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High Resolution Astrophotography (Practical Astronomy Handbooks) Hardcover – 20 Jul 1995

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  • Hardcover: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (20 July 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521415888
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521415880
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 1.5 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,089,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"High Resolution Astrophotography is a practical and inspirational handbook and a must for those considering entering the high-resolution astrophotography field." The Strolling Astronomer

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How do you get the highest possible resolution from your telescope? For those interested in photographing the Sun, Moon and planets, this 1995 volume provides a detailed reference guide: it is packed with practical tips to improve your techniques, and provides a wealth of stunning images by talented amateur astronomers.

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HASH(0xa3764528) out of 5 stars An excellent book of a bygone era...(10 years ago it would be 5 stars ) 4 April 2007
By G. I. Koronis - Published on
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As Jean Dragesco says in the final conclusion in this book: "This book is quite probably the last to be devoted to high resolution obtained by the methods of photography". Oriented exclusively on film high resolution solar, lunar and planetary photography it's competely outdated. The info on seeing conditions, types of telescopes etc is excellent and still usefull though. The era of film planetary photography has passed... TP 2415 (the best film for planetary photography) has been out of production for years... from the film developers mentioned in the book Agfa Rodinal can't be found anymore, as Agfa has gone out of business. If you are interested to see how the old timers could achieve really impressive planetary photographs on film this book may be of interest to you, but the price of 75$ seems too high, if you want to take real high resolution images yourself by modern means (I don't use the word photographs)look elsewhere.
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HASH(0xa41191a8) out of 5 stars Lots of interesting ideas, many still relevant in 2012... for $15 7 Mar. 2012
By Charles Hall - Published on
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Written in 1995, the webcam revolution in astrophotography was still in the future. The author mentions CCD cameras, but virtually all of the book concerns B&W film photography. That said, the comments on telescopes, seeing, magnification, etc. are still relevant today. And the somewhat controversial statements about what works and what doesn't are a breath of fresh air even today.

The subject of the book is "high resolution" astrophotography. In this context he means the moon and planets, in black and white. Every opinion expressed in the book is based upon that premise. In fact, this approach yields some startling conclusions:

- A dome is the worst possible type of structure (bad air currents).
- Huge telescopes can never reach their theoretical max. resolution, the air is never clear and calm enough.
- A small telescope (he likes about a 10" reflector) can take better pictures than the Dawes Limit formula predicts.
- A small telescope can actually do better than a big telescope. Period.

All of this is music to the ears of a typical amateur and much of it is even more true today. With a modest telescope, a webcam, and a laptop the amateur of today can do as well as the big-time experts did in the past (but you'll need a newer book to read up on webcams).

To give you a flavor of the book, Dragesco presents two pages of math to show the theoretical maximum resolution of a small telescope, then mentions a particular photographer who routinely does better than that (and includes the picture in the book to prove it). It all has to do with the contrast of the target. I skimmed the math but I think I still understand his point.

There are also chapters on how he took the viewfinder off his SLR and replaced it with a microscope to better check the focus. He has pictures of the cameras of the day too. To give you an idea of what they were up against back then, he mentions taking 5200 photos and getting only 40 worth keeping. Yikes! We stand on the shoulders of giants!

I got my used copy for $15. You'd be nuts to spend much more but I had a lot of fun reading it.
HASH(0xa2e655dc) out of 5 stars Great work ! 7 Jun. 2015
By Willio - Published on
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Fascinating piece of work, includes a lot of valuable real world experience in astrophotography.
HASH(0xa2a106e4) out of 5 stars Five Stars 30 Aug. 2014
By Alberto L. Valldejuli - Published on
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Excellent product, great price and outstanding shipping. Highly recommended.
HASH(0xa2a10a8c) out of 5 stars Five Stars 13 Dec. 2014
By christopher Keller - Published on
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good book
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