Night Sky Photography Book Errata
My "Night Sky Photography" book is now available (or available for pre-order).
Unfortunately, the publisher introduced some errors into the book that made it into the US & UK printed edition and the ebook version. I am not sure if these will be corrected in foreign language editions or not.
Long story short, on the final version they sent me for review I gave them a list of corrections to fix their editing issues, and about 95% of the corrections made it in. The publisher is aware of the outstanding errors and they will be fixed in future printings (if there ever is one).
Page 44, Chapter 3.5 - Intervalometer
The edited text here is making an incorrect assumption. It is not my view that that the “easiest way to program” is to use an external intervalometer even if your camera has one built-in. If your camera has a built-in intervalometer and/or bulb timer, try using that, and using an external intervalometer for whatever functions aren't in your camera. For example, many Nikon cameras have a built in intervalometer but no built-in support for shutter speeds longer than 30 seconds, or if they do support longer than 30 seconds it is only in certain increments. In that case you might need to use an external timer for exposures longer than 30 seconds. On some Canon cameras, both an intervalometer and a bulb timer are built-in, negating the need for any external timer. However, it's always good to have an intervalometer on hand just in case you have issues with the built-in features of your camera.
Page 105, Chapter 7.3.2 - Shutter Speed
The referenced screen shot of the Spot Stars tool in the PhotoPills App is missing from the book. This was in my manuscript and delivered to the publisher, but they left it out. Here is the screenshot:
Page 87, Chapter 6.2 - White Balance
In the opening paragraph (larger text) -- The text is a little confusing, first saying that white balance is worth paying some attention and then immediately saying that you shouldn't worry about it. The short of it is -- don't worry about it. It is only metadata, use daylight, or whatever you like, and move onwards. You will correct the white balance later in post processing anyways.
Page 115, Chapter 8.2 - Focusing
In the "Using Live View" steps for focusing on a star I failed to mention that you should use the magnification on your LCD screen to make the stars as big as possible on the screen. You can also use a magnifying loupe to make the stars even bigger if you own one. Also make sure that you do not change your focal length, always set the focus at the focal length you are going to be shooting at. Most zoom lenses do not retain focus across their focal length range. So for example if you set the focus at 24mm and then zoom out to 14mm to take your pictures, the stars will be out of focus at 14mm. In that example, make sure to set the focus at 14mm.
Inside Cover Bio - English Language Printed Edition (maybe foreign?)
The printed edition incorrectly lists me as a Nikon ambassador. I am not, nor have I ever been, a Nikon ambassador.