By Martinez P., Klotz A., Demers t.A.
High-performance charged-couple gadget (CCD) cameras have unfolded a thrilling new window at the Universe for beginner astronomers. This publication presents a whole, self-contained consultant to selecting and utilizing CCD cameras. starting with a no-nonsense creation to CCD cameras, the authors clarify what determines digital camera functionality and exhibit how one can use a CCD digital camera and adequately calibrate the pictures got. The e-book additionally provides a transparent assessment of the software program to be had for visualizing, examining and processing electronic photographs. ultimately, the authors navigate a chain of key components in astronomy the place astronomers could make the easiest use of CCD cameras. this convenient quantity is jam-packed with useful counsel. It presents a transparent creation to CCD astronomy for newbies and an essential reference for more matured beginner astronomers.
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A practical guide to CCD astronomy by Martinez P., Klotz A., Demers t.A.