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  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (Dec 10 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521700817
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521700818
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 18.8 x 1.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 558 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #134,108 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gives excellent instructions on how to use your DSLR camera for astrophotography. I am experimenting in taking pictures of the moon with my DSLR camera, and this book is invaluable to me, to give me guidance.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Frédéric Plourde on Nov. 4 2010
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This book will give you good ideas of the astro-photo procedures, basic information on CCDs, tips...
Good from newbies to intermediates.
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76 of 77 people found the following review helpful
Sort of a disappointment Jan. 16 2008
By Pulpit Pounding Political Pundit - Published on Amazon.com
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After reading Michael's previous works I was prepared for a good and thorough treatise on astrophotography with digital SLR's. Unfortunately this book doesn't do that. $37 gets you a modest 234 page, soft bound book that could be described as more of a draft outline than a valuable reference work.

Images Plus, possibly the most powerful and economical commercial astrophotographic image processing and camera control program available today only gets briefly mentioned in passing twice in this book.

And there is nothing whatsoever on imaging the sun, h-alpha image processing techniques or solar eclipse techniques and equipment.

Many other subjects are treated rather too lightly to justify the price of this book too.

I believe that Jerry Lodriguss's book "A Guide To Astrophotography with Digital SLR's" is a much more useful work however it isn't exactly worth it's $40 price tag either.

There is more useful and thorough information available on the Internet for free. Start with the Digital Astro Yahoo discussion group and then supplement with Jerry Lodriguss and Paul Hyndman's web sites.
50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
DISAPPOINTING... March 10 2008
By MASTER CAESAR - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In first place, I bought this book because of it was recommended from Sky and Telescope.
But, when having it on my hands and after reading it I found:
1- Author is making constant references to his other two books, with no further explanations (if you want to know more, BUY my other books).
2- Book is soft cover and pictures are black and white.
3- Has many formulas. Amateurs want a "hands-on" style, not making calculations that show the author as "how much I know", that's not practical.
4- Many parts are really useful, and some others don't.
5- Some parts look like a handful of advices that you can find everywhere on the net.
6- He explains methods, that end up with author saying like "despite of this method I prefer..." and then he mentions another one. A waste of time!
7- Add the book cost, and this is not a deal.
Hope my review can be helpful to other people that as me, thought this book was a real good one (before purchase).
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Good book however March 5 2011
By Barrti - Published on Amazon.com
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Like another reviewer, I found that this was a well written book however, I agree that a little too much was referenced in another book for its price. I am happy to look up the many websites which are referenced...I expect that these days. It is probably time for a new integrated book that has it all. The cameras discussed were a bit old now Nikon D70 etc.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great book, lousy Kindle edition. March 11 2013
By Santiago Miguel Vallee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I've found the book useful and comprehensive. A great introduction to the matter for basic astrophotographers (as myselfg) or newbies. Its structure is OK,and is clearly written using tech jargon just when needed. The only thing I will complain about is that in many parts of the book, the author uses to "see Astrophotography for the Amateur for further details about....". So, in some aspect, the book turns into a valuable appendix to the other books written by Mr Covington, and not a standalone material. If you are looking to have a comprehensive guide you would probably need the other astrophotography book by Mr Covington as well as this one to cover the gaps regarding DSLRs... Once I read "the other book" I will be able to give a better picture (pardon the pun!) about both... sadly it is not edited for Kindle!

What really pissed me off was the lousy approach to the Kindle edition. The books has many references in the "see page xxx" format, but Kindle does not have pages!. Image captions are in a minute font... that in bigger illustration does not have zoom at all (hence remain unreadable!). Also images appear within their respective chapters but many pages before the reference (and there is no way of going back and forth to check the image and keep on reading without having to bookmark. And to finish up, all footnotes appear at the end of the book, but without any indication of which chapter they belong to... so you have pages full of "1: xxxxxxx" but you cannot check on the footnote while reading or correlate the footnote later with the chapter.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Outdated but somewhat helpful Sept. 24 2013
By Wm L. Birch - Published on Amazon.com
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I would have preferred to give this book a 2.5 star rating. It is truly unfortunate for this book, being 7 years 'old.' The last seven years in digital astrophotography is a bit like the difference between the Dark Ages and the Technical Revolution. So much has changed in the 7 years since this book was written that much of the book is obsolete. I say 'unfortunate' because Michael Covington writes very well, in non-technical and easy to understand terms.

Probably worth mentioning that any book written and published before 2011 would likely have outdated information or parts. Still, this book is worth 2.5 stars because it has some easy to understand fundamental information and guidance. It should probably not be read by the pre-beginner. Worthwhile for beginners or new intermediates with some knowledge of DSLR astrophotography so that the reader will have some idea of the parts to skim over.

As an example, the latest Canon camera models discussed in the book is their 400D and the 20Da. Although this isn't a major issue, it does come into play when considering other recommendations. For instance, the author recommends an ISO setting of 400, but the general setting of 800 is more common now with the newer Canon models. In addition, the author talks about modifications, but today there are many types of modifications, some which include a cooling chamber for the DSLR camera sensor. Some DSLR sensors are even being debayered to create a DSLR mono camera!

Get the book used or borrow it from a friend. It is worth a read for the beginner and new intermediate who wants to understand more about the function and value of DSLRs in astrophotography. Maybe Mr. Covington would write a new book on the subject. He is an excellent writer!

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