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The Scientific Merit of Amateur Astrophotography

  • Werner E. Celnik
  • Peter Riepe
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Astrophotography is only a small fraction of the broad spectrum of amateur astronomers’ work. With the development of high-sensitivity emulsions, amateur telescopes of large focal ratios and good quality, cheap multi-purpose cameras (both 35- and 70-mm), and intensive public relations work done by observatories as well as by individual, advanced amateurs, the methods and techniques of astrophotography have become accessible to all amateurs. With suitable equipment, experience, and familiarity with astronomical problems (e.g. by close contact with professional astronomers), they are even able to make valuable contributions to science.


Extended Object Plasma Cloud Scientific Merit Zodiacal Light Amateur Astronomer 
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  1. Celnik, W.E., Schmidt-Kaler, Th. (1987): Astron. Astrophys. 187, 233ADSGoogle Scholar
  2. Celnik, W.E., Weiland, H. (1987): Astron. Astrophys. 192, 316ADSGoogle Scholar

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Werner E. Celnik
    • 1
  • Peter Riepe
    • 2
  1. 1.Astronomisches InstitutRuhr-UniversitätBochum 1Fed. Rep. of Germany
  2. 2.Astronomische Arbeitsgemeinschaft BochumBochum 7Fed. Rep. of Germany

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