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The Observer's Guide to Astronomy

The Observer's Guide to Astronomy

Volume 2

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Part of Practical Astronomy Handbooks

  • Date Published: November 1994
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521458986

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  • Serious amateur astronomers often wonder how to find new minor planets, comets and novae and would like to know how to use photoelectric detectors to derive the temperatures of stars. These issues along with predicting future eclipses and the occultations of stars by minor planets are topics covered in this authoritative and wide-ranging guide. For each topic, sound practical methods of observation and the scientific background are given to facilitate better observations. Guidelines also show how to record and catalog observations using the recognized professional terminology and classification schemes. From the simplest pencil drawings of the moon to observations of the most distant galaxies with state-of-the-art CCD cameras and photoelectric photometers, this guide is packed with practical tips for all types of amateur observations. Volume 2 covers aurorae, meteors, double and multiple stars, variable stars, deep sky objects, novae, and supernovae.

    • 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 is a gem of a is a grand smorgasbord of material for the advanced amateur astronomer who hungers for more than just cosmic sight-seeing and souvenir astrophotos of celestial places visited...Each of the ten chapters is meant to stand alone as an independent unit...This way the reader does not have to digest the entire bood in order to get what he/she needs to observe...The book is quite irresistible...The Observer's Guide to Astronomy, Volume 2, is well written, well-organized, and nicely cross-referenced...I highly recommend this book to any serious observer. It was worth the pain of writing the review just to to get my hands on a copy of it!" Mary Lou Whitehorne, Canadian Jjournal

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 1994
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521458986
    • length: 572 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 29 x 189 mm
    • weight: 1.01kg
    • contains: 292 b/w illus. 20 maps 69 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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