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.