A Brief Introduction to Astrophotography and Image Manipulation

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


On the face of things, photographing any astronomical object seems to be a daunting task. Most of the objects are faint or small, and the average astronomers list of photographic equipment could be limited. Although this may have been true in the past, today’s amateur observers have access to fantastic equipment at reasonable prices, equipment that can grab faint details and reveal deep sky objects in just a few seconds of exposure. In the last 20 years, the digital revolution has changed astronomical imaging forever. Digital SLR cameras, CCD cameras and webcams now provide the user with opportunities that previous generations could only dream of.


Astronomical Object JPEG File Luminance Layer Focal Ratio Photographic Equipment 
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Further Reading

  1. Gendler R (2013) Lessons from the masters: current concepts in image processing. Springer, New YorkGoogle Scholar
  2. Ireland RS (2009) Photoshop astronomy. Willmann-Bell, Richmond, USAGoogle Scholar
  3. Mobberley M (2006) Lunar and planetary webcam users guide. Springer, New YorkGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of South WalesGlyntafUK

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