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Offline Nimbus

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Helpful Books for Imagers
« on: 13:39:59, 20 November, 2017 »
I thought it may be useful to share a list of some of the books I have found helpful over the years.

You may already be familiar with these suggestions and I would certainly welcome others adding their own recommendations to expand the list more comprehensively.  I have limited my suggestions to those books which aid setting up and imaging through to processing and target selection.  You will may be aware there is a bewildering choice of coffee table books full of pretty pictures to emulate and a plethora of on-line resources that are also available.  Personally, I like a book to hold, so I can highlight important areas in the book, pencil in notes etc for easy future referencing.  Anyway here are my suggestions:

The 100 Best Astrophotography Targets -Ruben Kier

Making Every Photon Count - Steve Richards

Dark Art or Magic Bullet - Steve Richards

The New CCD Astronomy - Ron Wodaski

The New Astro Zone System for Astro Imaging - Ron Wodaski/Russ Croman

Photoshop Astronomy - R Scott Ireland

Inside PixInsight - Warren Keller (Thanks Chris below)

The Astrophotography Manual - Chris Woodhouse

Lessons from the Masters - Robert Gendler (Editor).

The Astrophotography Sky Atlas - Charles Bracken.

Additionally, I would also recommend the tutorial videos available from Adam Block that are worth their weight in gold - I must confess to being a huge fan of Adam's work.

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Re: Helpful Books for Christmas
« Reply #1 on: 14:42:29, 20 November, 2017 »
Good call Jim and certainly worth bookmarking.

Lessons from the Masters by Rob Gendler is one I recommend a lot even though it is largely Photoshop based.

For a Pixinsight beginners guide, Warren Keller - Inside PixInsight is well worth having though the quality of some of the illustrations leaves a lot to be desired.

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Re: Helpful Books for Christmas
« Reply #2 on: 18:21:46, 20 November, 2017 »
Lessons from the Masters by Rob Gendler

I hadn't heard of that one.
Thanks Jim. It's now on my wish list.
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Re: Helpful Books for Christmas
« Reply #3 on: 20:37:53, 20 November, 2017 »
Nice 1, Jim....

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Re: Helpful Books for Christmas
« Reply #4 on: 08:41:16, 21 November, 2017 »
Thanks all.  I have added Making Every Photon Count to the list.  Although I have not read this book, I am informed that it is a good book for those starting out in Astrophotography.

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Re: Helpful Books for Christmas
« Reply #5 on: 11:51:23, 12 January, 2018 »
I have just (speed) read a copy of Dark Art or Magic Bullet (A beginners guide to deep sky Image processing) and am about to re-read at a more digestible pace.  Although the book states a "beginners guide", I believe this description does the book an injustice and consequently can confidently recommend it to beginners and more advanced imagers alike.

I have added this book to the opening list above.

Given the cloudy skies were are currently  enjoying I was also thinking of buying a copy of Deep Sky Imaging Primer (Edition 2) - has anyone read it? Is it good enough to justify the £35 asking price?

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Re: Helpful Books for Imagers
« Reply #6 on: 08:56:15, 10 May, 2018 »
I have added the Astrophotography Sky Atlas by Charles Bracken to the list above.

This Atlas provides a great deal of helpful information including the outline shapes by category (colour coded silhouettes) of many objects Astro imagers may wish to capture. IMHO a very helpful guide to aid planning and gauge how well the target will suit your image scale and fov.

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