Dark Art or Magic Bullet?

A Beginner's Guide to Deep Sky Image Processing

By Steve Richards

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Aimed at the beginner to Deep Sky astro-photography. Using PhotoShop to process the images, new concepts are explained in plain terms ensuring that the reader develops a comfortable understanding of the software and the procedures required. Advice is based on tried and tested methods aimed at producing stunning results from their hard won data. The logical progression of an image processing session from calibrating and stacking the data through to producing beautiful images full of colour and detail, is explored in depth in an easy to read and understandable style with numerous illustrations and examples to lead the beginner through to more advanced topics.

Published in late 2019 and available for sale in May 2020, this book will fill a gap in the list of publications aimed at the beginner to deep sky image processing. Many excellent books on the subject start at just too high a level for those on the first step of this very important aspect of astro-photography. This book seeks to redress this by discussing the use of popular software that numerous other astro-photographers use routinely but in this case, starting at the very beginning. The processes of calibration, alignment, stacking and deconvolution using PixInsight are also discussed in detail.
    The importance of other beginner’s experiences have been a mainstay of the topics discussed as the same old questions come up again and again on the bulletin boards and forums where I am an active member. I have learnt much from and subsequently contributed to the numerous image processing topics on these forums and the answers to these same old questions are pretty much always the same - and those answers are to be found in this book.
    My other book, 'Making Every Photon Count' concentrates on the hardware and techniques required for image data acquisition although there are sections on image calibration and processing so I should point out that of necessity, there is some cross-over in part of the content as not all readers of this book will have read 'Making Every Photon Count'
    The book has been designed to lie flat so that you can easily follow the procedures while working on your own image data.

190 Pages, 117 Full Colour Figures, 24 Chapters

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