem while working at the Mount Wilson and Palomar Observatories. The book then jumps to the present day with every apge featuring a breathtaking image, sometimes taken with just a huble DSLr camera but showing glorious constillations or the ghostly wraith of an aurora over a frozen landscape. Professional images are represented also and no book on astrophotography would be complete without images bt david malin, who worked as a photographic scientist at the Anglo-Australian Observatory form 1975 untill 2001. His amazing images inspired generations of amatuer astronomers and the pioneering technques he developed for photographic emulsions have become essential for modern digital photographers. I had several favourite contributions by the time I reached the end of this book. The amazing high-resolution solar corona images by Miroslav Druckmuller along with his images of Comet Mcnaught are breathtaking. The UK's own Damian Peach is rightly featured here with otustanding images of Jupiter, saturn and Mars, which i consider to be the best in the world. andy many contemporary amatuer images, such as Russell Croman, Damian Verschatse, Johannes Schedler, Ken Crawford and of course Robert gendler himself have contributed outstanding imagery. The latter is to be congratulated for sourcing such gems and the low price of the book makes this a compulsory purcahse for any shelf of any aspiring astrophotographer. --Astronomy Now, November, 2009

About the Author

Robert Gendler is the world's leading amateur astrophotographer. A physician who spends his free time taking pictures of the night sky, he is the author and photographer of A Year in the Life of the Universe, and his images appear regularly in Sky and Telescope magazine.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Great pictures, light on content 14 Sep 2010
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If you want to see the state of the art in astro-photography from essentially the amateur world look no further. The pictures are absolutely stunning and the print quality excellent as well. The reason I only gave three stars is that I found I wanted more information about the pictures, how they were taken etc. It is all a bit lightweight technically - more what I would call a coffee table book. There is quite a long introduction, with some references to the history of astro-photography, all a bit florid for my taste. Each section (grouped by photographer)has a brief biopic; followed by a portfolio of their pictures. The pictures are named, with possibly a few brief notes, but not much else. I kept feeling it was missing something, why was this picture taken? How much effort did it entail? Did the photographer like it? etc. Conclusion a good book but could have been much better, they have aimed it too much for general interest.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pictures to inspire 22 July 2009
By G. Smith - Published on
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This is a great book for browsing and for getting inspiration. There is a wide variety of photographs covering the sun, planets, aurora, meteors, comets and deep sky objects of all types. There are some very nice fusions of landscape and sky. This is essentially a picture book and such books stand or fall on the quality and merits of their pictures. This book passes such a test with ease. The pictures themselves are of a quality that is achieved by only a select few and the quality of reproduction is excellent. Each picture is accompanied by a succinct description of the object.

However I do have some criticisms. Nowhere are there any details of the exposure or of the telescope used. It would have been nice to have an appendix with this information and perhaps also an indication of the scale. The page numbering system is a little odd. Pages 1-8 occur before the list of contents. Also, in many cases the pictures cover the whole page and in this case the page numbers are not printed. This means having to search for a numbered page and then counting from there to locate a particular page number.

I have noticed some glaring and quite inexplicable factual errors in the figure captions. On Page 41 there is a picture of a crescent moon, 3 or 4 days old. The caption says"Earth's shadow transforms the lunar surface into a stark and desolate landscape of mountains, valleys and craters". What is this supposed to mean? The Earth's shadow has got nothing to do with the visibility of features on a crescent moon.
On Page 42, there is a picture of a transit of Mercury. The caption is quite explicit that what is seen is the SHADOW of Mercury on the sun and not Mercury itself.

However these are relatively minor points and this is a book which I have no hesitation in recommending.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautful, but..... 11 Sep 2009
By Robert L. Shartrand - Published on
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This book is a compilation of the best of the best! I highly recommend it to everyone. The labor of love that went into making these images is astounding. I do astrophotograhy myself and I can understand the efforts invloved. However,
I do wish more technical details were given explaining how (exposures, imagers, processing, telescopes, and mounts) these fantastic images were aquired.
I look forward to a sequel!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it! 13 Dec 2010
By William James - Published on
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In Capturing The Stars, Robert Gendler exposes a deep passion for the cosmos and astronomy. The book is a stunning exposé of professional and amature astronomers, laced with dazzling images of the visible universe. This is not meant to be a technical manual or teaching tool. It is a beautiful display of love that the author holds for the universe and astronomy. I highly recommend this book. - William James
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!!! 1 Feb 2011
By Ronald A. Zincone - Published on
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Robert Gendler is a master of astroimaging! This book is well-done with lots of information and gorgeous astro imagery!!!! Go get it...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Pictures 9 Jan 2010
By Amiel Sabbagh - Published on
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The images are breathtaking, but it would have been nice to know what type of telescope, camera, etc, was used for each picture.
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