Star Vistas: A Collection of Fine Art Astrophotography Hardcover – 12 Jan 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)
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"Confronted by [modern] advances, amateur astronomers - the driving force behind the study of the heavens for much of history - have had to reinvent themselves. Today's 'amateur' is, in fact, a serious professional armed with the latest tools of optics and computers to capture, analyse, catalogue, and disseminate information and images of the night sky (and day sky!). They complement, rather than compete with, the work of major observatories and research scientists. Some areas of study, such as the search for near Earth objects - asteroids and comets - still rely heavily on the efforts of dedicated amateurs. Dr Greg Parker is one such serious amateur." Sir Arthur C. Clarke
"The wonders of the Universe are here! Enjoy!" Dr. Brian May
"This is a book deserving an honoured place every scientific library, amateur or professional." Sir Patrick MooreSee 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 printing job is very good, and the layout of the book is great, with full-bleed imagery. Another great plus is the text descriptions that accompany the images. The authors manage to convey interesting information on these objects without resorting to jargon. The result is descriptions that are accessible to the layman (even younger people), though quite interesting to people who are more advanced in astronomy.
A nice plus: There are three forwards. One each by Sir Arthur C. Clarke, Sir Patrick Moore, and Dr. Brian May. Three wonderful endorsements, indeed. The generous size of the book and the high-quality images make this an excellent coffee-table book for astronomers and non-astronomers alike. If you have a friend or relative that has an interest in the night skies, this book would be the perfect gift - one that can be enjoyed over and over again. Beware, though. If you buy a copy for your nephew and take a look inside before wrapping it up, you'll have to get another copy for yourself, even if you previously had little interest in astronomy. It's that good.
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).
If you want to know what the quality of the images is like you could visit one of the authors website which has a representative image of the Cone Nebula. Following is the URL of the image:[...]
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