- Paperback: 356 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (13 Nov. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1493766414
- ISBN-13: 978-1493766413
- Product Dimensions: 19 x 2.1 x 23.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 129,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Messier Astrophotography Reference Paperback – 13 Nov 2013
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About the Author
Allan Hall has been a journalist for thirty-one years. Now based in Berlin, he was formerly the New York correspondent, first for the Sun and later for the Daily Mirror. He co-founded the Big Apple News media agency and has covered German-speaking Europe for the last eight years for newspapers such as the Times, the Scotsman, the Independent, the Mail on Sunday, the Daily Mail and the Age in Australia. He is the author of several encyclopedias of crime in addition to a number of other books, including A History of the Papacy and Nostradamus and Visions of the Future.
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This book is aimed at the beginner and is clear and concise in every page. The set up is the same for each of the 110 Messier Objects:
- Target Picture
- Months Target is Visible (Texas based)
- Sizing Indicator (field of view)
- About the target
- Where it is
- Imaging the target
- Naked Eye Chart
My favorite is 'Imaging the target'. Hall has described the basics as to how he captured the picture. This is invaluable to me as a beginner. He sometimes even goes into whether he used single or multiple stacks, temperature issues for noise along with a few other little titbits of information which is a very helpful start.
This book is not about what kit to use, how to compose or where to stand. If you want that, go elsewhere. It is purely about Messier and how to locate/photograph them.
Admittedly, I have only had this book a few hours and therefore, not had a chance to practice what he teaches but I am already hooked and excited at what I might be able to achieve. It is a great asset to the hours of internet research I have accumulated prior to its delivery.
If I was to grumble, it would be for two things. 1) I'm unsure whether it is based on a DSLR and beginners telescope or DSLR and decent lens. I await clear skies to make my review on that and 2) it is based in Texas rather than UK (ok, so not really an issue, but would make my life easier!)
This book is going to be well used and great assistance to my astral journey. Would highly recommend this book. I would definitely recommend the book rather that the e.version (nothing better than a physical book and no batteries to charge!).
I'm off to have a look at his other books,
Glad I brought it as its helped enormously
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