Planetary Astronomy, the book!


What instrument should I buy, is the one I already own fine for planets?

How 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, and Jean-Pierre Prost. This is a translation of the book Astronomie planétaire who is a great success in France since 2015.


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.

(October 2018) Planetary Astronomy is in its final correction phase, more to come later!


  1. Christophe Pellier on

    Hi Conrado,
    I hope it will not last long now. I need only a last correction.

  2. Christophe Pellier on

    Hi Almir, I’m currently motivating my editor to have it available for the coming summer… hopefully. Thanks Christophe

  3. Christophe Pellier on

    Hi Eric, we are still modifying the text. Part 2 and 3 will be ready on the next reading from my side, and maybe the first one will still ask again for some marginal corrections.

  4. Christophe Pellier on

    Hi guys, I had to revise in depth the translation. My editor is correcting the first issue of the layout. I will have to validate this last one and soon after, we will be able to send it to print…

  5. Hi Christophe
    I have heard that your book is close to be finished for English .This will be fantastic how are we able to order.
    Many thanks
    Stu Parker

  6. Hi Christophe,

    Any progress on the English version? Or do I need to brush on my scientific French et juste acheter la version française?

  7. Hi, got the English version any soon? Would prefer ebook. How about selling an “early access” version, having the final work whenever ready?
    French version ebook then?

  8. Christophe Pellier on

    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 :)

  9. Hi,

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

  10. Christophe Pellier on

    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!

  11. Christophe Pellier on

    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 :)

  12. 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?

  13. Christophe Pellier on

    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.

  14. 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,

  15. 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


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