Includes all the information an "eclipse chaser" needs. There are some important eclipses coming up in the years ahead and the technology available to amateur astronomers is improving fast. The book provides "eclipse virgins" with a good feeling for what a trip abroad to an eclipse is like - including a humorous look at all the things that can and have gone wrong. The first part of the book contains a wealth of information about solar eclipses and what can be observed only during a total eclipse.
Introduction.- Part 1. Eclipse Mechanisms, Physics, Statistics and Tracks.- Why do Eclipses Occur?.- The Solar Atmosphere.- The Shadow of The Moon.- The Rugged Lunar Limb.- Shadow Bands and other Phenomena.- Eclipses and Tracks 2008 -- 2020 [Approx.].- Part 2 Observing and Traveling to total Solar Eclipses.- Safety First.- Eclipse Trips -- Look Back and Laugh.- Checklists and Travel Plans.- Savor The View.- Digital SLR Eclipse Photography.- Image Processing.- Video that Eclipse.- See an Eclipse Every Day -- Sort of!.- The H-Alpha Revolution.- Appendices.
Martin Mobberley has a BSc Honours degree in Electronic Engineering from Brunel University, and is a former British Astronomical Association President and Goodacre Medallist. He is also the author of Astronomical Equipment for Amateurs (1998) and The New Amateur Astronomer (2004); Lunar & Planetary Webcam User's Guide (NYP); Supernovae and How to Observe them (NYP),. He has contributed chapters to three other Springer Practical Astronomy Series Books. He wrote the children's book Space Navigator, and has published many papers in Astronomy Now, The Journal of the British Astronomical Association, The Astronomer, and Sky & Telescope.
From the reviews: "This isn't just another book on the subject of solar eclipses -- there is more here than you might find elsewhere. ! The author, a skilled astro-photographer himself, later covers the photographic section of the book very well and there are tips on how to successfully record eclipse images. ! I can happily recommend this book and will be surprised if it is not amongst the luggage and reading materials of eclipse chasers for several years to come." (Brian Halls, Astronomy Now, December, 2007) "If you're planning to join the increasing number of people who regularly travel the world to witness the beauty of a total solar eclipse, then this book is for you. ! Black-and-white and colour pictures punctuate the text throughout and the colour images of the solar corona by Miloslav Druckmuller are excellent. ! Overall it is very informative and highly readable." (Geoff Elston, BBC Sky at Night, January, 2008) "The greatest natural occurrence you can witness -- bar none -- is a total solar eclipse. If one of these spectacular events is in your future, you owe it to yourself to pick up Martin Mobberley's new book ! . Mobberley has packed this book with specific information on this topic. ! has filled 200 pages with information about total solar eclipses, while many books devote only one chapter to all eclipses. The 115 photographs and diagrams make this a must-have book." (Michael Bakich, Astronomy, April, 2008) "Total solar eclipses are rare events that often occur in awkward locations on Earth. ! Mobberley provides a well-written description of the 'whys' of eclipses as well as practical hints for how to prepare to observe them. ! The line drawings and photographs are excellent, and the glossy paper shows them to best advantage. Mobberley draws on extensive experience to provide humorous vignettes of eclipse-travel adventures. ! Summing Up: Recommended. General readers." (M. K. Hemenway, CHOICE, Vol. 45 (7), 2008) "The arrival of this book was well-timed and relevant. ! This book is one of Springer's Astronomy Observing Guides which, in my experience, have proved to be useful additions to my astronomical library. ! All in all, the book is a useful addition to the eclipse chaser's library and will be a good reference for those who are considering their first eclipse trip. The book is well illustrated, gives good practical advice, and ! is very good value for money." (Steve Bell, The Observatory, Vol. 128 (1205), August, 2008) "This is one of the first books to concentrate on digital photography for capturing the fine details of the eclipsed Sun. ! I thoroughly enjoyed Mobberley's non-technical approach and his personal perspectives. His explanations of eclipse phenomena are clear and a joy to read. Total Solar Eclipses should be on every eclipse chaser's bookshelf." (Robert Garfinkle, Sky & Telescope, November, 2008)