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Astronomy Photographer of the Year: Collection 2 Hardcover – 19 Sep 2013

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; 2013 ed. edition (19 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007525796
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007525799
  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 2 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 153,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

About the Author

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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This really is a stunning book - fabulous photos, all taken by amateurs, some of them new to 'astro-photography' - and all of a very high standard. I think my favourites are those of the Milky Way, taken in spectacular and very isolated places with no artificial light pollution, eg. Yosemite USA (reminds me of a visit to Utah many years ago, when I saw the Milky Way in similar circumstances, bought myself a 'planisphere', and have been 'hooked' ever since).

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.
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Highly recommended for those who wish to see superb images of how our planet interacts with the wider world. The narrative is clearly laid out with data about the camera settings used to capture each image. However, my reason for purchasing the hardback copy was to have a library of images in one place to view at my leisure. It does not disappoint. The images in the book can also be viewed on the Royal Greenwich Observatory website but in my opinion the book is better unless you can view the images in HD (if it's available).
I purchased it at a competitive price on Amazon MarketPlace and it was delivered within 2 days
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Superb photographs of the solar system, milky way, and 'M' objects.

I cannot recommend this publicaiton enough!

Mind blowing stuff.
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A really nice book with a wide range of photographs covering different areas i.e. some are taken from the earth's surface and illustrate different phenomena that can be seen with the naked eye whereas others are of nebula.
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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What a beautiful collection of images in one book. When we saw the picture on the dust cover of Durdle Door it reminded my wife & I of a very starry night at the same location many years ago. This collection is ideal to simply enjoy and occasionally gasp, even if you're not an astronomer!
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This latest volume in the Astronomy Photographer of the Year collection is yet another stunning compendium of images from some of the world's best amateur astrophotographers. All of the photographs are excellently reproduced and are accompanied by a short note from the photographer detailing where and when the image was captured as well as the type of camera used. My favourite category of images has to be Earth and Space (photos that include landscapes, people and other `Earthly' things alongside astronomical subjects) although the Deep Space images are perhaps the most mind-blowing. This is an inspiring volume for those seeking to improve their own astrophotography as well as being a beautiful and informative book for those who simply enjoy gazing at astronomical phenomena.
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As one who is a failed astronomer, I just love having the opportunity to review there photographs at leisure and the compositions that the entrants have created. Also worth the trip to Greenwich to see all together prior to the book.
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I expected full colour high quality images. These are smaller and generally less impressive. Although the technical info may be of interest to some it wasn't a priority for me. Has it not been for the hassle and cost of returning the book I would have sent it back. Even at a special price, it wasn't value for money.
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