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Astrophotography Paperback – 6 Jul 2014
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Thierry Legault is a world-renowned astrophotographer. In 1999, Legault received the prestigious Marius Jacquemetton prize from the Societe Astronomique de France for his astronomical photographs. He is so highly regarded in this industry that the International Astronomical Union officially bestowed the name Legault on asteroid #19458. Legault co-authored the book New Atlas of the Moon (Firefly, 2006) and has written numerous articles about astrophotography for French and American magazines. He regularly presents courses and gives astrophotography lectures in Europe, America, and Asia. Legault's images, most notably those of the International Space Station, have been published and broadcast worldwide (including NASA publications, Nature, Scientific American, The Times, The Wall Street Journal, Popular Science, Aviation Week, Discovery Channel, BBC, CNN, ABC, CBS, Fox, CBC, and MSNBC).
Thierry earns his living as an engineer and is currently living in the suburbs of Paris, France. For more information see www.astrophoto.fr.
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The claim on Page 31 that suggests that using a Bayer array is a "major drawback"... since a color sensor collects a quarter of the light of monochrome one and as a consequence, monochrome sensors are highly prized, is not right The reason deep sky astrophotographers use monochrome sensors is because they want to tune the filtration to exclude light pollution, select narrowband wavelengths or, the IR blocking filter sandwiched with the Bayer array potentially attenuates deep red wavelengths. For any color imaging, a monochrome sensor is set behind a color filter and in any given time, the number of photons hitting the sensor will be broadly equivalent to a bayer array, depending on the color of the object. Even with an extensively red target, one would not only take images behind a red filter but green and blue too, of equivalent time, to ensure color balance and a good even noise level. The green and blue filter exposures would be largely irrelevant for the red nebulosity and be extremely inefficient.
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