About Imaging the Sun by Author, Jim Lafferty...
Imaging Our Sun is a full color pictorial review of my solar imaging experience over the last few years as the sun approaches another solar maximum in 2013. Inside you will find over 180 images, including those obtained with my Coronado 90, Lunt 100, Luntanado 100, Explore Scientific 127mm and 80mm refractors, and the Imaging Source DMK 41 camera.
The book is hardcover, with full color dust jacket and full color pages with a 9" x 11" landscape format. All pages have a quality glossy finish.
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SKU JL-SOLARBOOK-S Manufacturer Bookstore Author Jim Lafferty Cover Type Hard Cover
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Hi all as its raining here today thought I'd browse more thouroughly Jims book which I,ve had for a few weeks now.
I opted for the larger size and was not dissappointed ,the picture and paper quality being very high indeed.
This book is exactly as it says a pictorial using I would say mid to high end astronomical gear which although maybe above budget for many ameteurs will always be within reach for those of us that become obsessed with our Hobby!!
Jim begins by outlining his Image capture and processing techniques along with the equipment used to obtain the pictures which follow.He also gives the link to those who wish to know more.
Even in this brief section there are snippets to glean regards camera settings and post processing.Things that stuck in my head were Mid point levels and the use of contrast and curves in Photoshop.Also the use of the levels sliders for colour and the use of iterative Unsharp Masking.The use of 2x or 3x barlows for WL with the 127mm refractor. And disc shots in WL using an 80mm refractor.
As I do not use an Imaging source camera I can't comment on these settings but can guess that they would be a good guideline for those starting out.
Now into the body of the text or should I say pictures there is a multitude of Ha and WL shots with interesting colour combos and the Stellar backdrops.Lots of varying structures are illustrated which those of you who have been following this and other forums as well as your own observations ( be they visual or images will recognise.
I suppose the standouts here are The Annular Eclipse pgs 34,46,47Transit of Venus pgs 48-50 and The Massive eruption pgs 42,43.
On a personal note additional favourites were Loops and Sprays pg29Plane Transit and Spike pg 31 Starscape pg 52 and the Purple Ha disc pg 56.Of course there were many more all of which I enjoyed.
This book is obviously a labour of love and I think unique in many respects as it has been afforded by the huge rise in Solar viewing and of course the more competitive market for Solar scopes particularly the Ha Bandwidth and fast rate imaging cameras.
I think what Jim has achieved here is what many of us aspire to no matter what our hobbies and that is a collective of our work to share with other like minded individuals regardless of geographical positioning or language barriers and what better way to do it than a pictorial.
1= Houston, We Have a Problem & 5= It's Out of This World
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