Astronomy Bookstore

This page lists books that have helped me personally in my studies of astronomy, astrophotography, ccd imaging and image processing.  If my websites have sparked your interest in astronomy, please look for any of these titles at your local library or you can order them directly through

Astronomy Books

CCD Astronomy and Digital Astrophotography

Handbook of Astronomical Image Processing -- Richard Berry and Jim Burnell

This is an incredible book and cd combo.  In my opinion, Richard Berry transformed amateur astronomy with his early books that allowed amateurs like me to build their first ccd camera.   Most of us now use improved commercial cameras but Richard continues his important role with this reference and accompanying software.   The cd with AIP4Win software is worth the price alone.   This is one of the best available tools for image processing and is continually updated with free downloads.  The book is not a manual for the software (that's included in the help section of the software).   Instead, the book is an outstanding reference covering the science of image processing.   If you can only buy one book on the subject of image processing, this is it!

Digital SLR Astrophotography -- Michael A. Covington

Mr. Covington has been introducing amateurs to astrophotography for a number of years and follows up with this detailed text for astrophotography with a digital SLR.

The Ccd Camera Cookbook : How to Build Your Own Ccd Camera/Book and Disk -- Richard Berry, et al.

This book provides detailed instructions for building your own ccd camera for astronomical imaging. The ccd images on my web pages were obtained with this camera.  If you're interested in purchasing or building a ccd camera, buy this book!  This book increased my joy for the hobby of astronomy beyond measure.

A Practical Guide to Ccd Astronomy (Practical Astronomy Handbooks , No 8)  -- Patrick Martinez, et al.

Practical guide to CCD astronomy.  Includes a thorough introduction to the CCD and associated electronics, image processing, and applications in astronomy.  Excellent text for the more experienced beginner to intermediate CCD amateur.

The Art and Science of Ccd Astronomy (Practical Astronomy) -- D. Ratledge(Editor)

Articles from twelve leading amateurs.  Provides practical advice and tips from experienced amateur CCD astronomers.

Ccd Astronomy : Construction and Use of an Astronomical Ccd Camera -- Christian Buil, Emmanuel Davoast (Translator).

Detailed, intermediate-level, text on CCD electronics, construction, operation and image processing.  


Astrophotography for the Amateur -- Michael Covington

Astrophotography for the Amateur provides a complete guide to taking pictures of stars, galaxies, the Moon, the Sun, comets, meteors and eclipses, using equipment and materials readily available to the hobbyist.  Astrophotography for the Amateur is the standard handbook for all amateur astronomers. It will also appeal to photography enthusiasts who can discover how to take spectacular images with only modest equipment.

The Backyard Astronomer's Guide - Terrence Dickinson

Outstanding beginner-to-intermediate book covering amateur astronomy and astrophotography.  This book will help you find the right equipment, navigate the stars and begin taking beautiful astrophotography images.  

Splendors of the Universe : A Practical Guide to Photographing the Night Sky -- Terrence Dickinson, Jack Newton

Beautiful images accompanied by practical advice in beginning astrophotography. This book will get you started in photographing the night sky with an inexpensive manual 35mm camera and a tripod.  If you're interested in trying your hand at astrophotography, start with this book.

Observational Astronomy Aids / Atlases

Advanced Amateur Astronomy -- Gerald North

Essential information on telescope optics, the atmosphere, astrophotography, electronic imaging, and telescope hardware. Chapters on photometry, spectroscopy and radio astronomy bring observational astronomy to a level where data of real scientific value can be acquired.

Burnham's Celestial Handbook (Volume 1, Andromeda through Cetus) -- Robert Burnham, Jr.

Subtitled: An Observer's Guide to the Universe, this volume along with its two additional companion volumes (see below) are an essential reference for every amateur astronomer. Much of the factual information on my web pages comes from these volumes.  These fascinating books can be used as references as they catalog thousands of celestial objects grouped by constellation.  I find the books especially unique in that they provide folklore, history and extensive descriptive notes about each object.   Add these three volumes to your library before all others.

Burnham's Celestial Handbook (Volume 2, Chamaeleon through Orion) -- Robert Burnham, Jr.

Burnham's Celestial Handbook (Volume 3, Pavo through Vulpecula) -- Robert Burnham, Jr.

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My astronomy-related websites

CCD Astronomy - CCD camera images of galaxies, nebulae, and star fields.

Lunar Eclipse Jan 2000

Astrophotography - Color images of comets, the Moon, nebulae, galaxies and the Milky Way.  Each image includes a description of the object, links to further information and how the image was taken.

Aurora Images - Color images of the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights from Alaska and Maine.  Includes a description of the cause of the lights.

Comet Hale-Bopp

Astronomy Resources - Extensive list of astronomy resources on the internet, categorized by subject with descriptions of each site.  

Last Updated on May 18, 2008

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