Advanced Amateur Astronomy

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For the amateur astronomer who is bored with constellation spotting and elementary observing, this indispensable guide will put new zest into nights under starlit skies. It takes the observer onto more detailed and advanced practical work in astronomy,with chapters on astrophotography, electronic imaging, spectroscopy and radio astronomy. The specialised knowledge is applied to the full range of celestial bodies accessible by telescope: the solar system, stars and galaxies.
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"...many astronomers will welcome the updated second edition of Gerald North's Advanced Amateur Astronomy...The sections on telescopic hardware, adjustment and astrophotography are now joined by a chapter on electronic imaging, and the book has a superb introduction to the types of astronomical object most suited to amateur investigation." New Scientist

"This book offers practical exercises and advice for the amateur astronomer looking to move beyond the basics of backyard stargazing and into the world of data gathering." Lunar & Planetary Information Bulletin

"North ably guides casual stargazers through all of the many possibilities for moving to the next level." Science Books & Films

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Takes the amateur astronomer from basic topics to more advanced practical work. Covers telescopes and how to choose one; astrophotography, both with the camera and through the telescope; lunar and star observation; more. B&W illus.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780748602537
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/1991
  • Pages: 313
  • Product dimensions: 6.37 (w) x 9.52 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the second edition
Preface to the first edition
Acknowledgements
1 Telescope optics 1
2 Atmosphere, seeing, magnification and eyepieces 27
3 Telescope hardware and adjustments 42
4 Astrophotography with the camera 79
5 Astrophotography through the telescope 105
6 Electronic imaging 132
7 The Moon 157
8 The terrestrial planets 180
9 The gas-giant planets 201
10 Asteroids, comets, meteors and aurorae 221
11 The Sun 249
12 Variable stars and novae 275
13 Methods of photometry 292
14 Double stars, star clusters, nebulae, galaxies and supernovae 314
15 Spectroscopy 334
16 Radio astronomy 365
17 Further information 379
Appendix: Useful formulae 394
Index 396
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