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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2009 edition (1 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441906029
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441906021
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.3 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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“Kier comes to the rescue with targets that are well placed at different times during each month. … Each target has a colour image and a description, plus advice on the equipment you’ll need. There’s useful advice on processing too. … seasoned imagers will enjoy this book.” (Steve Richards, Sky at Night Magazine, February, 2010)

“This book is one of the Patrick Moore’s Practical Astronomy series from Springer, aimed at the practising … amateur astronomer. … The book’s intent is to provide a visually compelling list of the 100 most interesting deep sky objects from the perspective of a digital imager, more precisely of the CCD user. … This book is a good starter for going beyond the early shots and provides a reasonable reference on what to expect from each target … .” (Andrea Tasselli, Journal of the British Astronomical Association, Vol. 120 (1), 2010)

“Ruben Kier, a highly accomplished astrophotographer, has compiled an impressive list of 100 objects, arranged in order of when they are best placed for observers in the Northern Hemisphere. … Though the book is clearly aimed at the established imager … . I was particularly impressed at how well some deep sky objects can now be imaged even with the full moon in the sky. The book will serve as an inspiration to those wishing to take their CCD imaging to the next level.” (Neil English, Astronomy Now, May, 2010)

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Astronomical observing and photography are favorite pastimes of yours. You want to combine the two, but you’re not sure how. Or perhaps you have dabbled in astronomy for a while and want to take another step.

What do you photograph? Will something that looks amazing as you peer at it through a telescope look the same in a photograph? There are so many dazzling sights in the night sky. How to choose?

Ruben Kier has some answers for you. With his technical expertise and wide experience as both a visual observer and a photographer, he can help you attain some of the best images you can imagine, perhaps ones you will want to send to a magazine or proudly put up on your website. And the secret is – it’s not that hard! It’s mostly a matter of choosing the right subjects and then doing the necessary post-processing to get results that will dazzle.

So get out there on the next clear night and create something to show for your efforts. Your friends will be impressed, and you will be thrilled at how you are able to combine the two passions of your life into one.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on 7 Oct. 2012
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Astro-imaging is a bit of a 'dark art' and you have to overcome a number of problems before any really decent results will be obtained. This book gives a very readable and in-depth account of how to overcome those problems. The advice given is clear, very clear, and is ideal for anyone starting out in this area of photography. In addition to the good advice there are 100 targets set out month by month. In short it is one of the best books on this subject that I have read. I have been imaging for only a short while and several things that I have noticed have been explained in this book and I now know what to do to improve. I cannot praise this book highly enough. Even seasoned imagers will gain something from it. I am so impressed with it that I think it should be sold with astronomy cameras, or even included in the purchase. Just brilliant!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David W. Banes on 27 Mar. 2013
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I thought it would be useful to have an electronic version of the paperback for when I went out with my telescope and camera and for that purpose it is fine. My only disappointment was that the photographs are in black and white. I suppose if you have the normal Kindle then that is OK but I view it on my Mac and iPad and much of the splendour and details of the objects are in their colour so it seems shortsighted that this has been rendered in B&W. This was further compounded by the fact that I recall no mention of this in the description - indeed the description is of the Book only - not of the Kindle version per se. Would I have bought it if I had known this? Probably not - as I have the paperback.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Keith T. Morris on 14 Oct. 2011
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A brilliant referrence for new commers to mono ccd imaging. Well worth the money I paid and several of my friends who have seen it have also gone out and bought one.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John E. Slinn on 7 Jan. 2011
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This book was recommended to me by two of my astro buddies and I can see why.

The choice of targets are great, a mixture of the bright favourites, Messier Caldwell etc but also some lesser known objects which breaks up the usual run of the mill 'must image' targets.

There is a description of the object, size and location and tips on the best equipment/lenses to frame it correctly, plus helpful hints on how to process the image afterwards, all in all, a great little book *****!
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I've owned this a couple of years and still refer to it frequently, as the layout lets you know what interesting targets are in the sky now, and helps plan for those in the months ahead. Although aimed at CCD users I found this extremely useful when I only had a DSLR, letting me know what targets were possible and which to leave till I had a CCD. I found the advice on how different targets need to be processed differently a great help in planning a photo session, saving time in taking just the shots I need rather than the same method for everything approach.
Highly recommend to the beginner seeking new or more challenging objects, my only reservation being that this is written by a N Hemisphere observer so of more limited use to anyone in the S Hemisphere.
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Although I use a DSLR, this nice book gives you a decent guide on what to photograph in the sky by month from the well known to the obscure. It gives useful information about exposure length, size of field required and tips on processing each photo. Highly recommended if you are a reasonably experienced astrographer and want to go beyond the standard Andromeda shot.
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