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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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Returns & Refunds Policy

Although 'Catchers of the Light' has done everything possible to ensure customer satisfaction as regards the content, quality, accuracy and usefulness of its products, the very nature of an eBook means that returns are not possible. Once downloaded the eBook or any of its parts or chapters cannot be returned or money refunded, unless the customer wishes to purchase an 'upgrade'.


'Upgrade' is defined to be the purchase of a complete part(s) of the eBook or the complete 'Catchers of the Light', having previously purchased chapter(s) or parts(s). In such cases we will either refund the money previously paid and charge you the full cost of the new part(s) or the complete eBook; or charge you the full sale price less what you have previously paid. The method of refund will be at our discretion.


Please note a 'refund' on chapters purchased will only be given if the customer 'upgrades' to the complete eBook or the part from which the chapters are contained. For example if you purchase I.2 (Frederick Scott Archer) and wish to buy Part I (Origins of Astrophotography) then a 'refund' will apply. A 'refund' will not apply if you purchase I.2 and wish to now buy Part II (Lunar Astrophotography).

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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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