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The Observer's Guide to Astronomy

The Observer's Guide to Astronomy

Volume 1

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Part of Practical Astronomy Handbooks

  • Date Published: November 1994
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521379458

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  • This guide provides comprehensive practical information for both beginning and advanced amateur astronomers on how to make scientifically significant observations. The book explains in detail how to observe every conceivable astronomical object--from meteors to distant galaxies. It presents a wide variety of methods ranging from the simplest visual observations, such as making pencil drawings of the surface of the Moon, to the use of highly sophisticated equipment, such as CCD cameras and photoelectric photometers. It also explains how to record and catalog observations using recognized professional terminology and classification schemes. The volume's emphasis throughout is on giving amateur astronomers sound information to use at the telescope. The most effective and efficient techniques are presented so that observers can apply those that are most suitable to their own equipment and degree of experience. This comprehensive survey of practical methods of observation will develop the observational skills of the avid novice and will also satisfy the more demanding needs of the experienced amateur astronomer.

    • Packed with practical tips on all methods of amateur observations of all types of astronomical objects
    • Gives you the background theory to develop your scientific understanding and improve your observational skills
    • Shows you how to record your observations using the professional classification schemes
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "This book is packed with solid information on observing...The information is delivered in a succinct intelligent style...I fully recommend this book to anyone who wants to take that next step beyond casual observing." Rod Hatcher, The Observer

    "It illustrates, in painstaking detail, the types of scientifically useful observations amateur astronomers and students can make with modest equipment....Each section is complete and self-contained....For serious amateur astronomers and students with access to telescopes, this set is a necessity. Strongly recommended..." K. Larsen, Choice

    "The books really shine on topics about the Moon, Sun, plan etary satellites, occultations, double stars, variable stars, aurorae, and meteors...deserves a spot on any advanced observers bookshelf." Astronomy

    "The authors of each chapter are specialists in the field amateur searching for knowledge...can find a wealth of information here." Alan and Susan French, Sky & Telescope

    "...the most complete book on amateur solar-system observing that I have ever encountered. It is full of practical advice on observing, drawing, and photographing every manner of solar-system object and phenomenon, making the book a fine addition to any personal or astronomy-club library." Scott Kardel, Astronomy

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 1994
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521379458
    • length: 612 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 172 x 29 mm
    • weight: 1.3kg
    • contains: 285 b/w illus. 4 maps 35 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Contents (Volumes 1 & 2)
    The contributors
    Summary (Volumes 1 & 2)
    Translator's preface
    1. The Sun
    2. Observing the Sun with a coronograph
    3. Solar eclipses
    4. The Moon
    5. Planetary surfaces
    6. Planetary satellites
    7. The minor planets
    8. Comets
    9. Occultations
    10. Artificial satellites
    Notes, references and bibliography - Volume 1
    Volume 2: Contents (Volumes 1 & 2)
    The contributors
    Summary (Volumes 1 & 2)
    11. Aurorae
    12. Meteors
    13. Double and multiple stars
    14. Variable stars
    15. Deep sky novae and supernovae
    16. Plate comparisons
    17. Astrometry
    18. Spectroscopy
    19. Photoelectric photometry
    20. Image-intensifiers and CCDs
    1. Time scales
    2. The T60 Association
    Notes, references and bibliography - Volume 2.

  • Editor

    Patrick Martinez


    Storm Dunlop

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