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Providing a comprehensive and clear account of the instruments and techniques used in modern astronomy and astrophysics, the fourth edition of Astrophysical Techniques continues to offer information on all astronomical observations. Retaining the aims of earlier editions, the author unifies the concepts through lucid language and cohesive organization of the book.

Revised and updated, this book encompasses an ever-diverging array of observational techniques using the detection-imaging-ancillary instruments pattern. The first several sections emphasize the detection of radiation or other information carrier as well as the instruments and techniques used to facilitate and optimize that detection. Later chapters discuss photometers and spectroscopes in detail while also examining the techniques of astrometry, polarimetry, and magnetometry.

New to the Fourth Edition:

  • Many instruments and techniques included for the first time
  • A section that supplies Web sites and online resources
  • Elimination of archaic topics, providing the most up-to-date information available

Astrophysical Techniques, Fourth Edition maintains comprehensive coverage of the instruments and techniques used in current astronomy and astrophysics, making it a superb reference for undergraduate and postgraduate students in astronomy, amateur astronomers, and professional astronomers.

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Editorial Reviews

New Scientist
...a well-written, comprehensive guide to the techniques and instruments used to probe the cosmos. Useful to star gazers at all levels of expertise.
Modern Astronomer
... an extensive and penetrating compendium ... astronomers at any level will find this book of great value ... The book succeeds very well in bringing together, in one source, the current state of the art of detecting the unverse in all its guises.
Times Higher Ed. Supplement
The book is thorough and is accurately aimed at the undergraduate who likes a good long read. ... It is a superb review of the plethora of complicated physical processes.
A revised and updated edition (first in 1984) of Kitchin's clear and comprehensive account of the instruments and techniques used in astronomy and astrophysics, for science undergraduates and amateur astronomers. Includes exercises with answers, an extensive bibliography, and tables of astrophysical data for reference. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780750309462
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/1/2003
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 493
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Optical and Infrared Detection
Radio and Microwave Detection
X-Ray and Gamma-Ray Detection
Cosmic Ray Detectors
Neutrino Detectors
Gravitational Radiation
The Inverse Problem
Electronic Imaging
Speckle Interferometry
Electronic images
Solar Studies
Computers and the World Wide Web
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