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Complete Spectroscopy for Amateur Astronomers

Complete Spectroscopy for Amateur Astronomers


  • Date Published: August 2017
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781316642566

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  • This combined set is comprised of the Spectral Atlas for Amateur Astronomers, a full colour reference featuring detailed commented spectral profiles of more than one hundred astronomical objects, and its companion guide, Spectroscopy for Amateur Astronomers, which explains in detail the methods for recording, processing, analysing and interpreting spectra. Together they cover astronomical objects such as stars, planets, nebulae, novae, supernovae; stellar clusters, galaxies and quasars; astronomical events such as eclipses and comet passages; and some terrestrial light sources. This comprehensive reference set benefits many groups, from individual novices and learners in astronomy clubs to advanced students and teachers of astrophysics. It aims to help readers understand and practise this scientifically important and growing field of amateur astronomy, and to encourage future professional-amateur collaborations.

    • A complete reference and guide to all aspects of astronomical spectroscopy for amateurs, students and teachers of astronomy
    • Presents an overview of measurement and calibration methods, which has been missing up until now, describing a range of detailed analysis options, accessible to amateurs
    • Fills a gap in the astronomical literature, allowing readers to interpret and compare different recorded spectra, both within the books and to their own measured spectra
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    • Date Published: August 2017
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781316642566
    • dimensions: 283 x 225 x 31 mm
    • weight: 1.76kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1. Spectral Atlas for Amateur Astronomers Richard Walker:
    1. Directory of plates
    2. Selection, processing and presentation of the spectra
    3. Terms, definitions and abbreviations
    4. Overview and characteristics of stellar spectral classes
    5. Spectral class O
    6. Spectral class B
    7. Spectral class A
    8. Spectral class F
    9. Spectral class G
    10. Spectral class K
    11. Spectral class M
    12. Spectral sequence on the AGB
    13. M(e) stars on the AGB
    14. Spectral class S on the AGB
    15. Carbon stars on the AGB
    16. Post AGB stars and white dwarf
    17. Wolf Rayet stars
    18. LBV stars
    19. Be stars
    20. Be shell stars
    21. PMS protostars
    22. Peculiar CP-stars
    23. Spectroscopic binaries
    24. Novae
    25. Supernovae
    26. Extragalactic objects
    27. Star clusters
    28. Emission nebulae
    29. Reflectance spectra of solar system bodies
    30. Telluric molecular absorption
    31. The night sky spectrum
    32. The night sky spectrum
    33. Terrestrial and calibration light sources. Volume 2. Spectroscopy for Amateur Astronomers Marc Trypsteen and Richard Walker:
    1. Physical basics of spectroscopy
    2. Electron transitions and formation of the spectra
    3. Quantum mechanical aspects of spectroscopy
    4. Types and function of dispersive elements
    5. Types and function of spectrographs
    6. Recording of the spectra
    7. Processing of recorded spectra
    8. Calibration of the spectra
    9. Analysis of the spectra
    10. Temperature and luminosity
    11. Expansion and contraction
    12. Rotation and orbital elements
    13. Gravity, abundance and magnetic fields
    14. Analysis of emission nebulae
    15. Amateurs and astronomical science.

  • Authors

    Richard Walker
    Richard Walker has been an avid astronomer since he was aged twelve. He spent his career in civil engineering, planning large projects such as power plants, dams and tunnels. Now retired, in the last ten years he has focused increasingly on stellar astronomy and on the indispensable key to this topic – spectroscopy. He undertook a large observing project to record and document the spectra of the most important astronomical objects, and chose to share this gathered information for the benefit of other amateurs worldwide.

    Marc Trypsteen
    Marc Trypsteen is a Belgian pharmacist and astronomer, with a background in analytical chemistry and spectroscopy. He has lectured on astronomical spectroscopy at university, high schools, observatories and astronomy clubs. He is co-founder of the Astro Event Group Belgium and also of the Astropolis Space Science Center in Ostend, where, in addition to outreach activities, he is responsible for the section on spectroscopy education and research.

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