A Practical Guide to CCD Astronomy

A Practical Guide to CCD Astronomy

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.


"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

'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