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The Observer's Guide to Astronomy, Volume 1

Handbook / Manual
  • 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

Series: Practical Astronomy Handbook Series Volume: 4/1

By: Patrick Martinez(Editor), Storm Dunlop(Translated by)

612 pages, 285 b/w illustrations, 4 maps, 35 tables

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Sep 1994 | #207467 | ISBN-13: 9780521379458
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About this book

How can you find new minor planets, comets and novae? How can you use photoelectric detectors to derive the temperatures of stars? And how can you predict future eclipses and occultations of stars by minor planets? The questions asked by serious amateur astronomers are answered in this authoritative and wide-ranging guide. For each topic, sound practical methods of observation and the scientific background are given to lead you to better observations. Guidelines also show you how to record and catalogue your observations using the recognised 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, The Observer's Guide to Astronomy, Volume 1 is packed with practical tips for all types of amateur observations. It will develop the observational skills of the keen novice and satisfy the more demanding needs of the experienced amateur astronomer.

"Quite frankly, you will not find a better guide to serious observational astronomy."
- Astronomy Now

"These two volumes, together, constitute amazingly good observational guides for the serious amateur astronomer."
- Spaceflight

"Not only are the practical methods of observation dealt with in great detail but the scientific background is also stressed. The aim is to train astronomers to make better and better observations, and to guide them towards the correct analysis of these observations and to the most useful way of presenting the data. The emphasis is on the development of good observational and analytical skills."
- David Hughes, Nature

"[...] a comprehensive guide book which is highly recommmended to all serious amateurs."
- Alan W. Heath, Journal of the BAA

"This is a gem of a book [...] it is a grand smorgasbord of material for the advanced amateur astronomer [...] 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 book in order to get to what he/she needs to observe [...] The book is quite irresistible [...] well written, well organised and nicely cross-referenced [...] I highly recommend this book to any serious observer. It was worth the pain of writing a review just to get my hands on a copy of it!"
- Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada

"Altogether this is an outstanding work and no amateur with any pretensions to being active, nor any student astronomer, should be without a copy in their library."
- The Observatory


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
Appendices: 1. Time scales
2. The T60 Association
Notes, references and bibliography - Volume 2.

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