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A Practical Guide to CCD Astronomy : Practical Astronomy Handbook Series - Patrick Martinez

A Practical Guide to CCD Astronomy

Practical Astronomy Handbook Series

By: Patrick Martinez, Alain Klotz, Andri Demers (Translator), Pierre Lena (Foreword by)

Hardcover Published: 28th November 1997
ISBN: 9780521590631
Number Of Pages: 264

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High-performance charged-couple device (CCD) cameras have opened up an exciting new window on the Universe for amateur astronomers. This book provides a complete, self-contained guide to choosing and using CCD cameras. Beginning with a no-nonsense introduction to CCD cameras, the authors explain what determines camera performance and demonstrate how to use a CCD camera and accurately calibrate the images obtained. The book also presents a clear review of the software available for visualizing, analyzing and processing digital images. Finally, the authors navigate a series of key areas in astronomy where astronomers can make the best use of CCD cameras. This handy volume is packed with practical tips. It provides a clear introduction to CCD astronomy for novices and an indispensable reference for more experienced amateur astronomers.

'With high-performance CCD cameras opening up an exciting new window on the Universe, this book for amateur astronomers provides a timely self-contained guide on how to choose and use them.' Spaceflight 'The book is well laid out, with much to hold the attention of amateurs who are involved in digital imagining techniques ... I would recommend it to the practical CCD user.' Kevin Sweeney, Astronomy and Space '... covers everything from mundane but vital considerations such as precautions against frost, to the mathematics of image restoration and astrometry. As well as a guide to using these instruments, the concise format, clear diagrams and illustrations make it a handy and concise reference book.' Sue Bowler, Astronomy and Geophysics '... the comprehensive text is commendable ... a book for all CCD enthusiasts at any level of experience.' Maurice Gavin, The Journal of the British Astronomical Association 'In conclusion, this book hits the spot and has a large amount of useful, practical information for amateurs who have a basic understanding of CCDs.' Webb Society Deep Sky Observe

Preface
Foreword
CCD equipment for astronomy
Characteristics and performances of a CCD camera
Image production
Image visualisation and analysis functions
Image treatment functions
Astronomical CCD applications
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521590631
ISBN-10: 0521590639
Series: Practical Astronomy Handbook Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 28th November 1997
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.55 x 15.9  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.56