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Advanced Amateur Astronomy is for amateur astronomers and telescope users who want to move beyond elementary stargazing to more challenging projects. Written by an accomplished amateur astronomer, this indispensable guide to more advanced work is packed with information and lucid explanations. The first section of Advanced Amateur Astronomy sets out the fundamental principles of practical astronomy, with chapters on telescope optics, the atmosphere, telescope hardware, astrophotography, and electronic imaging. This knowledge is then applied to the full range of celestial bodies accessible by telescope: the solar system, stars and galaxies. For those users who want to move to even greater challenges, chapters on photometry, spectroscopy and radio astronomy bring observational astronomy to a level where data of real scientific value can be acquired.
1. Telescope optics
2. Atmosphere, seeing, magnification and eyepieces
3. Telescope hardware and adjustments
4. Astrophotography with the camera
5. Astrophotography through the telescope
6. Electronic imaging
7. The Moon
8. The terrestrial planets
9. The gas-giant planets
10. Comets, asteroids, meteors and aurorae
11. The Sun
12. Variable stars and novae
13. Methods of photometry
14. Double stars, star clusters, nebulae, galaxies and supernovae
16. Radio astronomy
17. Further information
Appendix: useful formulae
"[...] many astronomers will welcome the updated second edition of Gerald North's Advanced Amateur Astronomy."
- Carole Stott, New Scientist
"Gerald North's Advanced Amateur Astronomy will be welcomed by any amateur astronomer who is ready for somehting beyond beginner books [...] this 400-page volume is chock full of practical information about observing and equipment, with an emphasis on things that can be done straightforwardly – and usually inexpensively – by almost any amateur with modest experience. The author is an experienced lunar and planetary observer, contributing to the British Astronomical Association for nearly two decades, and it shows."
- Jay Reynolds Freeman, Sky and Telecscope
"Advanced Amateur Astronomy has to compete with a number of rival books in the marketplace [...] but none that are more educational or easier to read. I would not hesitate in recommending it to any beginner with aspirations of becoming an experienced observer.
- Martin Mobberley
"[...] this is an excellent book with which to consider specialising in a particular area of practical astronomy and [...] very good value for money."
- Robert Argyle, The Observatory