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"This book is truly a magnum opus, a labour of love, and a great work of scholarship. It is authoritative, detailed, thorough, superbly illustrated, well referenced, and all-encompassing. There is no nook or cranny of the history of astronomical photography or its proponents that has not been investigated, noted, and embellished with a relevant image. It is worth every single cent of its price. It is an essential addition to every astronomy library. Anyone with even a vague interest in the development of astrophysics will need to have this book to hand; it is a vital and reliable starting place for any historical research into the last two centuries of astronomical endeavour." Professor David W. Hughes, 'Observatory' magazine, February 2015. Read Full Review Here:

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Pedro Re

Total Eclipse of the Moon 2007 - Pedro Re


Pedro Re is one of the world's foremost authorities on Astrophotography and its history.


Although by training a Marine Biologist and a Professor at the University of Lisbon in Portugal, he has nevertheless been an amateur astronomer for over forty years, specializing in imaging the heavens.


Many of his images have been featured in numerous books and magazines, including publications such as 'Sky & Telescope', 'Astronomy', 'Astronomy Now'and 'Ciel et Espace'.


The image above by Pedro Re is of the Total Lunar Eclipse of the 3rd of March 2007.


You can read about and see more of the work of this modern day - 'Catcher of the Light' at his website:


Theodore Arampatzoglou

'Lagoon Nebula'


Theodore Arampatzoglou is one of the world's foremost Astrophotographers. From his Observatory near Athens, Greece, he regularly takes some of the finest images ever captured of the heavens.


With a telescope of only 4-inches aperture, his photographs are often featured on both astronomy supplier and amateur astrophotographer websites, as 'Images of the Day'.


The image above is of the famous 'Lagoon Nebula' in the constellation of Sagittarius, No. 8 in Charles Messier's catalogue of Deep Space Objects, taken by Theodore on the 29th of August 2012.


He is truly a modern 'Catcher of the Light'


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History of Astrophotography - Catchers of the Light is the first fully professionally researched and referenced Book on the subject.

Dr. 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.

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