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Star Vistas: A Collection of Fine Art Astrophotography Hardcover – 4 Mar 2009
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"This book is a collection of very-high-quality, full-page, true-full-color photographs of deep-sky objects, as beautiful as images produced by space telescopes. It illustrates what can be done by amateur astronomers using commercially available telescopes and cameras and features many deep-sky objects rarely imaged by the major space telescopes. … this title was written for armchair astronomers and general science readers." (Lunar and Planetary Information Bulletin, 2009)“You would not be disappointed. In one sense, this is a coffee-table book, full of beautiful pictures … . But when you start to read the text you will begin to discover how remarkable these pictures really are ― they were all taken from a back garden in the New Forest by an (admittedly very dedicated) amateur astrophotographer … . The full-colour images are extremely impressive … . The commentaries are well-written, generally accurate … . Altogether, this is a book to savour ― highly recommended.” (Robert Connon Smith, The Observatory, Vol. 129 (1213), December, 2009) Aus den Rezensionen: “Dieses Buch entstand als Kooperation von zwei außerordentlich talentierten Amateur-Astronomen. Greg Parker machte diese herrlichen Weitwinkel-Aufnahmen von Deep-Sky-Objekten in England, während Noel Carboni diese in den USA meisterhaft nachbearbeitete. ... Zusätzlich sind diese Weitwinkel-Aufnahmen einfach schön, während die großen Teleskope sich auf die Forschung konzentrieren, nicht auf ästhetische Bilder. ... Ein prachtvolles Werk, das so richtig zum Schmökern einlädt ...“ (in: Weltraum Facts, 2008, Vol. 15, Issue 4, S. 24)
Most people are familiar with the spectacular Hubble Space Telescope images - most of them in the public domain and available on the Internet. But the Hubble images, constrained by the observing program of the HST, are mainly very distant, strange objects. There are very few high-quality books of wide-field deep-sky images on the market, primarily because the major professional telescopes are scheduled for research projects and beautiful images are secondary. "Star Vistas" contains many spectacular photographs that were made specifically for this book.They are unavailable elsewhere. There are beautiful pictures of the Moon and constellations, but most of the book contains rare wide-field astronomical images and some of the most exquisite star photographs ever made. Moreover, all these astronomical photographs were made using commercially-available amateur equipment and software! That this is possible is a testament to the development of modern optical and imaging technology, the excellence of relatively low-cost telescopes and cameras, to the author's skill in taking the photographs, and to Noel Carboni's skill in processing the images.Whether it is to be used as a reference and gold standard for amateur imaging, or simply as a book of beautiful images of the night sky to be marvelled at, this book deserves a place in the library of anyone interested in our fascinating universe. See all Product description
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This book has an image of a pulsar that is 13 billion light years away. It's a tiny red dot. It looks completely insignificant. But what it means is that we, using technology that doesn't cost billions and take teams of experts and governments to procure, can observe almost to the limits of the universe. If that's not astounding, I don't know what is.
We have always looked up at the stars and dreamed and we always will. This book makes those dreams more real.
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The authors have brought to our coffee table, pictures of deep sky objects that previously were only available to owners of massive telescopes and massive budgets.......in fact, these pictures are easily finer than anything found in any book of ten years ago.....using any equipment.
We ordered this book, and then left for a few days on vacation...and we had some friends pick up the book when it was delivered to our front door. Well, I almost didn't get it away from them. They are both fans of deep space images and I guess I now know what their Christmas gift is going to be.
As a lover of deep sky photographs some of the images bring tears to my eyes.....to understand that these are pictures of something that happened thousands of years ago and that the light is just now making its way through trillions of miles of space is incredible. And, Dr. Parker and Mr. Carboni have done a wonderful job of capturing and displaying the images.
What is truly amazing is that these aren't hubble images taken with a massive budget and equipment, these are taken with "off the shelf" equipment in a less than perfect location (cloudy england)...just amazing.
If you appreciate deep space photography, this is a must have book......if you have a friend who appreciates deep sky photography...what better gift? This is a gift that you can give to anyone and it'll always be displayed with pride by the recipient. (I have three, so far).
The night skies viewed with extended exposures really makes a momentous difference. Real time telescope viewing cannot reveal the detail of long exposures. Just great.