Photography in Astronomy

Photography in Astronomy

Photography in Astronomy

Photography in Astronomy

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The purpose of this book is to provide an introduction to the practice of astronomical photography. A description is given of the nature of the objects photographed and the instruments used, but only to the extent necessary to describe the photographic problems involved. Astronomical and astrophysical details and the more difficult to comprehend optical and mechanical properties of instruments will be found described in standard works and papers on astronomy and astrophysics. The account in Chapter II of the relation between the limiting magnitudes of stars and the aperture and focal length of telescopes has been taken, with some slight additions and modifications, from the paper by Whipple and Rubenstein. The properties of photographic materials are described briefly in Chapters III and IV in order to provide a basis for the better understanding of phenomena such as reciprocity failure and turbidity which are of importance in astronomical photography. The greater part of the material of these two chapters will be found treated in greater detail in the book "The Theory of the Photographic Process" by C. E. K. Mees, to which reference is strongly recommended.

The photometry of astronomical photographs (Chapter V) is, in general, an elaborate process, and each photograph frequently presents special problems. The subject could not be dealt with in detail in a book such as this, and attention has therefore been confined to general principles. The account of the methods to be used when no photometric standards are available has been taken from papers . . .

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