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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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The 'Ages of Astrophotography' - is the sequel to the 'Catchers of the Light'. It tells the History of Astrophotography through 'Past & Present' Images.
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Come visit 'Catcher' our colourful and vibrant Blog. Learn more about Astrophotography, its Historyand the pioneers who made it all possible.

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Recent Blogs have included a piece on William Parsons, 3rd Earl of Rosse and how his story is that of a Real 'Downton Abbey', the Story of God's astronomer - Father Pietro Angelo Secchi, Ten Famous Astronomical Photographs and the Leprechaun's Guide to Digital Photography - the true story of how the CCD camera was invented.

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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':

  • 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;
  • 'flip page' version for a PC or Mac, which makes use of your Internet Browser. It is compatible with IE, Opera, Firefox, and Safari. An Internet Connection is required for this version to be read.For an example of this new eBook reading experience, please click: 'Catchers of the Light' Introduction (if you are using a PC or Mac to view this page);
  • An iPad or Android 'flip page' version. An Internet Connection is required for this version to be read. For an example of this new eBook reading experience, please click:  'iPad: Catchers of the Light' Introduction (if you are using an iPad or Android to view this page);
  • 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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NOW AVAILABLE. A NEW History of Astrophotography iBook for Mac or iPad, told through 'Past & Present' Images taken by the Early Pioneers and Modern Day Astrophotographers.

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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