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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent reference for those starting out
Great starting point for anyone interested in starting up with astrophotography. This book starts off (as you'd expect) with the basics - what to look for in a telescope, then moves onto sections on how to take photos with everything from a digital compact, a webcam(!), a dSLR then finally an astronomical CCD camera.
Each section is further broken down into the same...
Published on 20 Feb 2008 by D. Graham

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction
This book is a good introduction in the field of astrophotography. But that is all. If you need a deeper analysis an almost all subjects dealt in this book, you need another book. It is good for the newcomer. It does not add anything to anybody who has read or studied relevant issues e.g. from the Internet.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent reference for those starting out, 20 Feb 2008
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D. Graham (Wakefield, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Digital Astrophotography: A Guide to Capturing the Cosmos (Paperback)
Great starting point for anyone interested in starting up with astrophotography. This book starts off (as you'd expect) with the basics - what to look for in a telescope, then moves onto sections on how to take photos with everything from a digital compact, a webcam(!), a dSLR then finally an astronomical CCD camera.
Each section is further broken down into the same subsections: what kind of photos you can take with the particular type of camera, pros and cons of using it, buying tips, how to take the photos and finally how to process them.

This book is packed with excellent reference photos, and covers the basics of astrophotography in a lot of detail, and finishes off with an extensive list of links to appropriate software, astronomy links, camera and telescope manufacturers, and books. A must-buy for anyone considering taking photos of the night sky. Be warned though, once you've read it, you'll be outside on many a cold night!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Digital astrophotography -an introduction, 20 Oct 2010
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This review is from: Digital Astrophotography: A Guide to Capturing the Cosmos (Paperback)
This is an excellent book for someone starting out in digtial astrophotgraphy, who is undoubtedly the target for this book. The authors style is clear, simple and straight forward. They do not assume any knowledge of the subject instead set out clearly the advantages and disadvantages of the webcam,digital compact and digital single lens reflex cameras and of the CCD camera. For each category the authors describe how to use the camera to its best advantage -how to set it up, attach it to the telescope, exposures to use and very usefully how to process the images you obtain. The book has an assosciated website from which the reader can download example astrophotographs on which to practice the image processing techniques.
If you are already experienced in digital astrophotography this book will not add a lot to your store of knowledge but then you are not its target audience.
For the novice to astrophotography though this is a thoroughly recommended book and will give you an excellent start in this fascinating, not difficult and very satisfying field - you can at last share some of your wonder at the cosmos with family and friends.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book - lacking in content in places, 7 Mar 2009
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This is an excellent book and covers all the necessary things needed when starting out in this field. Notice I said when "starting out". After I read it, I doubt that I will go back to it a great deal for reference, as it is a bit thin on the ground in that department. There seems to be a lack also of examples and diagrams, compared with a book like Covington's. Having said that it's very prettily put together with a ton of beautiful astro images (in colour).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction, 5 Mar 2010
This review is from: Digital Astrophotography: A Guide to Capturing the Cosmos (Paperback)
This book is a good introduction in the field of astrophotography. But that is all. If you need a deeper analysis an almost all subjects dealt in this book, you need another book. It is good for the newcomer. It does not add anything to anybody who has read or studied relevant issues e.g. from the Internet.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very good book, but i wanted more., 1 Mar 2009
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A very interesting book, but too brief.
I expected more on advanced processing techniques, that was the reason that i got it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 28 May 2013
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I did not find this book useful at all. It has some nice photographs but lack any kind of content. Even for a beginner this book is not helpful and does not answer most questions a person would ask. Save your money and buy a better book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Digital Astrophotography, 21 Nov 2012
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Digital astrophotography books tend to be short. This book has some useful information regarding technique. If you want to examine the authors photographs in detail then I suggest you buy the paper edition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction and a bit more, 23 Nov 2010
This review is from: Digital Astrophotography: A Guide to Capturing the Cosmos (Paperback)
This is an excellent introduction to the whole field of amateur astrophotography. The author covers the digital compact camera used both freehand (afocal) and mounted on the telescope, the webcam camera, the digital single lens reflex camera and the astronomical CCD camera. It is generous with pictures and practical advice (and warnings). Important software for dealing with the pictures is briefly dealt with. He even gives some prices for various equipment. Sejp really knows what he is talking about and the book is a must before you go shopping and set out in this fascinating but fairly difficult area of astronomy.

If you know that you are going to work only with digital SLR cameras there is another more detailed book dealing with that which can be recommended, Digital SLR Astrophotography (Practical Amateur Astronomy)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very thorough..., 23 Nov 2010
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This book is very well written and easy to understand for amateurs like myself. Written by an amateur for amateurs, the language is very down to earth.
I'm not very technical so for me this book was very welcome. If there is anything i could miss, it's dealing with windows7 issues, but one can get that info on the net, if needed. So all in all, I like this book very much, and recommend it to any amateur interested in digital astrophotography!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit of everything, 13 Mar 2009
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This review is from: Digital Astrophotography: A Guide to Capturing the Cosmos (Paperback)
This author is very systematic and covers his subject well and gives many references including those to his and other websites.
He assumes that the reader has a copy of 'Photoshop' which is expensive. To give him credit he does mention 'Gimp' which is the free alternative.
The book is well illustrated and a good jump off point to the astronomical experience but somehow fails to light my fire.
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