Astrophysical Techniques, Fifth Edition / Edition 5

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Emphasizing the underlying unity of all astronomical observations, Astrophysical Techniques, Fifth Edition provides a coherent state-of-the-art account ofthe instruments and techniques used in current astronomy and astrophysics. The fifth edition of this well-respected text includes many new instruments and techniques while removing some that have long been unused by both professional and amateur astronomers.

New to the Fifth Edition

  • Brief discussion on the invention and development of the telescope
  • New section that describes the attempts to detect dark matter and dark energy
  • Extended and updated discussions on computer, Internet, and spacecraft-based observations and research

By covering the instruments, techniques, theory, and data processing of astrophysics in sufficient depth, this text forms a thorough grounding for beginners and is a handy reference for more advanced students and professionals.

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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: 9781420082432
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/7/2008
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 592
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Optical and Infrared Detection
Radio and Microwave Detection
X-Ray and γ-Ray Detection
Cosmic Ray Detectors
Neutrino Detectors
Gravitational Radiation
Dark Matter and Dark Energy Detection
Inverse Problem
Electronic Imaging
Speckle Interferometry
Electronic Images
Other Techniques
Solar Studies
Computers and the Internet
Appendix A: Julian Date
Appendix B: Answers to the Exercises
Appendix C: Acronyms
Appendix D: Bibliography

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