Using Video for Astronomy
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
Meteor and fireball patrols
All-sky monitoring for observatories
Supernova searching and confirmation
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).
KeywordsImage Sensor Planetary Nebula Effective Focal Length Frame Accumulation Interline Transfer
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