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How to Photograph the Moon and Planets with Your Digital Camera (The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series) [Paperback]

Tony Buick , Philip Pugh
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28 Jan 2011 1441958274 978-1441958273 2nd ed. 2011

Although astronomical CCD cameras can be very costly, digital cameras – the kind you use on holiday – on the other hand, are relatively inexpensive. Moreover, their technology – especially thermal noise, sensitivity (ISO number) and resolution – has progressed to a point where such cameras are more than capable of photographing the brighter astronomical objects.

Now Tony Buick has teamed up with fellow author and astro imager Phil Pugh, to produce a completely revised, updated, and extended second edition to How to Photograph the Moon and Planets with your Digital Camera, first published in 2006. The revisions take into account changing (and improving) camera technology, and some items which are now available commercially but which previously had to be home-made. The section of solar observing has been expanded to include observing by H-alpha light, and among the many additional sections are photographing the constellations, aurorae, and basic post-imaging processing.

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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2nd ed. 2011 edition (28 Jan 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441958274
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441958273
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 15.6 x 22.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 415,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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On the first edition (2006): Buick, an experienced amateur astronomer, uses his own images... to illustrate a variety of equipment... [N]ovice imagers can rest assured that the images here are what the beginner can realistically expect to achieve... I enjoyed this book, and learned from it too. --Peter Grego, in Popular Astronomy, July-September 2006 The color images he has produced – there are over 300 of them in the book – are of breathtaking quality. His book is more than a manual of techniques (including details of how to make a low-cost DIY camera mount) and examples; it also provides a concise photographic atlas of the whole of the nearside of the Moon – with every image made using a standard digital camera – and describes the various lunar features, including the sites of manned and robotic landings.

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Although our Moon and the planets have not changed much in the five years since the first edition of this book was published, the technology allowing you to photograph them has changed dramatically. And the costs for equipment have come down significantly, opening all kinds of possibilities to the amateur and practical astronomer. With this practical guide to taking quality shots in your own backyard, with all the light pollution found in cities and towns today and using only very basic equipment, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish. Whether you want to dazzle friends or contribute to the scientific understanding of a particular body, whether you are a fan of solar photography or craters on the Moon, the rings of Saturn, or the bands of clouds that color Jupiter, in this book you will find help and support, and clear explanations of how best to proceed. This is a hobby you can stay with for a lifetime and keep on improving. You can get fancier equipment or just learn how to better post process your snaps. Either way, you can benefit from the knowledge and experience the authors of this book share. Don’t waste more time wishing you could capture the beauty found in the heavens! Read how, and get started now!

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction to astrophotography 19 April 2006
This book is an excellent introduction to astrophotography and shows just what amazing astro images you can take with very simple and cheap equipment. The author's own images of the moon are stunning and have all been taken with modest equipment. Step by step he shows you how to use standard digital cameras to take amazing images yourself. I would recommend this book to anyone looking to take astro images on a shoestring.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
This very practical volume, by amateur astronomer Dr Tony Buick, does all it says in the title - and much more. The reader is encouraged to snap away merrily, taking advantage of the Moon's wobbles, to capture unusual shots that would even have 'wowed' Galileo.

Useful extras are tips on image improvements, and summaries of the various theories of the origins of the Earth & Moon, and the moons of other planets. Regions & craters on the Moon are listed and superbly illustrated, as are lunar landings, transits & eclipses.Locals will be delighted at the inclusion of the Otford Planetary Model, which now extends around the World. Publication in paperback version is timely,

as the race for the Moon is renewed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Arthur
Regards from Russia. Great book for everyone! It gives not only the knowledge of how to photograph the Moon, but also attracts with its high quality photos that are available aplenty in the book. Photos are so detailed that could be used for deep investigation of the Moon. The manner of writing makes the book easy to read. As the Moon is seen from all parts of the world ;;))may be it would be good idea to translate the book to other languages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ...excellent and very interesting book... 6 April 2006
I live in Estonia and have just purchased this excellent and very interesting book. The author fascinatingly and simply introduces, step by step, a technique for photographing the Moon with a normal digital camera. The hundreds of pictures shown are wonderful and I hope to be able to use this technique to obtain the pictures for myself. I will now be buying this amazing book for my friends, as gifts, to encourage them also to take detailed photographs with their normal camera. This is a book for anyone, not just astronomers
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good advice from starting from page 1 22 April 2007
What I really like about this book is that on the first night of picking it up I was able to take some good picture of the Moon and Venus (landscape type picture since they were close together). The other aspect is the detail of items to search for on the moon, this is good cause my telescope is only 80mm and really the moon is the only decent object to view (apologies to experts of imaging with webcams). So rather than be-moan the lack of technical equipment I can focus my efforts on something that is achievable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great guide for beginner's Lunar photography 28 Mar 2006
Fascinating book with fantastic images! It's simple to follow and helps you obtain your own impressive pics. Makes it worthwhile standing outside in the cold night air.
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