Capturing The Stars

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Author: Robert Gendler
Publisher: Voyageur Press
Price: £16.99
Format: Hardback
Rating: 5

Subtitled ‘Astrophotography By The Masters’, this book celebrates the work of 35 astronomers, amateur and professional, who have perfected the art of photographing the vast celestial starscape.

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This isn’t a guide to improving your own astro images, but a collection of over 135 photos of nebulae, galaxy clusters and everything in between.

The forward by Neil deGrasse Tyson, Director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York, captures the essence of the art, outlining the difficulties faced by ‘cosmic photographers’.

You also get an insight into the people behind the images in their short biographies, which adds to your appreciation of the time and dedication spent creating the pictures.

Many of the photos, such as Damian Peach’s stunning view of Jupiter, leave you in awe at the capabilities of ground-based amateur astronomy.

This book is for anyone who wishes to pay tribute to pioneers like Edward Barnard and the author Gendler, who are, in the words of Neil deGrasse Tyson, “Smitten by the Universe and hopelessly enchanted by the objects it contains.”


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Vincent Whiteman is an amateur astronomer and writer