Looking for an examination copy?
This title is not currently available for examination. However, if you are interested in the title for your course we can consider offering an examination copy. To register your interest please contact firstname.lastname@example.org providing details of the course you are teaching.
Found throughout the universe, variable stars are fascinating objects to observe. Their brightness changes over time and they can easily be seen with even the most basic equipment. David Levy explains how to begin electronic (or CCD) observing, as well as how to observe variable stars through a small telescope or binoculars. Featuring a section on Southern hemisphere stars, this book covers various types of objects that can be observed by amateur astronomers, including more exotic phenomena like gamma ray bursts, blazars, and polars. It will motivate anyone with even a basic interest in astronomy to begin observing variable stars. David H. Levy is one of the most successful comet hunters in history. He has discovered twenty-one, eight of them using a telescope in his own backyard. With Eugene and Carolyn Shoemaker at the Palomar Observatory in California, Levy discovered Shoemaker-Levy 9, the comet that collided with Jupiter in 1994, and is currently involved with the Jarnac Comet Survey, based at the Jarnac Observatory in Vail, Arizona. In addition to being the author or editor of 31 books and other products, David Levy is the Science Editor for Parade magazine and contributing editor for Sky and Telescope magazine and the Canadian periodical, SkyNews. Frequently interviewed in the media, he has given almost a thousand lectures and appeared on many television programs. His most recent CUP book is David Levy's Guide to Observing and Discovering Comets (Cambridge, 2003). First Edition Pb (1989) 0-521-62755-9Read more
- Step by step guide to observing variable stars with a CCD camera
- Aimed at the complete newcomer to variable stars
- Written by a leading amateur astronomer
Reviews & endorsements
"One of the most successful comet discoverers in history, Levy has produced a very readable account of his fascination with comets...highly recommended to amateur astronomers and others wishing an introduction to the scientific process of discovery."
ChoiceSee more reviews
"...as a simple guide for the novice observer, this volume has no rival."
"...marvelous and enchanting book about amateur astronomers and variable stars."
Sky & Telescope
Levy's fascination with these stars and his clear text and illustrations make this an excellent book for the beginning observer.
‘A well-written guide, by one of this country's most enthusiatic amateur astronomers …’ Andrew Fraknoi, Mercury
‘If you think variable star observing is boring, this book will convince you otherwise. Most importantly, Observing Variable Stars will get you outside looking at the sky.’ Deep Sky
‘This new book is delightful … The work is well researched, thought out, and executed … For those of you who have not yet been introduced to variable stars, enjoy this introduction. For those already acquainted with ‘variables’, give yourself a few cloudy nights with this delightful book!’ The Strolling Astronomer
'… there is always the promise that the observer will make a truly important astronomical discovery. … this book provides all the necessary advice and instructions for the variable star novice … also offering some interesting reading for those already acquainted with this topic. … here is a real opportunity to leave your mark in the heavens.' Astronomy & Space
'This is by far the most accessible book for beginning variable star observers in print. Everything you need to know to get started in variable star observing is laid out in an easy to follow, logical progression. Levy describes things in a non technical manner that makes it understandable to everyone. More importantly, his enthusiasm for the subject is infectious and his personal stories and experience make the book that much more readable. …If you are just getting started, or contemplating observing variable stars, buy this book first. By the end you will be hooked … and well on you way to enjoying a hobby that will keep you busy and happy for years to come.' American Association of Variable Star Observers Bookstore
Be the first to review this book
- Date Published: January 2006
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521608602
- length: 276 pages
- dimensions: 246 x 174 x 15 mm
- weight: 0.559kg
- contains: 104 b/w illus.
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
Foreword to first edition
1. Getting to know the sky
2. Magnitude, color, and distance
3. A word on binoculars and telescopes
4. Learning to see
5. Getting to know the variables
6. Getting started with cepheids
7. Algol, the demon of autumn
8. How to estimate a variable
9. Names and records
10. How your observations help us understand a variable star
11. Observing hints
12. Observing with CCDs
13. Stately and wonderful
14. Stars of challenge
15. Bright, easy, and interesting
16. Betelgeuse: easy and hard
17. Not too regular
18. Nova? What nova?
20. Clyde Tombaugh's star and the family of cataclysmic variables
21. A Nova in reverse?
22. RU Lupi?
23. Orion, the star factory
24. Other variable things
25. The Sun
26. Suggested variables for observation throughout the year
27. January, February, March
28. April, May, June
29. July, August, September
30. October, November, December
31. Southern Sky notes
32. Stars and people
33. Hands-on astrophysics for the next generation
34. Going further
35. Glossary and abbreviations.
You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website, your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner www.ebooks.com. Please see the permission section of the www.ebooks.com catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.Continue ×