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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 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. We start with a no-nonsense introduction to how a CCD camera works and just what determines its performance. We are then shown how to use a CCD camera and calibrate accurately the images we obtain. A clear review is then provided of the software available for visualising, analysing and processing digital images. Finally, we are guided through a series of key areas in astronomy where we can make the best use of our 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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    Reviews & endorsements

    'With high-performance CCD cameras opening up an exciting new window on the Universe, this book for amateur astronomers provides a timely self-contained guide on how to choose and use them.' Spaceflight

    'The book is well laid out, with much to hold the attention of amateurs who are involved in digital imagining techniques … I would recommend it to the practical CCD user.' Kevin Sweeney, Astronomy and Space

    '… covers everything from mundane but vital considerations such as precautions against frost, to the mathematics of image restoration and astrometry. As well as a guide to using these instruments, the concise format, clear diagrams and illustrations make it a handy and concise reference book.' Sue Bowler, Astronomy and Geophysics

    '… the comprehensive text is commendable … a book for all CCD enthusiasts at any level of experience.' Maurice Gavin, The Journal of the British Astronomical Association

    'In conclusion, this book hits the spot and has a large amount of useful, practical information for amateurs who have a basic understanding of CCDs.' Webb Society Deep Sky Observe

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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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