Getting Started: Budget Astrophotography Paperback – 15 Mar 2014
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The book is about budget photography, and with its rather poor quality black and white pictures it is in itself a budget item. No matter; who needs glossy colour? It focusses on utilising whatever equipment you happen to have to get started, be it a DSLR, a point and shoot or smart phone, and he discusses the balancing act of ISO, aperture and exposure time in some detail. You don’t even need a telescope although he considers the merits of each type and discusses various means of camera attachment.
True to the book’s title, all software for target location, stacking and image manipulation – including Stellarium, Deep Sky Stacker, GIMP and Registax – are freely available as downloads from the internet and there are many other useful links.
The DIY building projects include Alan’s adaptation of ideas for a barn door tracker, a chair for astronomy, a flat box and a rather ingenious method for improving rack and pinion focussing, but there are plenty of other ideas.
At the end is a useful glossary of the terms you are most likely to come across in astrophotography.
In summary this book is aimed at the tyro who wishes to test the temperature of the water before investing hard-earned cash and diving in head first. In that respect it has not failed in its ambition to get you started and, hopefully, hooked on astrophotography.
I have been doing astrophotography for little over a year now and I'm still learning and loving it.
There are projects in this book where you can build your own equipment, I'm your handy, this will save you pounds in the long run and if you get use out of a home made piece of kit then you may be happier at buying one which has more features.
The book covers a lot and there are some good tips on the subject of photograph stacking.
I think that it is well worth a read.
Also the paper this is printed on is quite bad quality so I guess a few nights out in the cold
won't do it a lot of good
overall well worth the cost
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