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A Practical Guide to CCD Astronomy

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  • Date Published: April 2011
  • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • format: Adobe eBook Reader
  • isbn: 9780511823916

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  • High-performance charged-couple device (CCD) cameras have opened up an exciting new window on the Universe for amateur astronomers. This book provides a complete, self-contained guide to choosing and using CCD cameras. Beginning with a no-nonsense introduction to CCD cameras, the authors explain what determines camera performance and demonstrate how to use a CCD camera and accurately calibrate the images obtained. The book also presents a clear review of the software available for visualizing, analyzing and processing digital images. Finally, the authors navigate a series of key areas in astronomy where astronomers can make the best use of CCD cameras. This handy volume is packed with practical tips. It provides a clear introduction to CCD astronomy for novices and an indispensable reference for more experienced amateur astronomers.

    • CCD-astronomy is the fastest-growing area of amateur interest (Sky and Telescope now publish a sister magazine, CCD Astronomy, dedicated to it)
    • Complete, self-contained, and packed with practical tips
    • Includes a concise review of the software available for visualising, analysing and processing digital images
    • Reviews key areas in astronomy where you can get the most out of your CCD camera
    • By the author of the successful, The Observer's Guide to Astronomy, volumes 1 and 2 (Cambridge University Press, 1994)
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    "This book promises to provide novices with a clear introduction to CCD astrnomy while simultaneously serving as a useful reference for more experienced amateur astronomers." Astronomy

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2011
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511823916
    • contains: 45 b/w illus. 23 tables
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. CCD equipment for astronomy
    2. CCD camera characteristics and performance
    3. Image production
    4. Display and image analysis functions
    5. Image processing functions
    6. CCD applications in astronomy

  • Authors

    Patrick Martinez, SUPAERO, Toulouse

    Alain Klotz, Université de Toulouse


    Andri Demers


    Pierre Léna

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