Catchers of the Light Books


"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:

Look Who's Buying Our Books!

Cambridge University Institute of Astronomy

New York Met Museum

Paris Observatory

Royal Observatory of Scotland

Huntington Library

Many of the most famous and prestigious of scientific institutions, museum and libraries have purchased the 'Catchers of the Light' thus confirming the Book's status as an invaluable source of reference on the History of Astronomical Photography; and indeed astronomy, astrophysics, history of science and photography in general, includingL

  • Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York;
  • Museum of Scotland;
  • Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge University;
  • Paris Observatory;
  • Royal Observatory of Scotland; 
  • Huntington Library in California;


Our Affiliates

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'


You can see more of his work at:

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Our eBooks are precious to us. They represent a lifetime of knowledge and experience gained over nearly half a century of hard study in fields as diverse as Astronomy, Astrophotography, Photography, Physics, IT, Genealogy, Family History, Architectural History, Languages and Life.
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There are a number of eBook formats which enable them to be read on a variety of devices, including, desktop PCs, laptops, PDAs, iPhones and the popular Kindle reader.
The 'Catchers of the Light' is not a book best suited for reading on the small screen of a smartphone or a Kindle. It is a large A4 size book, which would weigh heavily on any coffee table! It contains many photographs, snippet panels, diagrams and tables, including pages in both portrait and landscape format. As a consequence of these considerations, we have chosen to publish our downloadable eBooks in PDF (Portable Document Format) only. PDF has a number of advantages for our eBooks, most notably it presents them exactly as they were intended to be. Other popular eBook formats such as ePub and mobi cannot guarantee this at the present time.
We are currently working to overcome the technical difficulties faced when publishing a book as complex as the 'Catchers of the Light' in a format compatible with the Kindle reader, which is also completely 'piracy' protected. Once we have resolved these issues then our eBooks will be made available for this popular device.
The Good News is that we have incorporated the latest 'flip page' technology format in ALL our editions of the 'Catchers of the Light'. With this amazing format the reader can make use of an incredible range of features. 


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eBook and software piracy in general is a big problem for modern day book publishers. A recent survey has produced the following shocking statistics:
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  • 56% of users don't think there's anything wrong with sharing digital products they've paid for.
  • 36% don't even know this is illegal!
We at 'Catchers of the Light' think this is wrong both for us and for our customers who have paid for our eBooks.
To help prevent this theft of knowledge and money, all our eBooks are protected against software piracy, even after they have been downloaded.
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Our 'Flip Page' eBooks can ONLY be read with a PC, Mac or iPad with an Internet Connection. They are also protected with a purpose built eBook internet security system which allows ONLY the purchaser to read them. Any illegal access of our eBooks will be immediately terminated and appropriate legal action taken.  
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Any revisions to our PDF eBooks will be made available to you by downloading the latest version.
We will automatically eMail our customers of any revisions to our eBooks.
ALL our eBooks are now available in the new 'flip page' technology and as such can be read on any PC, Mac or iPad.
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The 'Catchers of the Light' eBooks on the History of Astrophotography can NOW be read on Windows PCs & Androids, Apple Macs and iPads. 

Our Customers can use ANY or ALL of the following THREE different formats to read the 'Catchers of the Light':

  • A PDF (Printed Document Format) version, which can only be read on a PC or an Apple Mac running Windows emulation software. This version does not require Internet Access to be read, please 'right click' and choose 'Save Target As' option to download the free PDF version of the 'Catchers of the Light' Introduction PDF;
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  • iBook Versions for all our eBooks are NOW AVAILABLE on the iTunes Store, and can be read using a Mac or iPad.

The free unencrypted introduction to the 'Catchers of the Light' - History of Astrophotography can also be read on any PC, Mac iPad or Kindle with pdf reader software installed. When purchasing the complete 'Catchers of the Light', customers will be provided with Access/Download Instructions for ALL of the above THREE versions of the eBook.

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About Catchers of the Light eBooks on the History of Astrophotography, available formats, security protection and anti-piracy protection.

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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