Series: Cambridge Observing Handbooks for Research Astronomers Volume: 6
By: Edwin Budding and Osman Demircan
448 pages, 100 line diagrams
Completely updated, this second edition gives a broad review of astronomical photometry to provide an understanding of astrophysics from a data-based perspective. It explains the underlying principles of the instruments used, and the applications and inferences derived from measurements. Each chapter has been fully revised to account for the latest developments, including the use of CCDs.
Highly illustrated, this book provides an overview and historical background of the subject before reviewing the main themes within astronomical photometry. The central chapters focus on the practical design of the instruments and methodology used. The book concludes by discussing specialised topics in stellar astronomy, concentrating on the information derived from the analysis of the light curves of variable stars and close binary systems. It includes numerous bibliographic notes and a glossary of terms.
Reviews from the first edition: 'This book usefully fills a gap between a simple popularist approach to photometry and a full-scale research monograph, and is a perfect starting-point for more advanced levels.' Europe Astronomy ' ! good practical guide to the many pitfalls involved in calibrating the instrumental colour equation, full of sensible advice in program design and error analysis.' The Observatory 'Budding's book is a particularly good introduction to the art and science of photometry ! The presentation is very good throughout and I would recommend the book to any astronomer interested in photometry.' Nick James, Astronomy Now
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