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Shoot the Moon
A Complete Guide to Lunar Imaging

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  • Date Published: September 2016
  • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • format: Adobe eBook Reader
  • isbn: 9781316655764
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  • The Moon boasts an unexpected variety of landscapes - including volcanic features, sinuous valleys and ghost craters - which are readily visible from Earth. This practical guide explains and demonstrates how you can capture impressive images of our nearest neighbour in space using a variety of different techniques. As the first guide to be dedicated to modern lunar imaging, this volume offers an in-depth and illustrated approach to common optics, the essentials of digital images, imaging devices, and image processing software. Even in light-polluted areas, the countless features and finest details of the Moon can be captured by following the instructions in this comprehensive and accessible guide. Covering equipment ranging from smartphones and DSLRs to specialist planetary cameras, whether you are a novice without a telescope, an amateur developing your skills in imaging, or an experienced astrophotographer, you will benefit from the hints, insights and expertise within.

    • The first and only modern guide dedicated to all forms of digital lunar imaging, replete with numerous techniques, hints and tips
    • Describes how to use equipment from everyday technology, such as your smartphone or DSLR (with and without a tripod and telescope), through to specialized lunar and planetary CCD cameras mounted onto common types of amateur-level scope
    • Guides you through all types of imaging the Moon, from wide-angle views and lunar eclipses to highly magnified close-up views, with in-depth guides on getting the best resolution for your equipment and Moon-specific image stacking and processing
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    'Dupont-Bloch, an author and amateur astronomer, reminds the reader that the moon is a beautiful object with a huge variety of geologic features that can be seen from even the most light-polluted urban location … Have a smartphone or a cheap webcam? If yes, then one is ready to shoot the moon. Thinking about buying a DSLR camera or interested in a high-end CCD imager? This book will help one make the right choice. Want to learn how to make images with the best focus, get good contrast and color balance, take stereo images of the moon, find the Apollo landing site, or even shoot video of lunar impacts? This book shows 'how-to'. The work will be most useful to the serious amateur, but novices will find enough background to get up to speed with a little help from the numerous references and excellent lunar charts that are provided.' T. D. Oswalt, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach

    '[The book] covers the use of a wide range of equipment in all possible permutations, from phone cameras, consumer cameras, and standard lenses, up to the usual amateur CCD and CMOS cameras coupled to equatorially-mounted telescopes. The subject is treated with some humour (or quirkiness), with features like tables of methods where levels of difficulty are represented by social-media-type 'smiley' icons … This is the most thorough and detailed book covering the whole subject of lunar imaging I have yet seen. …' David Arditti, The Observatory

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    08th Apr 2017 by RichardJBartlett

    To describe this book as being comprehensive would be a massive disservice it covers every aspect of lunar astrophotography as well as the equipment and techniques you’ll need to achieve the best results. Besides standard photography with a regular camera, it also discusses smartphones and video cameras, proving you don’t need to have a big budget to achieve some impressive results. After starting with the basics (an overview of equipment and the characteristics of the Moon) the book then delves into more much greater detail about the imaging equipment to be used. Every type of equipment is reviewed, from telescopes and tripods to eyepieces and cameras. There are several chapters devoted to adapting the equipment before the book starts getting into the nitty gritty of the imaging itself. First up is wide-field imaging, which includes landscapes, halos, eclipses, occultations, conjunctions and Earthshine. Beyond that are a number of chapters that cover high resolution photography in quite some detail and includes a chapter on the types of features that are worth capturing. The techniques discussed come with a basic but useful table to show the difficulty rating and the pages are liberally laden with examples and illustrations to help you. Lastly, we have a chapter on naming and sharing your images, including a look at storage methods from CD’s and thumb drives to the cloud and publishing the images online. There are also appendices with a map of the Moon, the lunar 100 and resources such as books, software and websites. It’s detailed but still readable and draws upon the author’s extensive experience as well as the experience of others. Lunar imagers, from beginners to experts, will find it invaluable and I dare say stellar and planetary imagers could also learn a lot too.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2016
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781316655764
    • contains: 153 b/w illus. 77 colour illus. 13 tables
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introducing lunar imaging
    2. Choosing your imaging equipment
    3. Adapting your image device to the instrument
    4. Tuning your telescope for lunar imaging
    5. Wide-field, lunar imaging
    6. High-resolution, lunar imaging
    7. Essential image processing
    8. Advanced image processing
    9. Making 3D lunar images
    10. Measuring and identifying lunar features
    11. Photogenic features of the Moon
    12. Naming, archiving, printing and sharing lunar images
    Appendix: maps of the Moon, Lunar 100 and other targets
    Web pages, books and freeware for the Moon
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  • Author

    Nicolas Dupont-Bloch
    Nicolas Dupont-Bloch is an amateur astronomer based in Sautron, near Nantes, France. He has previously published two books in French and has translated a third into English. Many of his images have been showcased in Astronomie magazine and chosen as the Lunar Picture of the Day (LPOD). This is his first English astrophotography guide.

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