An Amateur's Guide to Observing and Imaging the Heavens
- Cambridge University Press
An Amateur's Guide to Observing and Imaging the Heavens by Ian Morison.
An Amateur's Guide to Observing and Imaging the Heavens is a highly comprehensive guidebook that bridges the gap between the beginners' and hobbyists' books and the many specialised and subject-specific texts for more advanced amateur astronomers. Written by an experienced astronomer and educator, the book is a one-stop reference providing extensive information and advice about observing and imaging equipment, with detailed examples showing how best to use them.
In addition to providing in-depth knowledge about every type of astronomical telescope and highlighting their strengths and weaknesses, two chapters offer advice on making visual observations of the Sun, Moon, planets, stars and galaxies. All types of modern astronomical imaging are covered, with step-by-step details given on the use of DSLRs and web-cams for solar, lunar and planetary imaging and the use of DSLRs and cooled CCD cameras for deep sky imaging.
Bridges the gap between books aimed at beginners and those on specific topics for advanced amateurs, and covers virtually all aspects of the hobby
Gives in-depth accounts about virtually all the equipment: telescopes, mounts, accessories and imaging equipment that an advancing amateur might use
Discusses how best to make visual observations of the Sun, Moon, planets, stars and galaxies and gives details of the many observing aids that will aid amateurs pursuing this most important part of the hobby
'Ian Morison's new amateur astronomy guide is a rare gem. The book tackles the major aspects of our hobby with clear and insightful writing. His experience both as an astronomer and an observer shine through. Personally I found the photos and sections on astro-imaging extremely helpful and refreshing. Several times his advice prompted me to call up a DSLR image on my computer and start working on it in Photoshop following his clever suggestions. Bravo!' Stephen James O'Meara, Astronomy magazine columnist and author of the Deep-Sky Companions series
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