Lunar and Planetary Webcam User's Guide

Lunar and Planetary Webcam User's Guide

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In the last few years, cheap webcams have revolutionized amateur astronomy by providing a very inexpensive alternative to purpose-made astronomical CCD cameras, which use refrigerated imaging chips and are thus extremely expensive. Webcams are capable of more advanced work than 'normal' digital cameras because their simple construction makes it easy to remove the webcam's lens, allowing it to be interfaced directly to a telescope. Using a webcam is not difficult but most amateur astronomers who have tried to do this do not achieve the finest results, despite the webcam's potential. There are numerous imaging and image processing tricks and techniques, and all of them are needed to get the best results. Along with webcam technology has come simple-to-use image processing and enhancement using a PC: the most powerful technique is, 'stacking' in which the best images (out of hundreds) are selected and summed automatically to provide startlingly good results. 'Lunar and Planetary Webcam User s Guide' de-mystifies the jargon of webcams and computer processing, and provides detailed hints and tips for imaging the Sun, Moon and planets with a webcam. He looks at each observing target separately, describing and explaining all specialised techniques in context. Glance through the images in this book to see just how much you can easily achieve by using a webcam with your telescope!Virtually all commercial USB webcams like the Philips ToUcam Pro have a Windows menu structure that allows you to set a maximum exposure time of 1/ 25th second and a maximum frame rate of five frames per second. It might, therefore, beanbsp;...

Title:Lunar and Planetary Webcam User's Guide
Author:Martin Mobberley
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2006-08-03


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