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Astronomy Photographer of the Year: Collection 2 Hardcover – 19 Sep 2013
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"a magnificent treat for astronomers everywhere" Good Book Guide
“This is an ideal gift for lovers of photography, astronomy and the natural world.” The Irish News
"A truly stunning collection of images from some of the world's top amateur astrophotographers" – Will Gater (Astronomer)
“a useful guide for anyone hoping to develop their astrophotography skills.” Outdoor Photography
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The Royal Observatory, Greenwich is the home of Greenwich Mean Time and the Prime Meridian of the World, making it the official starting point for each new day and year. It is also home to London's only planetarium, the Harrison timekeepers and the UK's largest refracting telescope. It runs the annual Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition.
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Also the cover photo, which is repeated inside the book, is an amazing shot of the Milky Way over the 'Durdle Door' natural archway near Lulworth Cove, Dorset. Plus there are absolute stunners of the Northern Lights/Aurora Borealis, photographed among rugged scenery in places such as Iceland and Norway. Warmer climes feature too - eg. a shot of Venus in transit across the rising Sun, over the Black Sea, and others of meteors in Indonesia and Australia. There are other great shots of comets and meteors - and in other categories there are close-ups of the Moon, the Sun and other planets - plus amazing nebulae and other 'deep space' photos taken using specialised telescopes etc.
There are interesting notes alongside each photo, about the locations and circumstances, the equipment and techniques used, and scientific explanations of the subjects of the photographs. Highly recommended - a great gift, and nice to get one for yourself.
I purchased it at a competitive price on Amazon MarketPlace and it was delivered within 2 days
In addition, with each photograph you get two bits of text - one from the photographer themselves saying why they took the photo or what it means to them, and another which provides either background to the phenomena you are seeing and/or discussing the actual photograph.
I picked it up from the marketplace so the price was very cheap for what is a nice hardback book just looking for a coffee table to rest upon
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