Posted on Thursday, May 07, 2015
By Kadri

Astrophotography on the Go by Joseph Ashley

Astrophotography is a nice albeit sometimes lonely and quite expensive hobby that requires quite a lot of equipment. This book narrows it's topic a little and looks at equipment that is light and small enough to be transportable to a possibly better location be it because of light pollution or because of tall trees hiding the horizon.

The book gives a good idea of what kind of instruments you might look into acquiring and what you need to know about their usefulness - do you really want to get an ALT-AS mount or a Newtonian telescope if you're planning on taking pictures of the night sky with it? Or should you invest in a CCD camera when you're planning on taking your telescope out in the field where you might need to do a lot of preparations to get the necessary electricity for your mount and computer.

Astrophotography on the Go is a well compiled handbook, as you get all the necessary information from beginning to end - equipment, how to set it up, what to look out for, what to take pictures of and how to work with the images you get later on in a photo editing program. The preferred method in this book is using rather short exposures and later stacking them, and it tackles it thoroughly, not just giving you the basics, but also some useful mathematics if you want to figure some things out before you go out into the dark to start with your photography.

It's helpful and clear in case you want to take pictures of planets and nebulae and star clusters.
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