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Observing the Universe

Observing the Universe
A Guide to Observational Astronomy and Planetary Science

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  • Date Published: July 2004
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print July 2012
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521603935

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  • Observing the Universe introduces a range of techniques and skills that will be useful for those wishing to undertake observational work in astronomy and planetary science. Observations have played, and continue to play, a crucial role in developing our understanding of the Universe, and the best way to get a feel for the role of observations is to do some. This comprehensive guide provides a sound basis for tackling astronomy and planetary science observations. It concentrates on generic aspects of observations, including the principles of telescopes and detectors, photometry and spectroscopy, microscopy techniques for analysing samples, teamwork skills, planning for a session at an observatory, keeping records of what you do, estimating uncertainties in measurements, analysing data numerically and graphically, and producing a written report. Including self-assessment questions with full solutions, this self-contained guide is suitable for undergraduate students of astronomy and planetary science, and serious amateur astronomers.

    • Fully self-contained guide to carrying out practical observational work in astronomy and planetary science
    • Self-assessment questions with full solutions
    • Extensive cross-referenced glossary
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    '… this book had hidden depths … All good stuff in itself and written in a very readable fashion. The second half of the book is the section that really impressed me though and certainly makes this book stand out from the rest … the second section covers the 'Skills' you need to be a successful observational astronomer … Finally a book has arrived that is for the already experienced amateur astronomer. If you've already gotten into the subject, you know your way around the sky and a telescope, this book is a must to get you on to the next level. By the end of it, you'll have progressed from the skills and knowledge of an experienced beginner to an astronomer who can start to provide real and valuable input to the scientific communities of the world.' Mark Lawrik-Thompson FRAS

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521603935
    • length: 180 pages
    • copublisher: The Open University
    • dimensions: 264 x 211 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.619kg
    • contains: 80 b/w illus. 80 colour illus.
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print July 2012
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    Part I. Techniques:
    2. The night sky - positional astronomy
    3. Telescopes
    4. Spectrographs
    5. Astronomical detectors
    6. Reducing CCD data
    7. Photometry
    8. Spectroscopy
    9. Microscopes and microscopy techniques
    10. Interpreting images of planetary surfaces
    Part II. Skills:
    11. Team working
    12. Preparing for practical work in astronomy and planetary science
    13. Keeping records
    14. Experimental uncertainties
    15. Analysing experimental data
    16.Making use of graphs
    17. Using calculators and computers
    18. Communicating your results.

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    Andrew J. Norton, The Open University, Milton Keynes
    Andrew Norton obtained his PhD from the University of Leicester. He has written several books for Open University courses in both physics and astronomy. His research is in the area of interacting binary stars.

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