on 16 April 2013
A very well written book and the author gives an excellent procedure to attain high quality and scientifically valid work for the community. However, though the title makes clear that the intent is to improve your own astrophotography by minimising error present in your setup and to have a plan of action it may be a little disappointing if a buyer thinks this book will help the beginner in getting their astro shots to a high standard. There are many books suitable for the beginner but very few for the more advanced and this book is an ideal contribution to the latter.
on 29 January 2014
In his introduction, the author, Gerald Hubbell, make great stand that as a 'mentor' to the astrophotographic needs in his local society and with years in the nuclear industry (so does Homer), he purports to be qualified to write this book, despite only 4yrs experience as an astrophotographer. It showed! After reading 50 pages and having learned nothing except how to spend vast sums on equipment, I was getting bored.By page 100, I was getting irritated by the sloppiness and wordiness of the writing, particularly having read about the selection of filters in which he describe solar filters as either Mylar film with a 'coating' or glass filter with a 'coating'. Doesn't he realize that only metallic coating are suitable for solar imaging. Not saying so is downright negligent. By page 200 I had lost the will to live and had started to flick through the remainder of the book. It really wasn't worth the effort. The final insult was a list of well over 120 acronyms, many of which as a technical writer (?) Mr Hubbell had concocted for this book.
The very best parts of the book are the lists of recommended reading at the end of the chapters. I have purchased many of them over many years as a reasonably experienced astrophotographer and endorse his choice of sound, knowledgeable expertise. My impression is that Mr Hubbell had come to the same conclusion; then decided that with four years experience he could write one too. He couldn't and didn't.