Handbook of CCD Astronomy; Cambridge Observing Handbooks for Research Astronomers



The advent of charge-coupled devices (CCDs) has revolutionized astronomical imaging, both from the ground and Earth orbit.The almost perfectly linear response of CCDs to visible and near-infrared photons has enabled more accurate measurement of a wide variety of astronomical targets, including the surfaces and atmospheres of solar system objects as viewed from spacecraft. The spectacular CCD images returned by the Hubble Space Telescope and interplanetary missions such as Galileo and Mars Pathfinder have captured the attention of the public worldwide and are a testament to the maturity of digital imaging technology. In addition, CCD cameras have become almost commonplace among the tools of amateur astronomers, allowing professional-quality images to be acquired from backyards all over the world.