The Deep-Sky Imaging Primer

By  Greg McCall

I noticed the following post on CloudyNights by Charles Bracken. I repost it hear because it's a reference I use, although I have the 2nd Edition, so I'm guessing the 3rd Edition would also be worth getting.


I'm going to get the PDF version as the paperback is way too much by the time you land it in Australia from Amazon ($90.11 AUD)


So just in case you didn't notice this post and are looking for a good book, check out the post I've included below.

(BTW, another good book I thought is worth looking at is "The Astrophotography Manual"  by Chris Woodhouse. - I have the second edition)


----------------------------- Charles Bracken post ------------------------------------------

I've completely updated and expanded The Deep-Sky Imaging Primer with this new third edition. As with prior editions, I aim to provide an overview of everything you need to know to get started in astrophotography, including: 

  • The key principles of electronic cameras, optics, and mounts

  • How to choose the best camera and telescope for you

  • How to set up, choose exposure parameters, and take the images

  • Where and when to find the best deep-sky objects

  • How to process the images

This edition adds coverage of Affinity Photo, NINA, and AstroPixelProcessor. There are hundreds of updates, including a focus on CMOS cameras, many new exercises, updated PixInsight coverage (WBPP, StarNet2, TGVDenoise, MureDenoise, etc), new processing examples (with a focus on PixInsight), and many other minor additions.  


The book is still full-color, and now 280 pages with 373 illustrations. I've been working on it since 2018, and I've tried to incorporate the feedback I've heard from readers wherever possible.  More details and the full table of contents are shown at


You can buy the book at Amazon*, and by popular demand, I also offer personal copies as a pdf file--see the blog link above for details.


* Less than 0.3% of Amazon buyers leave a review, so if you buy a copy, a (hopefully positive!) review is greatly appreciated... otherwise, the Amazon algorithm doesn't seem to remember that my book exists.  And if you have any questions or concerns, you can always reach out to me directly at  


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