The Astrophotography Manual, Second Edition is for photographers ready to move beyond standard SLR cameras and editing software to create beautiful images of nebulas, galaxies, clusters, and the stars. Beginning with a brief astronomy primer, this book takes readers through the full astrophotography process, from choosing and using equipment to image capture, calibration, and processing. This combination of technical background and hands-on approach brings the science down to earth, with practical methods to ensure success.
This second edition now includes:
Over 170 pages of new content within 22 new chapters, with 600 full-color illustrations.
Covers a wide range of hardware, including mobile devices, remote control and new technologies.
Further insights into leading software, including automation, Sequence Generator Pro and PixInsight
Ground-breaking practical chapters on hardware and software as well as alternative astrophotography pursuits
Chris Woodhouse was born in England, and during his teenage years was a keen amateur photographer. After receiving an M.Eng. in Electronics at Bath University, he designed communication and optical gauging equipment before joining an automotive company. His traditional monochrome photography earned him an Associateship distinction from the Royal Photographic Society. After the publication of the first edition of The Astrophotography Manual and astronomy-related activities, he was accepted as a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society. He has pursued his passion for all forms of photography over the last 35 years and additionally invented and patented several unique darkroom timers and meters, which are sold throughout the world. He quickly found the technical challenges of astrophotography responded well to methodical and scientific methods, and together with his traditional photographic experience, he produces beautiful and fascinating images.
Part I. Astronomy Primer 1. The Diverse Universe of Astrophotography 2. Space 3. Catalogs 4. Four Dimensions and Counting 5. Limits of Perception Part II. Choosing Equipment 6. The Ingredients of Success 7. New Tools 8. General Equipment 9. Imaging Equipment 10. A Portable System Part III. Setting Up 11. Hardware Setup 12. Software Setup 13. Wireless/Remote Operation Part IV. Image Capture 14. Sensors and Exposure 15. Focusing 16. Autoguiding and Tracking 17. Pointing and Tracking Models 18. Sequencing, Automation and Scripting 19. Mosaics Part V. Image Calibration and Processing 20. Post Exposure 21. Getting Started in PixInsight 22. Image Calibration and Stacking 23. Linear Image Processing 24. Non-linear Image Processing Part VI. Pix Insights 25. Pre-Processing 26. Seeing Stars 27. Noise Reduction and Sharpening 28. Image Stretching 29. Color Filter Array (CFA) Processing 30. Narrowband Image Processing Part VII. First Light Assignments 31. Practical Examples 32. M3 (Globular Cluster) 33. M51a/b (Whirlpool Galaxy) 34. M45 (Pleiades Open Cluster) 35. C27 (Crescent Nebula) in Narrowband 36. M31 (Andromeda Galaxy) 37. IC 1805 (Heart Nebula) in False Color 38. Comet C/2014 Q2 39. M27 (Dumbbell Nebula) 40. M3 (Globular Cluster) revisited 41. 3-D Image Processing 42. Vacation Image 43. Horsehead and Flame Nebula 44. Wide-field Mosaic 45. Exoplanet Appendices A. Diagnostics and Problem Solving B. Summer Projects C. Automatic Observatory Control D. Collimating a Ritchey Chretien Telescope E. Templates F. Bibliography and Resources