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29 July 2015

Focal Press has announced the publication of The Astrophotography Manual: A Practical and Scientific Approach to Deep Space Imaging by Chris Woodhouse.

Astrophotography, like photography in general, has been revolutionized in the digital age. With the lower costs of high-quality, powerful equipment now accessible to anyone, photographers of all levels can now capture the serene beauty of planets, stars, and celestial bodies.

"Recent popular television series, Mars expeditions and the availability of affordable high-quality telescopes and cameras have propelled the fascinating world of amateur astrophotography," Woodhouse said. "This surge of interest in a way mirrors the explosion of digital imaging in the prior decade."

Capturing the planets, stars and celestial bodies is both fine art and scientific discovery, Woodhouse believes. But it isn't easy. This book discusses case studies, providing charts, tables, images and real-life troubleshooting advice for astrophotographers "who wish to swiftly move beyond using standard SLR cameras and Photoshop, and who are ready to create beautiful images of nebulas, galaxies, clusters, and the solar system."

Contents include a brief astronomy primer before covering the full astrophotography process from equipment choice and set-up through image acquisition, image calibration, and processing. It explains how sensor performance and light pollution relate to image quality and exposure planning.

Woodhouse, born in England, was a keen amateur photographer as a teen. After receiving an M.Eng. in Electronics at Bath University, he designed communication and optical gauging equipment before joining an automotive company. As a member of the Royal Photographic Society, he gained an Associate distinction in 2002. His passion for all forms of photography, mostly in monochrome, coupled with his design experience, led him to invent and patent several unique darkroom timers and meters. After the success of his first book, Way Beyond Monochrome, he turned his attention to digital monochrome and astrophotography. He quickly found the technical challenges of astrophotography responded well to methodical and scientific methods.

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