Personal interest in astronomy, particularly as an amateur has
been somewhat of obsession. Having written and contributed to
over 15 astronomy related books and numerous magazines worldwide
and in Australia over the years, I decided to write a few of my
own and pass on experiences and the overall joy of this hobby.
To date, I have eight published titles which range from advanced
to intermediate and even young readers. And while one does not
get rich writing specialist title books, author satisfaction
comes from meeting those who have discovered or found renewed
interest in the hobby having read one of them. Thank you to
those of you out there who have supported my works over the
Started on the first
published title in 1998 and it was released in 2000. Video Astronomy
is a beginners reference guide to using CCTV based CCD cameras for
imaging the brightest object like the planets, meteors, the Sun and
Moon. It includes all the practical information needed to understand
the basic of this technology, its application as a useful tool in
astronomy plus how to make your own astro-camera from cheaply
available CCTV components found in some consumer hobby
electronics stores. It was a sell out world-wide.
Astronomy - Revised Edition
As we were just going to
press with the first edition, many advances in Video technology were
arriving into the market place. In 2004 I added several updates to
the first edition to cover these amazing advances including the new
evolvement of onboard image accumulation camera technology which now
saw video enter the deep-sky capable realm. We were deeply gratified
to find that this title has been referenced as the bible of video
astronomy in many other books published around the world.
Sky Video Astronomy
Steve Massey & Steve Quirk
depth guide to the wonderful world of modern video CCD technology and how it is used to
image faint deep sky targets with basic telescopes from the backyard. Plus in-depth image
processing procedures to get the best out of your video images.
Published in 2009 and
re-printed in 2011, our
aim in this in depth title is to answer the most common questions
we are bombarded with from fellow Video Astro Photographers. Rather
than a glossy overview we decided to make this one a true hands-on
practical guide within the Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy series.
It includes detailed insight into modern frame accumulation video
technology and how to process your images to ensure you reveal the
finest detail in those images. It is the next step level, practical
video astronomy reference for modern day videographers.
An introductory guide to observing
the Sun, Moon & Planets.
Published in 2003,
this book came about from my own deep interest in the planets and
the exciting views they reveal even in common small telescopes. But,
I specifically wanted something specifically geared toward Southern
Hemisphere observers. After 3 publisher offers New Holland were the
most committed to this small market. Sold in Australia & New Zealand
their gamble paid off selling over 6000 copies in 2 years. Many
amateurs I meet today have told of how this book brought them to a
new interest and hobby.
The Night Sky - Second Edition
the success of the first edition, the second edition was released in
2007 with a few collector copies in hard back. Including many new
images taken with modest backyard telescopes, the book also required
updates including the removal of poor old Pluto being classified as
a planet while several new small worlds beyond it are featured.
Published in 2004, Exploring the Moon is a introductory guide to
observing our closest celestial neighbour. This title evolved from
the publishers request and a need for a locally written and
published, compact Southern Hemisphere guide for those of us
fascinated by the Moon and its magnificent features so readily seen
in any small telescope. The Moon was the first vista I peered across
as a 9 year old starting my celestial journey in 1972.
Sold throughout Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the U.S.A,
Exploring the Moon has been a successful title with a personalised,
night-by-night view of our wonderful and sometimes underrated Moon.
Exploring the Moon
- TASCO EDITION
With its local and overseas success, Exploring the Moon was also
produced as a starters guide for Tasco Australia for those taking on
their first telescope.
Leading Southern Sky Atlas for
observers down under
Southern Night Sky
Steve Massey & Steve Quirk
comprehensive and easy-to-use reference guide for Southern Hemisphere star gazers.
It includes constellation maps with deep sky objects, lunar maps, guides to planetary
observing, astrophotography, basic
image processing and more.
I'd always wanted to
do a book of this nature since us southerners had been flooded by so
many o/s titles for too long. Simply tired of seeing so many
titles in book shops that were cluttered with deep-sky objects many
of which are simply way beyond the reach of the common urban
telescope owners. We needed something written and published for
down-under observers with a realistic approach for beginners to
It was a mission to
produce I have to say but I was deeply honoured to work with
Steve Quirk on this project. Published in 2007 the aim of this
beautifully produced hard cover book was to provide almost
everything in useful in general terms for all newcomers to the hobby
of astronomy combined with realistically observable celestial
objects which are featured in the maps and chapters throughout.
Dr. Fred Watson of the Australian
Astronomical Observatory who kindly wrote the foreword was deeply impressed at
how good it is. This title has been
one of the most successful Australian produced general astronomy
books of its kind. It has in fact earned its place into the text and
references of several other books out there as a great southern hem
We'd also like to thank the publisher for making such
an expensive to produce book so affordable. It has been listed in
ABC shops and all other major book vendors throughout Australia and
has also seen sales overseas. The second edition was released in
September 2010 and sold out the entire print run by late 2011.
The 3rd revised edition was released in June 2013 and includes fully
revised maps, more objects, more images from southern hemisphere astro-photographers and a monthly deep sky planner. Plus.. much
See more information about this book here
For the Young Inquiring Mind
How does the night sky work?
introduction to the wonders of our universe mainly written for young
This hard back book
was written at the request of the publisher to inspire young people
about the wonders of the universe that surrounds us. May adults have
said they enjoyed learning while reading this books to there kids
and even bought a telescope as a result.
Stars & Planets
A follow on from the
above title, Space Stars & Planets is a BIG hard back picture book
filled with many inspiring images and science information to feed
the young enquiring mind.
It has featured as a
science prize in many public schools across Australia.