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The 100 Best Targets for Astrophotography

A Monthly Guide for CCD Imaging with Amateur Telescopes

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Part of the Patrick Moore's Practical Astronomy Series book series (PATRICKMOORE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Ruben Kier
      Pages 3-33
    3. Ruben Kier
      Pages 35-65
    4. Ruben Kier
      Pages 67-79
    5. Ruben Kier
      Pages 81-107
    6. Ruben Kier
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    7. Ruben Kier
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    8. Ruben Kier
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    9. Ruben Kier
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    11. Ruben Kier
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    12. Ruben Kier
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    1. Front Matter
      Pages 306-306
    2. Ruben Kier
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    3. Ruben Kier
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    4. Ruben Kier
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  4. Back Matter
    Pages 355-360

About this book


Astronomical observing and photography are favorite pastimes of yours. You want to combine the two, but you’re not sure how. Or perhaps you have dabbled in astronomy for a while and want to take another step.

What do you photograph? Will something that looks amazing as you peer at it through a telescope look the same in a photograph? There are so many dazzling sights in the night sky. How to choose?

Ruben Kier has some answers for you. With his technical expertise and wide experience as both a visual observer and a photographer, he can help you attain some of the best images you can imagine, perhaps ones you will want to send to a magazine or proudly put up on your website. And the secret is – it’s not that hard! It’s mostly a matter of choosing the right subjects and then doing the necessary post-processing to get results that will dazzle.

So get out there on the next clear night and create something to show for your efforts. Your friends will be impressed, and you will be thrilled at how you are able to combine the two passions of your life into one.


Amateur astronomy Astronomical imaging Best astronomy targets CCD CCD Camera Photographing deep-sky objects

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The 100 Best Targets for Astrophotography
  • Book Subtitle A Monthly Guide for CCD Imaging with Amateur Telescopes
  • Authors Ruben Kier
  • Series Title Patrick Moore's Practical Astronomy Series
  • Series Abbreviated Title Patrick Moore's Pract.Astron.Series (formerly:Practical Astronomy)
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy Physics and Astronomy (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4419-0602-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4419-0603-8
  • Series ISSN 1431-9756
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXI, 360
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Astronomy, Observations and Techniques
    Popular Science in Astronomy
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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)