Getting Started Long Exposure Astrophotography

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Getting Started Long Exposure Astrophotography

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Getting Started in Long Exposure Astrophotography
From purchasing your first astrophotography telescope, hooking up your camera, taking long exposure images, and finally processing that finished image, this book will be your indispensable guide.

If you have ever wanted to take photographs of glowing nebulae, spiral galaxies and shimmering star clusters, this is the reference you want on your desk as well as with you out under the stars.

Getting Started in Long Exposure Astrophotography
Packed with over 220 images, illustrations, charts and graphs as well as over 61,000 words over 330+ pages.

This is the book you want to start out capturing those beautiful, faint, deep space objects. It will take you on a journey exploring in-depth details of field rotation, focusing methods, as well as explaining not just the what and how, but the ever important why.

Actually see why you stack multiple images and what effect it has. Don’t just read about how the atmosphere affects imaging, see it through experimentation that you can do at home on your own!

Getting Started in Long Exposure Astrophotography
Table of Contents

Section 1. The basics ………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 1

1.0 Introduction ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 3

1.1 About the book …………………………………………………………………………………………………. 5

1.2 Your budget & realistic expectations ……………………………………………………………………. 8

1.3 The mount ………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 12

1.4 The telescope ………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 21

1.5 Basic setup ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 30

1.6 Guide scope & guiding ……………………………………………………………………………………… 58

1.7 The camera ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 66

1.8 Other important equipment ……………………………………………………………………………… 77

1.9 Acquiring images ……………………………………………………………………………………………… 88

Section 2. Up and running ……………………………………………………………………………………….. 101

2.1 Camera control software ……………………………………………………………………………….. 103

2.2 Mount control/Planetarium software ………………………………………………………………. 115

2.3 Tablet software …………………………………………………………………………………………….. 128

2.4 My setup procedure ………………………………………………………………………………………. 134

2.5 Exposure considerations ………………………………………………………………………………… 136

2.6 Post processing overview ……………………………………………………………………………….. 145

2.7 Finding targets, session planning …………………………………………………………………….. 150

2.8 Astrophotography with camera lenses …………………………………………………………….. 158

2.9 Brand specific considerations …………………………………………………………………………. 163

Section 3. Making your head hurt ……………………………………………………………………………. 167

3.1 Shooting mono to get color ……………………………………………………………………………. 169

3.2 Stacking images …………………………………………………………………………………………….. 176

3.3 Stretching images ………………………………………………………………………………………….. 188

3.4 Image acquisition tricks and tips ……………………………………………………………………… 199

3.5 High Dynamic Range acquisition & processing ………………………………………………….. 210

3.6 Tuning PHD for best guiding results …………………………………………………………………. 215

3.7 Creating a custom light box for flats ………………………………………………………………… 229

3.8 Remote observatories ……………………………………………………………………………………. 243

3.9 Being different: Spectroscopy ………………………………………………………………………….246

3.10 Closing notes ……………………………………………………………………………………………….266

3.11 Where to go from here ………………………………………………………………………………… 267

Section 4. Top 25 targets to start with ……………………………………………………………………… 270

Section 5. Glossary …………………………………………………………………………………………………. 298

Section 6. Index ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 316

Astrophotography can be one of the most rewarding pursuits of a lifetime, it can also be one of the most daunting. This book uses over 200 illustrations, images, charts and graphs in addition to the text to help you understand what equipment you will need and how to make it all work so you can create breathtaking images of the heavens.

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