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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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In 1839, Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre, Niépce’s one time partner announced to the world his Daguerreotype process and in the same year failed in his attempts to photograph the Moon with it. The following year, a New York University, Professor of Chemistry, John William Draper succeeded and Astrophotography was born.

The ‘Ages of Astrophotography’ through its ‘A’ List of 100 ‘objects’ tells of the events and people that have shaped the evolution of astronomical photography from its first tentative beginnings in the 1840s to the time of the digital camera and the space telescope

It will feature the work of many of today’s greatest Astrophotographers, whose images have been seen by millions in countless newspapers, magazines, books, posters, journals, blogs, websites and TV programmes across the globe. These 28 imagers given below represent a ‘Hall of Fame’ of some of the finest astronomical photographers alive today:

  • Theodore Arampatzoglou from Greece;
  • Jean Pierre Brahic from France;
  • Dr. Miloslav Druckmuller from the Czech Republic;
  • Jim Ferreira from the USA;
  • Bernd Flach-Wilken from Germany;
  • R. Jay GaBany from the USA;
  • Dr. Robert Gendler from the USA;
  • Paul Haese from Australia;
  • Gordon Haynes from England;
  • Jason Jennings from Australia;
  • Dr. Walter Koprolin from Austria;
  • Thierry Legault from France;
  • Dr. David Malin from Australia;
  • Paul Martin from Northern Ireland;
  • Martin McKenna from Northern Ireland;
  • Jim Misti from the USA;
  • Tor-Ivar Naess from Norway;
  • Damian Peach from England;
  • Professor Pedro Re from Portugal;
  • Gerald Rhemann from Austria;
  • Eddie Trimarchi from Australia;
  • Daniel Verschatse from Chile;
  • Christian Viladrich from France;
  • Richard Walker from Switzerland;
  • Peter Ward from Australia;
  • Volker Wendel from Germany;
  • Anthony Wesley from Australia;
  • Hunter Wilson from the USA.

In addition leading manufacturers who have made the modern age of Astrophotography possible are represented - by the Santa Barbara Imaging Group of California, the first manufacturer of astronomical cameras for the modern amateur; and Diffraction Limited of Ontario, Canada, the developer of Maxim DL, the astronomical image acquisition and processing software of ‘choice’.

Their digital technology is used by all of the featured imagers and without them none of the modern images featured in the book could ever have been taken.

This book is dedicated to work of the pioneers of the first age of astronomical photography, many of whose names have long been forgotten; and also to the modern day ‘imagers’ who have continued through their efforts to keep alive the memory of these early pioneers, and in doing so have created a new ‘Age of Astrophotography’.


What People Say:


"... the best astronomy history book I've ever seen!", Philip Corneille, FRAS, Astronomer, Belgium;


"Perhaps the most original and interesting on Astrophotography and its evolution ", Theodore Arampatzoglou, Astrophotographer, Greece;


"...this book is an excellent complement to the Catchers of the Light. The idea of presenting side-by-side images taken by early pioneers and modern astrophotographers is innovative." Professor Pedro Re, Astrophotography Historian & Astrophotographer, Portugal;


"What can I say ? Wow, that is a great effort. I've only managed a cursory flick-through so far, but I really look forward to sinking my eyes into it. I love the layout. Fantastic.", Eddie Trimarch, Astrophotographer, Australia;
"I am glad you finished your Astrophotography book project, and the draft looks awesome - Good work!", Dr. Walter Koprolin, Astrophotographer, Austria;


"Wow!!  AOA is fantastic!  Again, overwhelming collection of vintage and historical images...I really like the format and your approach to tying historical with modern. Like 'Catchers of the Light', any page you open to there is something fascinating to read or cool photos to study.. 2 thumbs up!", Jim Ferreira, Astrophotographrer, USA;


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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':

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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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