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Part 1: Getting Started with the New Astronomy
- About CCD Cameras
- Acquiring Images
- What Can I Do with a CCD Camera?
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- Setting Up Telescope and Mount
- Signal versus Noise
- Imaging Bright Objects: Sun, Moon, Planets
- Imaging Deep Sky: Clusters, Galaxies, Nebulae
- Fun Science with a CCD Camera
Part 2: Taking Great Pictures
- Start with a Solid Mount
- Selecting a Telescope
- Choosing Camera and Software
- Matching Camera, Telescope, and Mount
- Imaging Options
- What Does Guiding Do?
- Auto-Guiding Cameras and Dedicated Guiders
- Mount Calibration
- Autoguiding in Action
- Image Reduction (Calibration)
- Dark Frames
- Flat Fields
- Image Reduction in Action
- Cutting Down Noise
- Light Pollution Gradient Removal
Part 3: Advanced Image Processing
- Principles of Color Imaging
- Taking Color Images with a Filter Wheel
- Color Combining
- Histograms (Selecting the Portion of the Data to
- Improving Image Clarity: Sharpen and Blur
- Processing Sun, Moon & Planetary Images
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