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Lessons from the Masters: Current Concepts in Astronomical Image Processing (The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series) Paperback – 11 Aug 2013

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2013 edition (11 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461478332
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461478331
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.4 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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“This book has evoked excitement all over the astrophotographic world. Edited by Robert Gendler and featuring articles by a team of the most celebrated amateur and semi-professional imagers, it provides tutorials in advanced astronomical image processing. … different imagers describe their workflows, giving a fascinating insight into how many contrasting ways there are to make great pictures. … This first edition is excellent … .” (Olly Penrice, Astronomy Now, March, 2014)

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There are currently thousands of amateur astronomers around the world engaged in astrophotography at increasingly sophisticated levels. Their ranks far outnumber professional astronomers doing the same and their contributions both technically and artistically are the dominant drivers of progress in the field today. This book is a unique collaboration of individuals, all world-renowned in their particular area, and covers in detail each of the major sub-disciplines of astrophotography. This approach offers the reader the greatest opportunity to learn the most current information and the latest techniques directly from the foremost innovators in the field today.


The book as a whole covers all types of astronomical image processing, including processing of eclipses and solar phenomena, extracting detail from deep-sky, planetary, and widefield images, and offers solutions to some of the most challenging and vexing problems in astronomical image processing. Recognized chapter authors include deep sky experts such as JAY GABANY, TONY HALLAS, ROBERT GENDLER, KEN CRAWFORD, high-resolution planetary expert DAMIAN PEACH, and the founder of The World at Night BABAK A. TAFRESHI, among other luminaries in the field of astronomical image processing.


A large number of quality illustrations help explain the critical concepts and complex techniques the modern astrophotographer will need to achieve the highest level of quality in their astronomical images.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on 1 April 2014
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Astro-imaging is a bit of a dark art. I have been attempting to make a reasonable attempt at it for years and you pick up a few tips along the way. This book essentially puts all the tips into one handy reference. Each section is written by a successful imager who basically guides the reader through a set process that they have used to good effect. You will learn about the programs as you go along and hopefully be able to repeat the process without forgetting it. I have learned a great deal from it and my images have improved as a result. I actually think this is one of the best books I have read on this subject and I have read a few over the years. If you want to improve your images then this book should be on your book shelf.
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By Miguel on 29 Mar. 2014
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Until now, it has exceed my expectations! It's really a great book to read and read it again, learning to reveal the beauty of the night sky as a form of art joining the technique and science.

Thank you to Robert Gendler and all the masters in the book.

Miguel Claro

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Received the book quickly. I chose this because the experts knowledge included in the book. It will help me for many years to come.
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By Mr. Michael G. Stone on 24 Oct. 2014
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Concise and professional.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Current Concepts In AIP A Must Have 3 Oct. 2013
By JoLo - Published on
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For anyone wishing to improve their astrophotography skills this book is excellent. I do not recommend it for those just starting out in astrophotography - there are other getting started books and guides out there - but for those who have invested the time and effort in AP and are moving up the learning curve, this book is an excellent resource.

The book is divided into chapters written by some of the top names in astrophotography - Tony Hallas, Robert Gendler, Ken Crawford, Jay GaBany, Babek Tafreshi and many others. The chapters concentrate on a single process or workflow, many of which inlcude step-by-step instructions for incorporating these techniques into your workflow. There are three chapters that outline an overall deepsky workflow that I found very helpful. Hallas' short chapter on noise reduction and his technique used to remove green pixels from the background was by itself worth the price of the book. Ken Crawford on HDR and PS mask refinement, Tafreshi's chapter on incorporating earth and sky, sections on wide field processing, color enhancement, the list goes on...

If there was one disappointment with the book, i would say it was Damian Peach on planetary / lunar photography. I was really looking forward to the chapter to improve my processing skills on these challenging objects, using my video camera and Registax. I found the chapter to be useless and very basic. It did not contain any tips or step by step techniques like the other chapters that i found to be so useful - it really didn't tell me anything I didn't already glean from the web and the astronomy forums.

But this is one minor complaint in an otherwise impressive guide for the midlevel astrophotographer. You will not be disappointed!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Great having all of the information in one place 7 Sept. 2013
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I'm a moderately-skilled deep-sky imager and a novice solar and planetary imager, and perhaps that explains my different impression of this book compared to a previous review. There is a lot here for the deep-sky imager, from theory to a wide range of processing techniques and workflows with different software packages, to two excellent chapters by Robert Gendler on "Aesthetics and Composition" (rarely discussed) and on "Hybrid Images" - there is perhaps less for the planetary and solar imager, but at my skill level the blend is perfect. Sure, much of the information is available in online tutorials by Ken Crawford and DVDs by Adam Block and Tony Hallas, but one thing I really like about this book is having it all in one place (in my case the Kindle version on my iPad). I also like the three chapters on Deep Sky Imaging workflow from three different astrophotographers as each offers a unique perspective. There is much here to digest and I can see that I will be perusing this book over and over to pick up tips to improve my deep sky images. Definitely a keeper for me.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A good survey of imaging concepts and practices 4 April 2014
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Will this book make you a world famous imager? No. Will it improve the quality of your images? Yes.

This is a thick book, not a simple cookbook howto guide. It opens with theory and each chapter covers a different aspect of astrophotography image processing. So whether you image deep space, planets or our own sun, there is something inside for you. Much of what is included can be found in other places, but this book brings it all together in one place. Most of the author's emphasize photoshop, but other image processing packages are discussed. If you use something else, at least the concepts will be helpful.

Why only four stars? Because ... *shrugs*

As a survey of all aspects of Astronomical imaging, it can't go deep into all areas. Likewise, the title refers to "Current Concepts" ... Some parts of imaging will change slowly, but others are changing rapidly. Will this book become dated? Yes. Is it dated now? No. Is it worth the money? Yes. Did I learn from the authors? Yes!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
"if you have an image essentially like this one 21 Mar. 2015
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Quite disappointing for me. I was hoping for a guide to "approaches" to difficult processing issues. The chapters in this book actual are more of a, "if you have an image essentially like this one, and use the image-processing program I do, here are the sliders to slide and the buttons to push." Still, that may be the kick-start you need, but probably only if you use PhotoShop. If you use something else for your image processing, probably 80% of the book will be too PS focused to be of much use. I see this book as an opportunity lost.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Useful Handbook 6 Feb. 2014
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This is a very useful handbook. It is really necessary to have the hardcopy version - the Kindle version of course misses the colour, but the major negative is that the equations don't show properly.

I would have liked more emphasis on Pixinsight, but that is a matter of personal preference rather than a real ctiticism.
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