Video Astronomy on the Go

Author: Joseph Ashley
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319469371
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Author Joseph Ashley explains video astronomy's many benefits in this comprehensive reference guide for amateurs. Video astronomy offers a wonderful way to see objects in far greater detail than is possible through an eyepiece, and the ability to use the modern, entry-level video camera to image deep space objects is a wonderful development for urban astronomers in particular, as it helps sidestep the issue of light pollution. The author addresses both the positive attributes of these cameras for deep space imaging as well as the limitations, such as amp glow. The equipment needed for imaging as well as how it is configured is identified with hook-up diagrams and photographs. Imaging techniques are discussed together with image processing (stacking and image enhancement). Video astronomy has evolved to offer great results and great ease of use, and both novices and more experienced amateurs can use this book to find the set-up that works best for them. Flexible and portable, they open up a whole new way of seeing space.

Deep Sky Video Astronomy

Author: Steve Massey
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9780387876122
Format: PDF, ePub
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Deep-Sky Video Astronomy is a concise guide to using modern integrating video cameras for deep-sky viewing and imaging with the kinds of modest telescopes available commercially to amateur astronomers. It includes an introduction and a brief history of the technology, camera types, etc. The authors then examine the pros and cons of this unrefrigerated yet highly efficient technology, which is already beginning to compete with expensive astronomical cooled-chip CCD cameras in quality and ease of use. There is a thorough examination of accessories used to achieve particular results. Examples are focal reducers, Barlow lenses, and optical filters. However, the focus is mostly on the practical side of creating beautiful and detailed astronomical portraits using image-stacking software, enhancement tools like PhotoShop, and creating color images with a black-and-white camera. Practical step-by-step examples supported by tried and trusted tips show how to achieve the best possible deep-sky video portrait!

Astrophotography on the Go

Author: Joseph Ashley
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319098314
Format: PDF, ePub
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No longer are heavy, sturdy, expensive mounts and tripods required to photograph deep space. With today's advances in technology, all that is required is an entry-DSLR and an entry level GoTo telescope. Here is all of the information needed to start photographing the night sky without buying expensive tracking mounts. By using multiple short exposures and combining them with mostly ‘freeware’ computer programs, the effect of image rotation can be minimized to a point where it is undetectable in normal astrophotography, even for a deep-sky object such as a galaxy or nebula. All the processes, techniques, and equipment needed to use inexpensive, lightweight altazimuth and equatorial mounts and very short exposures photography to image deep space objects are explained, step-by-step, in full detail, supported by clear, easy to understand graphics and photographs. Currently available lightweight mounts and tripods are identified and examined from an economic versus capability perspective to help users determine what camera, telescope, and mount is the best fit for them. A similar analysis is presented for entry-level telescopes and mounts sold as bundled packages by the telescope manufacturers. This book lifts the veil of mystery from the creation of deep space photographs and makes astrophotography affordable and accessible to most amateur astronomers.

Video Astronomy

Author: Steve Massey
Publisher: Sky Publishing Corporation
ISBN: 9781931559096
Format: PDF, Mobi
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This essential reference book remains your complete guide to capturing images of the night sky on video! The newly revised edition includes expanded sections on webcams and the new generation of high-sensitivity video cameras. You'll learn how to use ordinary camcorders, and digital video cameras to record images of the Moon and planets, deep-sky objects, and fleeting celestial events such as occultations, meteor showers, and eclipses. An updated manufacturer listing and reference section are included.

Beginning Remote Video Astronomy So What s the Matter

Author: Jim Meadows
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781500958862
Format: PDF, ePub
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I am an engineer and like to solve problems. I also like Astronomy. As I have said in my other books, this is not a book about Astronomy though. There are many good books about beginning Astronomy and learning the night sky. This book addresses issues you may run into when starting to use your telescope and video assisted equipment remotely to see both solar system and deep sky objects while inside in near real time. This book contains helpful information that is not detailed in the manuals and will hopefully save you some time and frustration. See also RemoteVideoAstronomy.com. The format of this book is simple. It contains the following list of questions with a discussion of the issue at hand. Exactly what do you mean by "Beginning Remote Video Astronomy" (RVA)? What is "near real time viewing"? What is the minimum I need to begin Remote Video Astronomy? How do I use this basic setup to get "first light" inside? What are some tips as I get started? What can I do if objects do not appear in the field of view after a GoTo slew? What else would be helpful for an expanded system? Can I adapt webcams for Video Astronomy? Can I adapt security cams for Video Astronomy use? What are the various methods used to display images remotely in Video Astronomy? What are the pros and cons of the different types of cameras used in Video Astronomy? Is there a way to use a finder scope remotely? What may be wrong when using a hand controller extension cable if my mount continues to slew after reaching its target? Is it feasible to do Remote Video Astronomy wirelessly? Can I transmit the video to a receiver inside? How can I control my mount over Wi-Fi? How can I control my camera over Wi-Fi? What is involved in displaying the video on an HD TV? Can I adapt my DSLR for Video Astronomy use? How can I use video cameras for both my main camera and my remote finder from the same PC? What do I need to consider when adjusting the settings on the MallinCam micro when used as a remote finder scope? What should I try out first at the telescope before operating remotely inside? Is there a way to make initial coarse focusing easier? Is there a way to make focusing a video finder scope easier? Would a flip mirror be useful for RVA? If I can't turn the focus knob enough, what do I do? What do you typically use for your RVA system? What does not work very well for Remote Video Astronomy? What are hot pixels, warm pixels and amp glow and what can I do about them? How do you compare using a camera to an eyepiece's magnification and field of view? What are focal reducers and why would I use them? Where should I put focal reducers in the optical train to avoid problems with focus, vignetting, etc.? When should I use a Barlow lens instead of a focal reducer? Does Video Astronomy require an Equatorial mount and/or autoguiding? What is the difference between GoTo accuracy versus tracking accuracy? What is the difference between camera frame integration and frame stacking in software? Can I view a variety of selections from the moon, sun and planets to deep sky objects such as nebulae and galaxies with Video Astronomy? When would I need different thread adapters (T-thread, C-thread, T-Ring, etc.) and nosepieces (1.25" and 2")? What basic filters should I use for Video Astronomy? What are the different ways a camera can be controlled from inside? What are the different ways I can control my mount from inside? Is there a way to do RVA with just one cable? What are some ways you can do RVA wirelessly? How do I fix high COM port numbers that are generated when using USB hubs if they cannot be selected in my software application running on a MS Windows system? How can I view my camera's image on my laptop and TV at the same time? How do I keep the cables from catching on something while the telescope slews to objects? How can I keep an eye on my telescope and cables from inside when slewing to sky objects? Are there other things ...

Visual Astronomy Under Dark Skies

Author: Antony Cooke
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 1846281490
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Provide the reader with everything he needs to know about what to observe, and using some of today’s state-of-the-art technique and commercial equipment, how to get superb views of faint and distant astronomical objects. Only guide to live observation of deep space, utilizing modern image enhancement techniques (image intensifiers and CCD video monitors) Detailed information supplied on the image intensifiers and CCD video monitors Explains how to select and prepare sites for live viewing.

The New Amateur Astronomer

Author: Martin Mobberley
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 1447106393
Format: PDF, Docs
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Amateur astronomy has changed beyond recognition in less than two decades. The reason is, of course, technology. Affordable high-quality telescopes, computer-controlled 'go to' mountings, autoguiders, CCD cameras, video, and (as always) computers and the Internet, are just a few of the advances that have revolutionized astronomy for the twenty-first century. Martin Mobberley first looks at the basics before going into an in-depth study of what’s available commercially. He then moves on to the revolutionary possibilities that are open to amateurs, from imaging, through spectroscopy and photometry, to patrolling for near-earth objects - the search for comets and asteroids that may come close to, or even hit, the earth. The New Amateur Astronomer is a road map of the new astronomy, equally suitable for newcomers who want an introduction, or old hands who need to keep abreast of innovations. From the reviews: "This is one of several dozen books in Patrick Moore's "Practical Astronomy" series. Amid this large family, Mobberley finds his niche: the beginning high-tech amateur. The book's first half discusses equipment: computer-driven telescopes, CCD cameras, imaging processing software, etc. This market is changing every bit as rapidly as the computer world, so these details will be current for only a year or two. The rest of the book offers an overview of scientific projects that serious amateurs are carrying out these days. Throughout, basic formulas and technical terms are provided as needed, without formal derivations. An appendix with useful references and Web sites is also included. Readers will need more than this book if they are considering a plunge into high-tech amateur astronomy, but it certainly will whet their appetites. Mobberley's most valuable advice will save the book's owner many times its cover price: buy a quality telescope from a reputable dealer and install it in a simple shelter so it can be used with as little set-up time as possible. A poor purchase choice and the hassle of setting up are why most fancy telescopes gather dust in their owners' dens. Summing Up: Highly recommended. General readers; lower- and upper-division undergraduates."( T. D. Oswalt, CHOICE, March 2005)

Handbook of Practical Astronomy

Author: Günter D. Roth
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 3540763791
Format: PDF, ePub
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The Compendium of Practical Astronomy is unique. The practical astronomer, whether student, novice or accomplished amateur, will find this handbook the most comprehensive, up-to-date and detailed single guide to the subject available. It is based on Roth’s celebrated German language handbook for amateur astronomers, which first appeared over 40 years ago.

Astronomie f r Dummies

Author: Stephen P. Maran
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 3527687459
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Finden auch Sie die Weiten des Kosmos faszinierend und fragen sich, wie Wissenschaftler so viel über Objekte in unerreichbarer Ferne wissen können? "Astronomie für Dummies" bringt Ihnen die Weiten des Universums näher: Erkunden Sie unser Sonnensystem, ferne Galaxien und die Milchstraße. Lesen Sie wie in einem Krimi von schwarzen Löchern, dem Asteroidengürtel und der Entstehung des Universums. Außerdem gibt Stephen Maran viele Tipps zur richtigen Ausrüstung eines Astronomen. So können Sie schon bald selbst nach den Sternen greifen.

Das Universum f r Eilige

Author: Neil deGrasse Tyson
Publisher: Carl Hanser Verlag GmbH Co KG
ISBN: 3446259538
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Der nach Stephen Hawking prominenteste Astrophysiker des Planeten hat das ultimative Kompendium über den Kosmos verfasst. In Neil deGrasse Tysons Bestseller ist alles versammelt, was wir über das Universum wissen: über Exoplaneten und Dunkle Energie, über Zwerggalaxien und den Urknall. Der Autor begeistert wie kein Zweiter mit funkelndem Witz für die Wunder des Weltalls. Zugleich regt er zum Nachdenken über unseren Platz im Universum an und zu Demut angesichts kosmischer Skalen. Sein „Universum für Eilige“ ist das perfekte Buch für alle, die auf nur 200 Seiten die heutige Astrophysik verstehen – und sich dabei auf hohem Niveau unterhalten lassen möchten.