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The 100 Best Astrophotography Targets : The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series - Ruben Kier

The 100 Best Astrophotography Targets

The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series

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Published: 1st September 2009
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Any amateur astronomer who is interested in astrophotography, particularly if just getting started, needs to know what objects are best for imaging in each month of the year. These are not necessarily the same objects that are the most spectacular or intriguing visually. The camera reveals different things and has different requirements. What objects in the sky tonight are large enough, bright enough, and high enough to be photographed? This book reveals, for each month of the year, the choicest celestial treasures within the reach of a commercial CCD camera. Helpful hints and advice on framing, exposures, and filters are included. Each deep sky object is explained in beautiful detail, so that observers will gain a richer understanding of these astronomical objects.

This is not a book that dwells on the technology of CCD, Webcam, wet, or other types of astrophotography. Neither is it a book about in-depth computer processing of the images (although this topic is included). Detailed discussions of these topics can be found in other publications. This book focuses on what northern latitude objects to image at any given time of the year to get the most spectacular results.

From the reviews: "Kier comes to the rescue with targets that are well placed at different times during each month. ... Each target has a colour image and a description, plus advice on the equipment you'll need. There's useful advice on processing too. ... seasoned imagers will enjoy this book." (Steve Richards, Sky at Night Magazine, February, 2010) "This book is one of the Patrick Moore's Practical Astronomy series from Springer, aimed at the practising ... amateur astronomer. ... The book's intent is to provide a visually compelling list of the 100 most interesting deep sky objects from the perspective of a digital imager, more precisely of the CCD user. ... This book is a good starter for going beyond the early shots and provides a reasonable reference on what to expect from each target ... ." (Andrea Tasselli, Journal of the British Astronomical Association, Vol. 120 (1), 2010) "Ruben Kier, a highly accomplished astrophotographer, has compiled an impressive list of 100 objects, arranged in order of when they are best placed for observers in the Northern Hemisphere. ... Though the book is clearly aimed at the established imager ... . I was particularly impressed at how well some deep sky objects can now be imaged even with the full moon in the sky. The book will serve as an inspiration to those wishing to take their CCD imaging to the next level." (Neil English, Astronomy Now, May, 2010)

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introductionp. xvii
Best 100 Astrophotography Targets
January: Mostly Nebulaep. 3
January 1: Spiral Galaxy IC 342p. 4
January 2: Pleiades Open Clusterp. 7
January 6: California Nebulap. 10
January 21: Witch Head Nebulap. 13
January 24: Flaming Star Nebulap. 16
January 26: Tadpole Emission Nebulap. 19
January 27: Open Cluster M38 with Open Cluster NGC 1907p. 22
January 29: Crab Nebula Supernova Remnantp. 25
January 29: Orion Nebula and Running Man Nebulap. 28
January 31: Horsehead and Flame Nebulaep. 31
February: Clusters and Nebulaep. 35
February 1: Reflection Nebula M78p. 36
February 2: Open Cluster M37p. 39
February 6: Angel Nebulap. 42
February 6: Open Clusters M35 and NGC 2158p. 45
February 9: Jellyfish Nebulap. 48
February 12: Rosette Nebula and Clusterp. 51
February 14: Cone Nebula and Christmas Tree Clusterp. 54
February 24: TriorÆs Helmetp. 57
February 27: Medusa Nebulap. 60
February 27: Eskimo Nebulap. 63
March: Clusters and Galaxiesp. 67
March 1: Open Clusters M46 and M47p. 68
March 2: Spiral Galaxy NGC 2403p. 71
March 20: Ancient Open Cluster M67p. 74
March 30: Barred Spiral Galaxy NGC 2903p. 77
April: Galaxy Pairs and Groupsp. 81
April 5: Galaxies M81 and M82p. 82
April 10: Little Pinwheel Galaxyp. 87
April 11: Hickson 44 Galaxy Groupp. 90
April 17: Galaxy Pair M95 and M96p. 93
April 24: Owl Nebula M97 with Galaxy M108p. 96
April 26: Galaxy Trio in Leop. 99
April 26: Hamburger Galaxy NGC 3628p. 102
April 30: Galaxy Pair NGC 3718 and NGC 3729p. 105
May: Diversity of Galaxy Shapesp. 109
May 6: Galaxy M109p. 110
May 11: Silver Needle Galaxyp. 113
May 11: Galaxy Ml06p. 116
May 12: Galaxies M100 and NGC 4312p. 119
May 13: MarkarianÆs Chainp. 122
May 16: Needle Galaxyp. 125
May 17: Sombrero Galaxyp. 128
May 17: Whale Galaxy and Hockey Stick Galaxyp. 131
May 19: Ringed Galaxy NGC 4725p. 134
May 19: Spiral Galaxy M94p. 137
May 21: Black Eye Galaxy M64p. 140
May 24: Sunflower Galaxy M63p. 142
May 29: Whirlpool Galaxy M51p. 145
June: Globular Clusters and More Galaxiesp. 149
June 1: Globular Cluster M3p. 150
June 6: Pinwheel Galaxy M101p. 153
June 25: Splinter Galaxyp. 156
June 26: Globular Cluster M5p. 159
July: Just Globular Clustersp. 163
July 17: Great Hercules Clusterp. 164
July 18: Globular Cluster M12p. 167
August: Planetary and Emission Nebulaep. 171
August 5: CatÆs Eye Nebulap. 172
August 6-7: Trifid and Lagoon Nebulaep. 175
August 7: Lagoon Nebulap. 178
August 10: Eagle Nebulap. 181
August 11: Swan Nebulap. 184
August 15: Globular Cluster M22p. 187
August 18: Wild Duck Clusterp. 190
August 19: Ring Nebulap. 193
September: Autumn Assortmentp. 197
September 1: BarnardÆs Galaxyp. 198
September 5: Dumbbell Nebulap. 201
September 8: Crescent Nebulap. 204
September 14: Fireworks Galaxy and Cluster NGC 6939p. 207
September 17: Veil Nebula, ôWitchÆs Broomö of Veilp. 209
September 19: Eastern Loop of Veil: The Network Nebulap. 211
September 18: Pelican Nebulap. 214
September 20: North American Nebulap. 217
September 20: Fetus Nebulap. 220
September 21: Iris Nebulap. 223
September 28 and 29: Globular Clusters M15 and M2p. 226
September 30: Nebula IC 1396 and the ElephantÆs Trunkp. 229
October: Halloween Treatsp. 233
October 4: Cocoon Nebulap. 234
October 9: WolfÆs Cave and the Cepheus Flarep. 237
October 13: Helix Nebulap. 240
October 14: StephanÆs Quintetp. 243
October 15: Deer Lick Galaxy Groupp. 246
October 19: Flying Horse Nebulap. 249
October 20: Cave Nebulap. 252
October 26: Bubble Nebula and M52 Clusterp. 255
October 27: Blue Snowball Nebulap. 258
November: The Great Galaxiesp. 261
November 1: Andromeda Galaxy and Companionsp. 262
November 2: Skull Nebula and Galaxy NGC 255p. 265
November 17: Sculptor Galaxyp. 268
November 18: Pacman Nebulap. 271
November 25: ET Clusterp. 274
November 29: Triangulum Galaxyp. 277
November 30: Spiral Galaxy M74p. 280
December: Celestial Potpourrip. 283
December 1: Little Dumbbell Nebulap. 284
December 5: Nautilus Galaxy NGC 772p. 287
December 10: Double Clusterp. 290
December 11: Outer Limits Galaxyp. 292
December 11: Barred Spiral Galaxy NGC 925p. 295
December 14: Heart Nebula and December 18: Soul Nebulap. 298
December 18: Spiral Galaxy M77p. 301
Getting Started in CCD Imaging
Equipment for Astrophotographyp. 307
First and Foremost, the Mountp. 308
Beginner Scopes for Imagingp. 309
Choosing a Camerap. 311
Autoguidersp. 313
Investing Wisely in Softwarep. 315
Acquiring the Imagep. 317
Siting the Telescopep. 318
Polar Alignmentp. 320
Choosing the Targetp. 322
Calculating Your Fields of View and Scalep. 324
Finding, Centering, and Framing the Targetp. 326
Focusingp. 328
Autoguidingp. 330
Exposingp. 332
Dark Framesp. 334
Flat Fieldsp. 336
The Order of Image Processingp. 339
Image Reduction/Calibrationp. 340
Optional Stepsp. 341
Aligning Imagesp. 342
Combining Imagesp. 343
Deconvolutionp. 344
Color Combiningp. 345
Histograms and Curvesp. 346
Luminance Layeringp. 348
Color Enrichmentp. 350
Image Sharpening and Blurringp. 351
Dealing out Gradientsp. 353
Final Cleanupp. 354
About the Authorp. 355
Indexp. 357
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ISBN: 9781441906021
ISBN-10: 1441906029
Series: The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 360
Published: 1st September 2009
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.8  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.58