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The book everyone who loves the night sky should own. Like no book you've ever seen before - photographically and conceptually.
The book everyone who loves the night sky should own. Like no book you've ever seen before - photographically and conceptually.
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The project

Deep Sky Colors is a project that aims to produce a never seen before professional quality photographic documentary of vast areas of the "deep" night sky, in the form of a high quality printed hard-cover book.

This book - titled "Deep Sky Colors" -  will show you deep-sky astrophotography from perspectives you would least expect. Conceptually - and photographically - is guaranteed to surprise you, despite many clues are given in the following paragraphs that you think might prepare you.

This book will include many one-of-a-kind images of very deep vast areas of the night sky, all of them produced by the author. Galaxies, nebulae, gas, dust and stars as you won't see anywhere else. "Deep Sky Colors" will not only describe these areas so you know what you're looking at, but the author will also take you to the place and time when the pictures were taken, what went on, and at times, share some of the secrets about how these pictures were made that even those who also pursue this fascinating type of deep-sky photography may find surprising!

This book too gets, as they say, up close and personal. You're not only guaranteed to be entertained, but, along with probably a diverse list of emotions, you will also sometimes be surprised!

The Author

Rogelio is a world renowned astrophotographer and night photographer He is in fact considered one of the very best and most influential astrophotographers in the world today, having received numerous international awards and prestigious accolades.

Some awards and accolades
Some awards and accolades

From the Wikipedia: [Rogelio has] developed a personal style defined by deep wide field images that has led to international recognition and a meaningful influence on the discipline.

From the Advanced Imaging Conference Board of Directors: Rogelio's images offer a fresh perspective to familiar wide field vistas that delight and often catch the viewer by surprise. His unique style has also had an influence on wide field pictures processed by other enthusiasts and thus has helped to transform our view of the heavens- truly remarkable achievements.

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The Images

It is said that the Hubble Space Telescope gave us a view of the Universe we have never seen. In "Deep Sky Colors" you are going to also see views of our universe not seen anywhere else.

This book will feature about 30+ of the best astroimages from Rogelio Bernal Andreo, and only the images will be worth owning this book. While many of the images in the book will be some of Rogelio's most famous astrophotos, the book will also include a few images that have never been published before, online or otherwise.

Here's a very quick sample of some of Rogelio's images.

Clouds of Orion
Clouds of Orion
Around Rho
Around Rho
From California to the Pleiades
From California to the Pleiades
Andromeda Galaxy
Andromeda Galaxy
Downtown Auriga
Downtown Auriga

And many more!

The Words

If you would like to have a book with some of the most amazing images of our universe ever produced, this book is for you. But if you also ask a bit more from a book (say, words!), you'll be delighted to see that in addition to a showcase of our Universe and a description of what you're looking at in every image, "Deep Sky Colors" will take you deeper into astrophotography and our Universe, by documenting it from very diverse perspectives:

  • It's not a manual but you will find tips and tricks here and there.
  • It's not a storybook but it will be filled with stories, real stories.
  • It's not a science book, but you'll learn about science.
  • It's not an art book, but the book breathes art all over.
  • It's not an essay,but be ready to experience astro-imaging from a very personal point of view.

The Funds

The majority of the funds go to producing/handling the rewards associated with the pledges. Whatever remains is a mere compensation for all the work done in making this book possible: taking the images, writing the book, etc.

In perspective, the costs of producing the images shown in this book amount to many many thousands of dollars. If this Kickstarter project had to be funded from the ground up - as many projects indeed are - the funding goal would have to be well over $100,000 and it would take years to produce.

Deep-sky imaging however is mostly produced out of love and passion. When you back this project, you're not financing my work, my trips, my equipment or my time. You're acquiring a testimony of what I have been able to produce after thousands of hours of work (and fun) over the last few years, driven exclusively by passion and love.

Why should you get this book?

If you're going to own just one single book about space or astrophotography, I want this to be that book. If you already own a few (or a lot), I want this to be a must have in your collection. That's my goal.

As mentioned, the images are breathtaking, and they make this book very easy to glance at and already enjoy it. But that's just the beginning. Yes, I want us to go to all these structures and objects in deep space, yet that's not all.

I once said that astroimaging is like stealing a bit off the Universe and take it home with you, and, who wouldn't like that? Since not everyone can fully embrace the experience, I am now inviting you to join me, as you read the book, in a very particular journey to the world of deep sky astroimaging.

Risks and challenges

At the time of this writing, 95% of all graphic material for the book is already done. So is about 20% of the writing. When it comes to facing risks and challenges, this puts "Deep Sky Colors, The Book" in a much safer position than projects that require funding prior to starting. Aside for catastrophes beyond anyone's control, the only thing that might prevent this book from happening would be if the funding goals are not reached.

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    THANK YOU! No goodies for this pledge, but you'll be helping me with the funds to buy copious amounts of really strong coffee, my favorite beverage to help me stay up so I can capture the deep night sky. Every little bit helps!

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    POSTCARD: A postcard-size print with an image to choose from fifteen (15) of the best images from this collection, signed by the author.

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    PRINT: A 8x11 inch print of an image to choose from the entire collection of 30+ images from Deep Sky Colors, signed by the author.

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    DIGITAL COPY: A personalized digital copy of the book.

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    LARGE PRINT: A 12x18 inch signed print to choose from the entire collection of 30+ images from Deep Sky Colors, signed by the author.

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    THE BOOK! High quality, glossy images, hard cover. You're going to love it! Signed by the author.

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    COME WITH US!!! Your own copy of the book (shipped for free), PLUS you can join us during one of our photo outings in California or Hawai'i (see FAQ for dates), where in addition to taking shots for the project, I will also be explaining some of the techniques being used for this type of photography.. Be aware this will require you to stay up all night (although you are free to leave anytime of course) and it may involve hiking at night to secluded locations. You are responsible for your own travel expenses.

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    10 x LARGE PRINTS: Ten 12x18 inch prints to choose from the entire collection of 30+ images from Deep Sky Colors, all signed by the author. That's the same (better actually) as getting one print for free.

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    Your logo - personal or corporate - on the cover of the book. Also, 6 hard cover copies of the book (shipping included within USA) signed by the author.

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