Part I. Basics: 1. The DSLR revolution; 2. Main technical issues; 3. Basic camera operation; 4. Four simple projects; 5. Coupling cameras to telescopes; Part II. Cameras, Lenses, and Telescopes: 6. More about focal reducers; 7. Lenses for piggybacking; 8. Focusing; 9. Tracking the stars; 10. Power and camera control in the field; 11. Sensors and sensor performance; Part III. Digital Image Processing: 12. Overview of image processing; 13. Digital imaging principles; 14. Techniques specific to astronomy; Appendices: A. Astrophotography with non-SLR digital cameras; B. Webcam and video planetary imaging.
Short guide to teach the essentials of DSLR astrophotography to amateur astronomers.
Michael Covington is one of America's leading amateur astronomers and author of the highly acclaimed Astrophotography for the Amateur (Cambridge University Press, Second Edition 1999).
'... Covington has put a lot of effort into this work and it is very comprehensive and well written.' Astronomy Now 'It is a book that could get an amateur from being a complete astrophotography novice to an advanced DSLR imager ... For someone starting out on the road to DSLR astro-imaging it is well worth having.' Astronomy Now '... so ideal for astrophotographers ...' Spaceflight 'Having used Michael Covington's earlier boo, Astrophotography for the Amateur, I was interested to find out whether digital SLR was up to the same standard. I am pleased to report that it is ... Whilst I have been using a Canon 300D for some time, I found this book to be very useful [to] solve some of the difficulties I was having, and can thoroughly recommend this book. it is a valuable addition to the astro-imagers bookshelf.' F.A.S. Newsletter 'You never stop learning about this vast topic, so it's great when a book comes along that's loaded with tips to take your imaging further. ... Covington conveys the information in such a relaxed style that even the techie stuff is pleasant to read. Everything about DSLRs you can think of is covered here and the text is complemented by clear and informative line drawings and black and white photos. Illustrations showing you how to couple a camera and a telescope are particularly good and very helpful for beginners. The text is littered with commonsense practical advice and useful tips ... every DLSR astrophotographer should have a copy of this great book.' BBC Sky at Night