Using Video for Astronomy

  • Steve Massey
  • Steve Quirk
Part of the Patrick Moore’s Practical Astronomy Series book series (PATRICKMOORE)
Video cameras today are being used for a wide and diverse range of activities in astronomy. A few are listed here.
  • The imaging of planets, moons, asteroids, and comets

  • Occultation imaging and timings

  • Solar imaging

  • Meteor and fireball patrols

  • All-sky monitoring for observatories

  • Supernova searching and confirmation

  • Deep-sky imaging

The most alluring features of video are the lightning-fast exposures and long recording times. In fact, fast-exposure, image streaming cameras make it possible to record detail on the space shuttle and the International Space Station (ISS) as they pass quickly overhead. Today, specialized video cameras have the ability to record very faint objects, and with some post-processing at the computer, the results can often rival more expensive single-image, cooled astronomy cameras (Fig. 1.1).


Image Sensor Planetary Nebula Effective Focal Length Frame Accumulation Interline Transfer 
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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Steve Massey
    • 1
  • Steve Quirk
    • 2
  1. 1.Hervey BayQLDAustralia
  2. 2.MudgeeNSWAustralia

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