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Making Beautiful Deep-Sky Images

Astrophotography with Affordable Equipment and Software


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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Greg Parker
    Pages 1-13
  3. Greg Parker
    Pages 19-38
  4. Greg Parker
    Pages 45-49
  5. Greg Parker
    Pages 51-58
  6. Greg Parker
    Pages 59-62
  7. Greg Parker
    Pages 69-74
  8. Greg Parker
    Pages 75-83
  9. Greg Parker
    Pages 85-94
  10. Greg Parker
    Pages 95-105
  11. Greg Parker
    Pages 107-151
  12. Greg Parker
    Pages 153-160
  13. Greg Parker
    Pages 161-165
  14. Greg Parker
    Pages 167-170
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 171-189

About this book


In this updated version of his classic on deep-sky imaging, astrophotographer Greg Parker describes how the latest technology can help amateur astronomers process their own beautiful images. Whether you are taking your own images from a backyard system or processing data from space telescopes, this book shows you how to enhance the visuals in the "electronic darkroom" for maximum beauty and impact. The wealth of options in the astrophotography realm has exploded in the recent past, and Parker proves an able guide for the interested imager to improve his or her comfort level against this exciting new technological backdrop.


From addressing the latest DSLR equipment to updating the usage of Hyperstar imaging telescopes and explaining the utility of parallel imaging arrays, this edition brings the book fully up-to-date, and includes clear tutorials, helpful references, and gorgeous color astrophotography by one of the experts in the field.


CCD Astrophotography CCD camera Deep-Sky Imaging making astroimages using the Hyperstar camera DSLR imaging for astronomy Wide field astronomy imaging Determining angular size of objects in the sky Processing space telescope data Using Hubble for image processing

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.BrockenhurstUnited Kingdom

About the authors

Professor Greg Parker was Head of the Nanoscale Systems Integration Group at Southampton University in southern England until his recent retirement. His deep-sky astronomical images have been published in Astronomy Now and Sky at Night magazines. He is the author of Introductory Semiconductor Device Physics (IOP, ISBN 0750310219), and has written many scientific papers and articles, mostly in the area of photonics and optoelectronics, as well as a chapter (Guided-wave Optical Communications: Materials) in Elsevier’s Encyclopaedia of Materials: Science & Technology.

Bibliographic information


“Parker provides a detailed guide to setting up one's telescope and making sophisticated images using the currently available software. … The extensive bibliography provides the novice with a wealth of print and web resources for further study. … Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and general readers.” (D. E. Hogg, Choice, Vol. 55 (10), June, 2018)

“The writing is very clear, offering many tips and techniques. … This book will be a valuable reference to anyone wishing to get started in this fascinating hobby.” (Computing Reviews, November, 2017)

“This book doubles as a technical guide to deep sky astrophotography for intermediate or advanced astrophotography enthusiasts but also as an inspirational guide to show what can be achieved with enough time and effort. … And ‘Making Beautiful Deep-Sky Images’ might just provide you with the inspiration to do so together with the skills you'd need to start taking amazing photos of some of the most beautiful astronomical objects.” (, August, 2017)