We have become used to seeing stunning images of deep space delivered by telescopes in orbit using technology costing hundred of millions of dollars that are managed by teams of experts, so why should be want a book of starscapes made using technology available to the rest of us? Precisely because it's available to the rest of us. Because while the stars, galaxies, globular clusters and nebula depicted in fine, inspiring detail in these pages are remote - more remote than our imaginations can conceive - the ability to observe them is no longer remote, it's available to anyone with enough persistence, time and, of course, skill.
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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