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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:

Modern Astrophotography
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IX - Digital Astrophotography
'Horsehead' Nebula, Marcel De Kerolyr, 1929; 'Horsehead' in Colour, 2010
The CCD Chip has revolutionized modern Astrophotography beyond all recognition from the seemingly crude attempts made by the early pioneers of the 19th century to the magnificent coloured images of the modern digital camers. As to what will happen in the next two centuries of Astrophotography is anybody’s guess, but whatever happens, nothing can take away the work of those described in these pages.
They were the ‘Catchers of the Light’.
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IX.0 Modern Digital Age
Includes the two chapters on 'Modern Astrophotography'. Buy at a discounted price.
Part IX

IX.1 Pioneers of Amateur Astrophotography
On the 1st of September 1886 the Hungarian amateur astronomer, Eugen Von Gothard took a photograph of the central star in the Ring Nebula (M57) with a modest telescope. In doing so he became the first true amateur Astrophotographer.

IX.2 Modern Astrophotography
Modern Astrophotography as told through man's attempts to image the most iconic of all objects to be found in the heavens - the famous 'Horsehead' nebula.

Modern Astrophotograph from the days of pioneering amateurs such as Eugen Von Gothard, Afred Rordame and Marcel De Kerolyr to the magnificent images of today's digital imagers.

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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