‘Catchers of the Light’ is very different
from any other book you will have ever read - written with a no specific audience in mind, only
intended for those who like to read about the lives of special people - those who never give up -
no matter what - and who succeed in achieveing the seemingly impossible.
It is read
by people from many walks of life - anybody in fact - astronomers, photographers, historians,
genealogists, art dealers, students, artists, doctors, farmers, builders, teachers & many
unbelievable collection of tales of adventure, adversity and ultimate triumph and tells the
uplifting stories of a small band of ordinary men and women, who did such extraordinary things;
overcoming obstacles as diverse as war, poverty, cholera, death, very unfriendly cannibal natives
and even exploding donkeys.
are ALL TRUE! - of the men and women who first photographed the heavens.
in the style of a dull and dreary textbook; but presented as a family history that will have an
appeal to the widest of audiences.
It is not a
work of hearsay and anecdotes, but tells the true stories of the 46 pioneers who did most to
master the art of celestial photography, as it was known during its early days; and whose efforts
have made it possible for us to see the many magnificent pictures of the heavens featured in
books, magazines and on the internet.
'Catchers of the Light' is more than just a History of
entirely on information obtained from genealogical research into original records, contemporary
accounts of the people who knew them and important documents provided by their living
Its 1600 or
so pages, its 1800 or more photographs/illustrations and over 2000 references/notes - represents
the FIRST fully detailed and professionally researched
book on the subject; and tells of the incredible lives of the pioneers of Astrophotography, each
with their own incredible story to tell - they were the ‘Catchers of the
If you have
seen or read ‘Longitude’ the story of John Harrison, the country
carpenter who built the first clock that could accurately tell the time at sea, and who also
made ‘Del Boy’ a ‘millionaire’, then
you will love the ‘Catchers of the
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‘Catchers’ series of stories like Geoffrey
Chaucer’s famous Canterbury Tales are about the lives of ordinary people told against a
common ‘backdrop’, his was a Pilgrimage and here it is
Astrophotography; but both were of adventure, adversity and triumph - only the
‘Catchers Tales’ are true and based entirely
‘Catchers Tales’, each feature a single
story taken from the book the ‘Catchers of the
Light’. This book tells of the men and women who first photographed
the heavens. Their lives are ones full of adventure, adversity and triumph - which would test the
abilities of even the best author or screenwriter to recreate as a work of fiction. Sadly their
names are largely unknown and all but forgotten - confined now to the closed pages of
history. Through the ‘Catchers Tale’ you are about to buy and read, they come alive once
'Catchers of the Light' are also proud to
introduce our own Astrophotography website where the modern day astro-imager will find
the largest collection of FREE resources, catalogues and tools available on the web.
Here you will
find all the well known astronomical catalogues with images: Messier, Caldwell, Herschel 400,
NGC/IC, bright star etc.;
dedicated imager there is a CCD and Eyepiece Calculators with hundreds of inbuilt camera,
eyepiece and telescope combinations;
And a Lunar
Features dtabase of over 2000 craters, seas, oceans, bays, marshes, mountains
historian an astrophotography timeline, a gallery of early astronomical
images, and biographies of famous astronomers and pioneer astrophotographers is
also to be found.
Our Astrophotography Website