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Making Beautiful Deep-Sky Images

Astrophotography with Affordable Equipment and Software

  • Describes how to take “Hubble class” deep-sky images from your back garden

  • Explains how to process digital astronomical images

  • Explains how to create your own awe-inspiring astronomical posters

  • Describes how to put together an astronomical imaging system using commercial equipment for deep-sky photography


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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. Greg Parker
    Pages 1-13
  3. Greg Parker
    Pages 19-37
  4. Greg Parker
    Pages 45-48
  5. Greg Parker
    Pages 49-56
  6. Greg Parker
    Pages 57-60
  7. Greg Parker
    Pages 61-67
  8. Greg Parker
    Pages 73-93
  9. Greg Parker
    Pages 95-138
  10. Greg Parker
    Pages 139-145
  11. Greg Parker
    Pages 147-151
  12. Greg Parker
    Pages 153-155
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 156-177

About this book


Amateur astronomers, using commercially available equipment, have taken some beautiful and awe-inspiring color photographs of deep-sky objects. But how?

Professor Greg Parker's astronomical photographs are widely known for their excellence, and a selection of them has recently been shown as a public exhibition in the UK. In Making Beautiful Deep-Sky Images, he provides a detailed account of how spectacular deep-sky images can be taken by amateur astronomers using CCD cameras, and how they can subsequently be processed and enhanced in the "electronic darkroom" for maximum beauty and impact.

You don't even have to own a big telescope. A range of telescopes and equipment is considered in detail, from Greg's 11-inch SCT down to lower-cost instruments.

Quite simply, this is a "how to do it" book for people who want to make stunning astronomical pictures.


CCD CCD Astrophotography CCD camera Deep-Sky Imaging astronomy books instruments making astroimages using the Hyperstar camera

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of Electronics & Computer ScienceUniversity of SouthamptonHighfieldSO17 1BJ UK

About the authors

Professor Greg Parker is Head of the Nanoscale Systems Integration Group at Southampton University in Southern England. 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


From the reviews:

"This is not a guide to deep sky imaging in general, but more a journey of one man’s embarkation into this exciting topic. … What I found most impressive was that the topics are kept simple and to the point. … I believe this book has a wealth of information for anybody who wishes to pursue astrophotography as a hobby … . Would I recommend it? Well the simple answer is yes, there is a lot of inspiration to be gained and put into practice." (Ed Sampson, Astronomy Now, June, 2008)

"Parker’s book is comprised of fourteen chapters spanning 155 pages and two appendices which make up a further six pages. … provides a list of 14 books which give a broad perspective on astronomy and can open doors to the newcomer with general information on astronomy as well as potential targets. … the book provides a good introduction to astrophotography that would be ideally suited to someone contemplating this addictive aspect of amateur astronomy." (Anthony Ayiomamitis, The Observatory, Vol. 128 (1205), August, 2008)