The Ultimate History of Astrophotography

by catcher Thursday, August 9, 2012 11:51 PM


Buy the eBook or Printed Book - at the 'Catchers of the Light' shop.

Here are some recent comments made by those who have purchased the 'Catchers of the Light':

"What a unique book this is. Read and go with Dr. Hughes on a magical journey to the stars. How refreshing to read something so completely new and not get the feeling that you have read it all before. The author's painstaking research, knowledge and enthusiasm are really 'out of this world'. This is one of the best books of our time." - Jonathan Taylor, Brisbane, Australia.

"A fascinating insight into the subject of Astrophotography. It is amazing that a single person has been responsible for creating this magnificent and incredibly interesting book. If anyone wants a good decent book in their library then it should be this one."  - Dora Studd, Felixstowe, Suffolk, England.

"With its sleek and innovative presentation and thought provoking title this book has to be a winner. You know from the minute you turn the first page that it is something special. Read it, learn from it, but above all enjoy it." - Peter Ross, Cork, Ireland.

"These Hitherto forgotten and anonymous pioneers of Astrophotography have been resurrected by Dr Hughes to give them their rightful place in history. These are not fictitious characters invented by the author but actual people with hopes and aspirations to push their chosen subject into the future. A history book, a reference book, a story book. A classic." - Claire Ferguson, Edinburgh, Scotland

"This is a great book on a fascinating subject that has an appeal to a wide audience. Your format and style has made it not only accessible to as many of those as possible but has ensured also that each reader comes away with something new to think about with regards to the star watchers and the heavenly bodies themselves. So full of poetry and information, the book is not at all burdened as with an academic text. The short chapters add to the good flow and the personal information that you bring of your own love and experiences with Astrophotography help connect the reader to the subject in an intimate way." - Steve Seven, Harz, Germany

"Brilliant presentation on the art of astrophotography! This is an extremely well organized, erudite history, smoothly and beautifully written. I recommend this highly to anyone interested in astrophotography and to anyone who just wants to learn something new about a fascinating field.” – Professor Patricia Laster, USA.


History of Astrophotography

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Stefan Hughes began his career as a professional astronomer, gaining a 1st Class Honours degree in Astronomy from the University of Leicester in 1974 and his PhD four years later on the 'Resonance Orbits of Artificial Satellites due to Lunisolar Perturbations', which was published as a series of papers in the Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. After graduating he became a Research fellow in Astronomy, followed by a spell as a lecturer in Applied Mathematics at Queen Mary College, London. Then came a ten year long career as an IT Consultant. In 'mid life' he spent several years retraining as a Genealogist, Record Agent and Architectural Historian, which he practiced for a number of years before moving to the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, where for the past ten years he has been imaging the heavens, as well as researching and writing the 'Catchers of the Light' - A History of Astrophotography.