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About this book
About this book
This illustrated reference contains up to date data as well as tips and advice on how to get the most out of astronomy.Topics covered include; observing techniques, telescopes and observatories, Internet resources, and the objects that can be studied.
Introduction by Jeff Medkeff; Part I. Background: 1. The cosmic backdrop; 2. Positional astronomy; 3. Time and the calendar; 4. The magnitude system; Part II. Equipment: 5. Telescopes; 6. Mounts and drives; 7. Eyepieces; 8. Filters; 9. Telescope accessories; 10. Binoculars; Part III. How to Observe: 11. Sketching what you observe; 12. Astrophotography; 13. Digital and video cameras; 14. The CCD; 15. Photometry; 16. Spectroscopy; Part IV. References and Other: 17. Books and atlases; 18. Catalogues of the deep sky; 19. Software; 20. Observatories; 21. The social astronomer; 22. Light pollution; Part V. What to Observe: 23. Nightfall; 24. The Sun; 25. The Aurora; 26. The Moon; 27. Eclipses and transits; 28. Mercury and Venus; 29. Mars; 30. Jupiter; 31. Saturn; 32. The outer planets; 33. Asteroids; 34. Comets; 35. Meteors and meteor showers; Part VI. Deep Sky Objects: 36. Double stars; 37. Variable stars; 38. Supernovae; 39. Occultations; 40. Nebulae; 41. Star clusters; 42. Galaxies; Part VII. Observing Tips.
Author of The Cambridge Guide to the Constellations (0521449219) and The Cambridge Planetary Handbook (0521632803).
448 pages, 250 Col plates, 105 figs, 102 tabs
'! an essential guide for both beginning stargazers and more advanced observers.' Orion ' useful and informative !' The Observatory 'An excellent large volume well illustrated, comprehensive and ! up-to-date. Both new and experienced amateur astronomers and even some professionals will find much that will benefit their knowledge, methods and techniques. A useful book to have close to hand - highly recommended.' Spaceflight 'In a superbly structured and illustrated book, Bakich manages to weave together the latest wisdom on everything an amateur astronomer would ever need to now - and more ! if I were to pick just one book to whet my appetite for amateur observing, this would undoubtedly be the book to purchase.' Astronomy