Digital Astrophotography: The State of the Art (Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy) (Paperback)
CCDs (charge-coupled devices) have revolutionized optical astronomy during the past 20 years, first for professionals and now for amateurs. Specialized astronomical CCD cameras provide more than ten times the sensitivity of the fastest photographic film, and delivers digital images that are readily computer enhanced to improve resolution and cut through 'light pollution'. Digital Astrophotography: The State of the Art contains techniques, advice, hints, tips and spectacular color images from world experts in CCD astronomy from North America and Europe. Their insights are illustrated with many beautiful color images - in fact, the book features full colour throughout. Techniques range from using simple webcams to highly technical aspects such as supernovae patrolling, computer processing, stacking, and image-enhancement. Simply stated, this is required reading for all serious amateur astronomers who spend time photographing the night sky and want to do so with the latest accessible equipment.