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Title: New book "Mastering PixInsight" by RBA
Post by: RBA on 2019 March 21 14:06:27
8 years in the making. The book goes to print in September, but since I self-publish, we're starting to take pre-orders now. This helps us knowing how many books to print for the first batch. Thanks to all who have suggested or even asked me over all these years to get this done!  Paper copy and ebook (plus a couple of videos + some actual data to process).

The link to learn more about the book, preorder it, etc:
http://www.deepskycolors.com/mastering-pixinsight.html (http://www.deepskycolors.com/mastering-pixinsight.html)

The blurb:

Mastering PixInsight does much more than covering PixInsight from A to Z. In addition to including the most complete PixInsight Reference Guide on the planet to date, the book takes an intimate look at RBA's huge private repository of countless personal processing tips, "tricks", methods and know-how accrued over more than ten years.

This is the book where RBA gives everything he's got, and more.



The book has stuff for everyone, from those who enjoy quick and uncomplicated (but effective) image processing sessions to those who address astroimage processing as if their lives depended on it - well, almost :smiley:


The cover (subject to change):

(http://deepskycolors.com/astro/MPI/Cover_Sample.jpg)

It's being a monumental work but I'm very excited about how it's shaping. I'm working on it this morning in fact!

Thanks!
Rogelio
Title: Re: New book "Mastering PixInsight" by RBA
Post by: Niall Saunders on 2019 March 21 15:29:34
Hi Rogelio,

Looks like it's been fun  :)

I would pre-order a printed copy to have on the bookshelf for reference purposes, but I would probably also need the e-book version to be able to get the font size up to about 72 so that I could actually read it! Let me know what you need, and how I should get the funds to you - I am happy to pre-order, with full payment up front. (Of course, if you want to practice your signature on my printed copy . . .)
Title: Re: New book "Mastering PixInsight" by RBA
Post by: RBA on 2019 March 21 17:21:04
I would pre-order a printed copy to have on the bookshelf for reference purposes, but I would probably also need the e-book version to be able to get the font size up to about 72 so that I could actually read it!

Thank you Niall!

Actually, if you click on the link I shared, you'll see that the printed copy also comes with the PDF (at 300dpi).

And ALL pre-orders will be shipped signed too. It's all in the link :smiley:

Thanks!
Rogelio
Title: Re: New book "Mastering PixInsight" by RBA
Post by: Geoff on 2019 March 21 19:56:49
Great news Rogelio. I have ordered a copy. Just as a matter of interest, how many pages will the book run to?
Geoff
Title: Re: New book "Mastering PixInsight" by RBA
Post by: RBA on 2019 March 21 23:50:55
Great news Rogelio. I have ordered a copy. Just as a matter of interest, how many pages will the book run to?

Thank you Geoff! It's going to be a few hundred pages.
Title: Re: New book "Mastering PixInsight" by RBA
Post by: llpastro on 2019 March 22 08:07:49
Are there any sample pages available like they have on Amazon?

Larry
Title: Re: New book "Mastering PixInsight" by RBA
Post by: RBA on 2019 March 22 11:01:17
Are there any sample pages available like they have on Amazon?

I will make some sample pages available when the book is finished. There's still a lot to do before that, though.

Thanks,
Rogelio
Title: Re: New book "Mastering PixInsight" by RBA
Post by: martin farmer on 2019 March 23 03:24:13
Hello,

I’m in, looking forward to it. Rogelio is a great source of advice on Pixinsight.

Martin
Title: Re: New book "Mastering PixInsight" by RBA
Post by: ihowarth on 2019 March 23 08:26:33

I started a purchase and got as far as the Paypal page, where the charge indicated was the flat $55...so what's the story with the "plus shipping"?    I'm slightly wary having been stung in the past with unexpectedly large P&P costs (to the UK)....

Hope you're going to bring the "pretty picture" window to the top layer in the front cover    :)
Title: Re: New book "Mastering PixInsight" by RBA
Post by: RBA on 2019 March 23 10:14:23
I started a purchase and got as far as the Paypal page, where the charge indicated was the flat $55...so what's the story with the "plus shipping"?    I'm slightly wary having been stung in the past with unexpectedly large P&P costs (to the UK)....

Shipping costs are different depending on whether it's domestic (USA) or international, so you see the shipping amount once Paypal knows where the book is going. Of course, you'll see the amount before you decide whether to make the purchase.

Domestic is 10 US$, Canada is 28 US$ and "Rest of the world" is 35 US$, which is insane, but that's the cheapest price you can find. I wish it was much cheaper.

PS: I'll make a note on the page so people know how much they should expect to pay for shipping.

Thanks,
Rogelio
Title: Re: New book "Mastering PixInsight" by RBA
Post by: STEVE333 on 2019 March 23 14:02:42
Rogelio, thank you for taking the time and putting in the effort required to produce this book.

I have used many of your techniques in the past with good success. I look forward to having those and other techniques as well as your overall processing insight always available in book and video form. I also appreciate having the data available to try out the new techniques thus making sure they are being used correctly.

My PayPal order has already been placed. I hope you are able to reap some monetary gain for all your efforts.

I'm 77, so, please don't delay the printing too much.  :D 

All the best,

Steve
Title: Re: New book "Mastering PixInsight" by RBA
Post by: ihowarth on 2019 March 23 14:08:11

Ouch, yes, that is insane.    There must be other ways (which is not to say they're necessarily practical in this case...) -- e.g., i can buy (and have bought) US-stocked second-hand books from BetterWorldBooks for under $4, *including* shipping to UK (which is equally insane, but in a better way)!

Maybe try to distribute through amazon uk?   I know for sure that they do market privately published books (from outside UK), at inclusive prices again typically less than your quoted shipping costs.
Title: Re: New book "Mastering PixInsight" by RBA
Post by: RBA on 2019 March 23 15:25:04
I'm 77, so, please don't delay the printing too much.  :D 

Thank you Steve! It *might* be earlier than September, but I don't want to promise anything  :smiley:

Thanks!
Rogelio
Title: Re: New book "Mastering PixInsight" by RBA
Post by: freed on 2019 March 24 08:35:05
hello, will there be an e-book / kindle only version ?
Title: Re: New book "Mastering PixInsight" by RBA
Post by: RBA on 2019 March 24 15:39:49
hello, will there be an e-book / kindle only version ?

Yes, there will be an ebook version (a PDF).

Thanks,
Rogelio
Title: Re: New book "Mastering PixInsight" by RBA
Post by: fmarin on 2019 April 13 07:46:34
excellent news, I tell you there are thousands of followers of pixinsight, in speech hipana, thousands are "very angry" because it is only in Spanish sindo that those who designed it are Spanish. You know you would have thousands of sales assured even mine since you would open the door to many but many people who do not know English, in Argentina where I live there are many people who would buy it and not even talk in Spain. There are many people in the Spanish forums that would selflessly help you to do it in Spanish. thanks for your contribution!
Title: Re: New book "Mastering PixInsight" by RBA
Post by: RBA on 2019 April 13 10:54:34
Thank you! At this moment my goal is, of course, to finish the book - in English. A translated version to Spanish might follow but it's too early to tell.
Title: Re: New book "Mastering PixInsight" by RBA
Post by: Juan Conejero on 2019 April 15 08:33:35
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...I tell you there are thousands of followers of pixinsight, in speech hipana, thousands are "very angry" because it is only in Spanish sindo that those who designed it are Spanish.

If you reduce it to some hundred people, then we may agree. To be more precise, less than 700 users, summing users from all Spanish speaking countries. This is a small fraction of the total amount of existing PixInsight users.

From my experience, accumulated over many years, the only thing that could make thousands of followers of PixInsight in Spain is that PixInsight were free (gratis). In such case, very few would be angry because PixInsight is only available in English. And then I would be a cashier at a local supermarket (being lucky) and PixInsight would not exist.
Title: Re: New book "Mastering PixInsight" by RBA
Post by: STEVE333 on 2019 April 15 09:24:30
From my experience, accumulated over many years, the only thing that could make thousands of followers of PixInsight in Spain is that PixInsight were free (gratis). In such case, very few would be angry because PixInsight is only available in English. And then I would be a cashier at a local supermarket (being lucky) and PixInsight would not exist.

Thank you, Juan, for sharing a bit of humor along with the reality. I needed a laugh this morning, and, your response provided that!

Thanks also for all the hard work you have and continue to put into this wonderful program. And, hopefully, all your visits to the supermarket will be as a customer and not as an employee!

All the best,

Steve
Title: Re: New book "Mastering PixInsight" by RBA
Post by: RBA on 2019 April 16 07:34:05
If you reduce it to some hundred people, then we may agree. To be more precise, less than 700 users, summing users from all Spanish speaking countries. This is a small fraction of the total amount of existing PixInsight users.

If PixInsight is fully internationalized, have you considered putting up a localization kit that would allow others to edit a localized resource/xml/etc file that YOU (not just anyone) can then add to the installation? I don't know how easily localizable the software is at this moment.. If when you started developing PixInsight you had l10n in mind as a possible future addition, you hopefully isolated text and other i18n resources from the code, then it's feasible. If you hardcoded a lot of strings, well, then it could be a monstrous job. I worked at the i18n team in Netscape back in the days, which means part of my job was to lecture those hackers/developers who hardcoded strings all over the code about how smart they thought they were yet how dumb their English-only coding mentality was  :P Eventually Navigator was released in tons of languages, you're welcome  O0


Title: Re: New book "Mastering PixInsight" by RBA
Post by: pavolg on 2019 May 21 10:45:55
Hi Rogelio,
don't you still have an example of a book? Or only TOC? It may not be a final version. I think it could be very useful for possible buyers.
Don't you plan to make some "re-distribution centre" in Europe? It could bring lower shipping and also helps with duty fees. There could be some tax for orders from the US in Europe. But there are no fees for orders inside the EU.
Thanks.

Paul