A Guide to DSLR Planetary Imaging



A Guide to DSLR Planetary Imaging


This book by Jerry Lodriguss explains how to take, and process, beautiful photos of the Sun, Moon and planets by recording the video from Live View in your Canon DSLR camera.

Learn how to use "Lucky Imaging" techniques to record craters on the Moon, sunspots on the Sun, and high-resolution detail on the planets such as the Great Red Spot on Jupiter, Cassini's division in the rings of Saturn, and the polar cap and surface details on Mars.

Lucky Imaging records hundreds, or even thousands, of frames in a short video of several minutes length with special Live View capture programs. Unique freeware planetary image-processing programs are then used to analyze each frame in the video and pick out the sharpest ones that were "lucky" to be captured during a moment of good seeing where fine detail is recorded. These frames are then composited together by the program and sharpening is applied. Step-by-step instructions for using both video capture and image processing programs are provided. 

You can learn the secrets of high-resolution planetary photography with a DSLR camera with this book!

With this book you will learn how to:

Take high-resolution planetary images.

Use your DSLR camera and computer to record Live View for Lucky Imaging.

Process the video to produce spectacular results.

Use the best camera settings for planetary photography.

Correctly magnify the image to capture all of the detail present.

Recognize the importance of good "seeing" for high-resolution imaging.

Focus exactly for razor-sharp images.

Determine the correct exposure to use.

Acclimate and critically collimate your scope for good imaging.

Use these Live View capture programs with step-by-step instructions:

Backyard EOS

Astro Photography Tool

EOS Camera Movie Record

Images Plus Camera Control

Use these Lucky Image processing programs with step-by-step instructions:




Images Plus

Convert MOV video files to AVI files that can be used in planetary image processing programs.


The book also contains references and resources for planetary photography, a glossary of technical terms used in the book, a fully searchable index, and formulas and calculators for planetary imaging.

Make a commitment to improving your astrophotography! You've invested a lot of hard work to earn the money to buy your DSLR, so don't waste its potential. Learn how to do planetary photography with it now. All you need is a Canon DSLR with Live View!

About the Book on CD-ROM

A Guide to DSLR Planetary Imaging is not a traditional paper book. It is a digital book on CD-ROM written in HTML that you will be able to view on your traditional desktop or laptop computer in any web browser such as Microsoft Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Safari or Opera.

It offers unique features such as "mouse-overs" that allow before and after comparisons of images by simply holding the mouse cursor over the image.

Low-noise DSLR cameras with Live View have opened up an exciting new world of digital video planetary photography. With this book you can learn how to take remarkably beautiful images of solar system objects with your DSLR camera!

Video Tutorials and Practice Files Included!

More than 100 minutes of video tutorials with step-by-step instructions for complete image processing and enhancement of planetary images are included on the CD-ROM.

Short planetary original videos are also included for you to practice with in planetary image processing programs.

Brief Author's Biography

Jerry Lodriguss is a professional writer and photographer who has taking astrophotos for more than 35 years. His articles have been published in Sky and Telescope, Astronomy and other magazines, and his astronomical images have appeared in books and magazines throughout the world.

His previous highly acclaimed books, A Guide to Digital SLR Photography and Photoshop for Astrophotographers, were named as "Hot Products" by Sky and Telescope magazine when they were published.

His work as been featured many times on NASA's Astronomy Photo of the Day, and has been included in exhibits by the Space Telescope Science Institute Hubble Heritage Program, Smithsonian Institution National Air and Space Museum, American Museum of Natural History, and in the book Through the Lens: National Geographic's Greatest Photographs.

Reader's Quotes

"The book is very comprehensive. When I saw the title I thought "how could one possibly write an entire book on this subject" and yet you did it!

"I think the information is presented in a manner that will be a must-have resource for both first time and long time DSLR camera users. I have been imaging a long time and I know my planetary, lunar and solar images will improve because of your advice.

"I can't wait to try out the different software you cover, especially for planetary stacking, and also your planet processing steps."

           - Gary Honis

"Jerry has done it again! A Guide to DSLR Planetary Imaging should be required reading for anyone wishing to use a DSLR or webcam for planetary, lunar or solar imaging. It is clearly written and chock-full of useful and up-to-date information and resources!"

           - Bart Declercq

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