Berry, Richard. Choosing and Using a CCD Camera. Richmond, VA: Will-mann-Bell, Inc., 1992. This book's subtitle, "A practical guide to getting maximum performance from your CCD camera," describes its mission well. Written as an introductory guide for amateur astronomers, it presents topics such as field of view, calibration, integration time, guiding, tracking, and image processing in a digestible format.
Berry, Richard, Veikko Kanto, and John Munger. The CCD Camera Cookbook. Richmond, VA: Willmann-Bell, Inc., 1994. This how-to book describes the construction of CCD cameras based on Texas Instruments TC211 and TC245, for amateur astronomers with minimal experience with electronics. Includes test software for construction and software to operate the completed camera.
Buil, Christian. CCD Astronomy: Construction and Use of an Astronomical CCD Camera. Richmond, VA: Willmann-Bell, Inc., 1991. (Translation and revision of Astronomie CCD, from the French.) This remarkable book was years ahead of its time, and is responsible for bringing CCD imaging to the world community of amateur astronomers. Contains detailed descriptions of CCDs and accompanying electronics, software, and display devices, as well as many images.
Hoist, Gerald C. CCD Arrays, Camera, and Displays. Bellingham, WA: SPIE Optical Engineering Press, 1998. An excellent general introduction to using CCDs as imaging devices for television and machine vision. Detailed sections on colorimetry, radiometry, array performance, camera performance, sampling theory, and image quality. Excellent all-around background for the engineer.
Howell, Steve B. Astronomical CCD Observing and Reduction Techniques.
San Francisco: Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series, vol. 23, 1992. A series of papers by professional astronomers about using CCDs for observations. Fine background material for amateur astronomers and students contemplating the use of a CCD camera for astrometry or photometry.
Howell, Steve B., Handbook of CCD Astronomy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000. An excellent resource for amateurs interested in scientific imaging with CCDs. Although photometry is the primary focus, astrometry and spectroscopy are also covered, and a section on CCDs in space observatories rounds out the book.
Jacoby, George H. CCDs in Astronomy. San Francisco: Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series, vol. 8, 1990. In the intervening years, CCDs have improved greatly, but this volume of papers presented at a conference of professional astronomers in 1989 is still useful background for students and amateurs who want to use CCDs for scientific observations.
Martinez, Patrick, and Alain Klotz. A Practical Guide to CCD Astronomy.
Cambridge: Cambridge University press, 1997. Describes how CCD cameras work and what factors determine their performance. Lots of practical tips on using CCD cameras designed for amateurs.
McLean, Ian. Electronic Imaging in Astronomy, Detectors and Instrumentation. Chichester: John Wiley and Sons, 1997. Although it was written by a professional astronomer for professional astronomers and graduate students, this book will interest students at all levels as well as amateurs who are serious about astronomical imaging. Comprehensive discussion of topics from the physics of CCD detectors through telescopes and instrumentation to computers and image processing.
Ratledge, David. The Art and Science of CCD Astronomy. London: Springer, 1997. This book is a collection of articles by well-known observers, covering topics that range from solar imaging to high-resolution planetary imaging, to observing form the city and overcoming light pollution.
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