Scientific Astrophotography Book Review

Jerry Hubbell first started using SSON for his astronomy projects in April 2009. Three years later in April of this year Jerry sent me an email message asking if I would be willing to review a draft of an astronomy book he was writing that would be published later this year by Springer for Patrick Moore’s Practical Astronomy Series. The title of Jerry’s book is Scientific Astrophotography: How Amateurs Can Generate and Use Professional Imaging Data.

I was very impressed with Jerry’s hands-on approach to the subject and to his excellent presentation and organization. After reading the draft I wrote the following review of the book for Jerry:

Jerry Hubbell has been using SSON since April 2009 for various remote astronomy projects. His new book “Scientific Astrophotography” is a well written, comprehensive description and guide for doing meaningful scientific imaging work in astronomy. Whether you are just starting out or are experienced doing scientific astronomy projects you will find the book to be an excellent reference for improving your skills.

Scientific Astrophotography is a great “How To” book. Jerry takes a somewhat engineering approach to the subject. In the final chapter in the book, Amateur Astronomer Access to Professional-Level Observatories, Jerry wrote a very nice section called Using the Sierra Stars Observatory Network (SSON).

Congratulations Jerry on a job well done! I look forward to reading the next book you are writing.

— Rich Williams


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