An Amateur's Guide to Observing and Imaging the Heavens

An Amateur's Guide to Observing and Imaging the Heavens

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Ian Morison
Cambridge University Press, 5/26/2014
EAN 9781107619609, ISBN10: 1107619602

Paperback, 344 pages, 24.7 x 18.7 x 1.7 cm
Language: English

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.

a tale of two scopes
1. Telescope and observing fundamentals
2. Refractors
3. Binoculars and spotting scopes
4. The Newtonian telescope and its derivatives
5. The Cassegrain telescope and its derivatives – Schmidt-Cassegrains and Maksutovs
6. Telescope maintenance, collimation and star testing
7. Telescope accessories
finders, eyepieces and bino-viewers
8. Telescope mounts
alt/az and equatorial with their computerised variants
9. The art of visual observing
10. Visual observations of the Moon and planets
11. Imaging the Moon and planets with DSLRs and web-cams
12. Observing and imaging the Sun in white light and H-alpha
13. Observing with an astro-video camera to 'see' faint objects
14. Deep sky imaging with standard and H-alpha modified DSLR cameras
15. Deep sky imaging with cooled CCD cameras
16. Auto-guiding techniques and equipment
17. Spectral studies of the Sun, stars and galaxies
18. Improving and enhancing images in Photoshop