Astrophotographer's Guide to the Deep Sky

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Astrophotographer's Guide to the Deep Sky

The purpose of the Astrophotographer's Guide to the Deep Sky is to serve as a reference and, hopefully, inspiration for when you are thinking about "what should I photograph in the sky tonight?"

This book will provide you with examples of beautiful objects in the deep-sky that you can shoot with your own equipment. It will tell you which objects are best placed for shooting when you plan to go out.

It contains more than 500 objects in the master list, including the best and most interesting:

Emission nebulae
Planetary nebulae
Reflection nebulae
Dark nebulae
Supernova remnants
Galaxy clusters
Molecular clouds
Bright stars
Double stars
Variable stars
Multiple stars
Carbon stars
Open star clusters
Globular star clusters
Stellar associations

The Astrophotographer's Guide to the Deep Sky has images of more than 275 of these objects that are visible from the Northern Hemisphere. Each is described in detail on individual object pages.

This work started as a set of informal notes to myself for interesting objects to photograph in the deep sky. When I decided to put it into a book to help other astrophotographers, I wanted to produce a set of color images with the latest information on the most interesting and photogenic deep-sky objects.

This book is written in HTML, the code for web pages, and utilizes javascript, so that it offers unique features such as image maps, mouse-overs and a search engine that you can't get in a traditional printed book.

The Astrophotographer's Guide to the Deep Sky is not a how-to book that will tell you how to take astrophotos or process them, as I have covered those subjects in detail in my previous books.

I have included most of the largest and brightest objects visible from the northern hemisphere, and also a couple of southern hemisphere gems. I've also included a few really faint and challenging objects that nevertheless make wonderful subjects.

Almost all of the images in this book were shot with DSLR cameras with exposures that range from a few minutes to several hours.

By looking at the details accompanying each image you will know what focal length it was shot with, and the exposure and sky brightness information will give you an idea of where you can start based on your own equipment and sky conditions.

This book will take you on a journey into space with clear and concise explanations of the remarkably beautiful objects that you can photograph in the heavens.

You will see the majesty of these celestial marvels that you too can capture in your images.

"Jerry has done it again!

"The Astrophotographer's Guide to the Deep Sky is really a ground-breaking book!

"I have been looking at planning tools for a long time to plan my DSLR astro imaging sessions and this is just what I need. I can't imagine all the time and work you must have put into it. The constellation maps where you can click on objects to see an image is BRILLIANT!! "

- Gary Honis

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