Provides up-to-date information for amateur astronomers who want to know all about what it is they are observing. This is the basis of the first part of the book. The second part details observing techniques for practical astronomers, working with a range of different instruments.
From the reviews:
"McAnally gives you the background to make real contributions to our knowledge of Jupiter. He discusses how to make scientifically meaningful visual records as well as CCD images. a ] The book is a great read: McAnallya (TM)s enthusiasm and experience shine through each page, and ita (TM)s generously illustrated with color images and diagrams. As the latest addition to Springera (TM)s Astronomersa (TM) Observing Guide series, its scientific accuracy is assured by author, astrophysicist, and series editor Mike Inglis. a ] is an impeccable must-read for Jupiter enthusiasts!" (Jennifer Birriel, Sky and Telescope, August, 2008)
"Jupiter and How To Observe It by McAnally (Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers) is intended for amateur observers and beginning astronomy students a ] . The booka (TM)s convenient thin size and glossy pages are perfect for easy desktop or telescope-side browsing. a ] a user-friendly manual for beginners and advanced amateurs. a ] Helpful images ranging from basic black-and-white to color diagrams, graphs, and pictures aid readersa (TM) understanding of both the science topics and the practical observing concepts. a ] Summing Up: Recommended. General readers; lower-division undergraduates; practitioners." (J. H. Murphy, CHOICE, Vol. 45 (11), August, 2008)
"It is a book a ] written by an amateur astronomer who has been analysing Jupiter data for the Association of Lunar & Planetary Observers for several years. a ] This will prove a very useful book for those new to the giant planet." (Richard McKim, The Observatory, Vol. 128 (1207), December, 2008)
"This is the latest in a long line of a ] books from Springer. Targeted atamateur astronomers, they aim to combine a rA(c)sumA(c) of the current state of knowledge a ] with detailed practical information for the observer. a ] it may be a worthwhile buy for the experienced planetary observer a ] ." (David Arditti, Astronomy Now, January, 2009)