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Lessons from the Masters: Current Concepts in Astronomical Image Processing (The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series) Paperback – 11 Aug 2013
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“This book has evoked excitement all over the astrophotographic world. Edited by Robert Gendler and featuring articles by a team of the most celebrated amateur and semi-professional imagers, it provides tutorials in advanced astronomical image processing. … different imagers describe their workflows, giving a fascinating insight into how many contrasting ways there are to make great pictures. … This first edition is excellent … .” (Olly Penrice, Astronomy Now, March, 2014)
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There are currently thousands of amateur astronomers around the world engaged in astrophotography at increasingly sophisticated levels. Their ranks far outnumber professional astronomers doing the same and their contributions both technically and artistically are the dominant drivers of progress in the field today. This book is a unique collaboration of individuals, all world-renowned in their particular area, and covers in detail each of the major sub-disciplines of astrophotography. This approach offers the reader the greatest opportunity to learn the most current information and the latest techniques directly from the foremost innovators in the field today.
The book as a whole covers all types of astronomical image processing, including processing of eclipses and solar phenomena, extracting detail from deep-sky, planetary, and widefield images, and offers solutions to some of the most challenging and vexing problems in astronomical image processing. Recognized chapter authors include deep sky experts such as JAY GABANY, TONY HALLAS, ROBERT GENDLER, KEN CRAWFORD, high-resolution planetary expert DAMIAN PEACH, and the founder of The World at Night BABAK A. TAFRESHI, among other luminaries in the field of astronomical image processing.
A large number of quality illustrations help explain the critical concepts and complex techniques the modern astrophotographer will need to achieve the highest level of quality in their astronomical images.See all Product Description
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Thank you to Robert Gendler and all the masters in the book.
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The book is divided into chapters written by some of the top names in astrophotography - Tony Hallas, Robert Gendler, Ken Crawford, Jay GaBany, Babek Tafreshi and many others. The chapters concentrate on a single process or workflow, many of which inlcude step-by-step instructions for incorporating these techniques into your workflow. There are three chapters that outline an overall deepsky workflow that I found very helpful. Hallas' short chapter on noise reduction and his technique used to remove green pixels from the background was by itself worth the price of the book. Ken Crawford on HDR and PS mask refinement, Tafreshi's chapter on incorporating earth and sky, sections on wide field processing, color enhancement, the list goes on...
If there was one disappointment with the book, i would say it was Damian Peach on planetary / lunar photography. I was really looking forward to the chapter to improve my processing skills on these challenging objects, using my video camera and Registax. I found the chapter to be useless and very basic. It did not contain any tips or step by step techniques like the other chapters that i found to be so useful - it really didn't tell me anything I didn't already glean from the web and the astronomy forums.
But this is one minor complaint in an otherwise impressive guide for the midlevel astrophotographer. You will not be disappointed!
This is a thick book, not a simple cookbook howto guide. It opens with theory and each chapter covers a different aspect of astrophotography image processing. So whether you image deep space, planets or our own sun, there is something inside for you. Much of what is included can be found in other places, but this book brings it all together in one place. Most of the author's emphasize photoshop, but other image processing packages are discussed. If you use something else, at least the concepts will be helpful.
Why only four stars? Because ... *shrugs*
As a survey of all aspects of Astronomical imaging, it can't go deep into all areas. Likewise, the title refers to "Current Concepts" ... Some parts of imaging will change slowly, but others are changing rapidly. Will this book become dated? Yes. Is it dated now? No. Is it worth the money? Yes. Did I learn from the authors? Yes!
I would have liked more emphasis on Pixinsight, but that is a matter of personal preference rather than a real ctiticism.
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