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Planetary Astronomy, the book to observe and image planets | PLANETARY ASTRONOMY

Planetary Astronomy, the book!

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planetaryastronomy_book_smallHow do I set correctly my camera to image planets?

How far should I process my images?

Using WinJupos, should I use video or image derotation?

I wonder what was this very strange detail on Jupiter last night…

How can I make scientifically valid analyses of my data?

If you ever ask yourself any of these questions (and many others…) you have certainly already looked for informations on the web, or ask people on forums. There are a lot of free good information on internet (… like this blog!), and many observers are skillful and ready to help you but…

  • Information is highly scattered throughout the net, and is not organized
  • Forums are made for people to share ideas or experiences. But then everyone is likely to post and you have no guarantee that they know what they are talking about, and no guarantee that the persons who have the correct answer will even see your topic!

In other words, you are losing time looking for information better than having the best advices at hand to simply enjoy your observations!

Planetary Astronomy is a comprehensive book about observing, imaging, and studying planets. It has been written under my direction by seven authors, all being skillful amateur observers in their respective domains: Christian Viladrich, Marc Delcroix, Jean-Jacques Poupeau, Frédéric Burgeot, Giuseppe Monachino, et Jean-Pierre Prost. This is a translation of the book Astronomie planétaire who is a great success in France since last year.


With Planetary Astronomy you will learn to:

  • Make the best use of your equipment: choosing an instrument, setting correctly the optics of the telescope, setting the camera, using planetary filters, train your eye to see all possible details at the eyepiece

  • Anticipate weather and seeing conditions, not to lose any good night

  • Use in depth the best planetary softwares: Autostakkert!, Registax, and WinJupos, how to objectively process details and colors

  • Identify features on planets: each of the seven planets (but Earth of course) has a detailed chapter that will help you to anticipate cycles of activity on Jupiter, recognize dust storms on Mars, detect bright storms on Uranus or Neptune

  • Analyse your data to go beyond simple observations: measuring position and details drifting on planets, making cartographies, participate to advanced observing projects including cooperation with scientists.

(June 5th, 2016) Planetary Astronomy is now entering its translation phase, more to come later!

  • #1 written by Conrado Serodio
    about 1 year ago

    Hi, Chris , very good news, I´l certainly MUST have one ! (in the English version).
    All the best

  • #2 written by Christophe Pellier
    about 1 year ago

    Thanks Conrado, hope it will be available soon!

  • #3 written by Robert Gill
    about 1 year ago

    Will definitely be getting a copy, very excited to see this in english :)

  • #4 written by Christophe Pellier
    about 1 year ago

    Thanks Robert :)

  • #5 written by Neil Gwillym
    about 1 year ago

    Looking forward to its publication – can’t wait to get my hands on a copy

  • #6 written by Christophe Pellier
    about 1 year ago

    Thanks Neil :)

  • #7 written by Stu
    about 1 year ago

    Hi Christophe,
    So looking forward to this book thanks so much for this web page looking forward to improve my imaging in the coming years

    All the best


  • #8 written by Christophe Pellier
    about 1 year ago

    Thanks Stu :)

  • #9 written by Fulvio Baldanza
    about 1 year ago

    Hi Chris, wonderful book! I certainly must have one copy!

  • #10 written by Christophe Pellier
    about 1 year ago

    Thanks Fulvio :)

  • #11 written by Erik
    about 1 year ago

    Hi Chris,
    I’m looking forward to this book! Can you tell yet when it will be available in english?

    Like your articles about the ASI224MC.

    all the best,

  • #12 written by Christophe Pellier
    about 1 year ago

    Hello Erik,
    So far there is no date of publication… the translation is just at the beginning.
    Thanks for your interest :) I will have one or two more ASI224 articles until the end of the year.

  • #13 written by Olav Norrud
    about 11 months ago

    Hi Chris,
    Websearch keep sending me to your site, great articles every time :)
    Really curious about the book though.
    This translation dragging out, does it eventually mean I have to recap my French from school?

  • #14 written by Christophe Pellier
    about 11 months ago

    Hi Olav,
    The translation has begun a bit later than we thought but it will be done. So don’t worry you won’t have to buy the french issue :)

  • #15 written by Frank Mraz
    about 9 months ago

    February 23, 2017

    English version available yet ?

  • #16 written by Christophe Pellier
    about 9 months ago

    Hi Frank,
    Not yet, but things are doing well. The first issue of the translation has been sent to the authors and we are currently reviewing it. Thanks for your interest!

  • #17 written by Nalin
    about 6 months ago


    Any news on the English edition yet? Thanks for your excellent efforts on research and sharing of your knowledge. Great Blog.

  • #18 written by Christophe Pellier
    about 6 months ago

    Hi Nalin, over the coming weeks, we’re about to work on the first layout of the english issue. So the book is not close to be available yet, but work is still in progress :)

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