I have written and published a book that I think will be of interest to the community: Remote Astrophotography Using Slooh.com - A Handbook.
Slooh.com is a remote telescope service that offers its members the use of eight telescopes in two hemispheres.
Slooh.com is a great way to extend the number of observing nights available to you because their telescopes are located at great observing locations. Despite it being a shared service, the telescopes are not that busy. If you are flexible with your time, you can probably book your reservation the same night; however, if you book a night in advance, you’ll be able to get the timeslot you want.
I developed this book completely independently of Slooh.com - I’m just a satisfied customer since 2014.
I targeted “Remote Astrophotography Using Slooh.com - A Handbook” at those that are beginning to intermediate astronomers and the book is full of practical advice that not only tells you what to do but also why you’re doing it, helping you build a good foundation.
The book is divided into two broad sections: Mission Booking and Planning and Image Processing.
I have readers use a variety of freely available software including KStars, Fitswork, GIMP, and AstroImageJ. While you can certainly use Slooh.com without the software, your overall experience will be better with it - plus since the software is free, there’s no additional cost involved. The book explains in detail how to download and install the software.
All you need with this book is your computer, your curiosity, and a Slooh.com membership at the Astronomer level.
I’m running a free promotion for the book between Wednesday, February 6, 2019, at midnight PST to Friday, February 8, 2019, at midnight PST. You’ll be able to visit the Amazon.com page and download the book for free during the promotional period.
If you do decide to read the book, I would appreciate that you leave a review.
I also make available sample chapters at the book’s companion website. I have a link from the companion website to the Amazon.com sales page.
Here’s the link to the companion website where you can also link to the Amazon.com page:
Review copies of the book are available after the promotion ends - please contact me directly if you are interested in a review copy.