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Overview

Astrophysical Techniques provides a comprehensive and clearly understandable account of the instruments and techniques used in astronomy and astrophysics. Drawing together an ever-diverging array of observational techniques, using the common thread of a detection-imaging-ancillary instruments pattern, Dr Kitchin has provided us with a unified view of astrophysical investigation. The author's fully illustrated text starts from first principles and explains each method up to the point at which you can begin practical work with the equipment and even start designing it. Exercises with answers are used to reinforce the ideas presented in each chapter. There is also an extensive bibliography to enable further study and appendices of tables of astrophysical data provide an excellent reference source. Science undergraduates taking an astronomy option will find Astrophysical Techniques an essential study aid. Amateur astronomers of any level will find this book to be of immense value to research. Professional astronomers should use this book as a source of information on areas unfamiliar to them. This revised and updated edition of Dr Kitchin's authoritative book contains a large amount of new material keeping the student of astronomy totally informed. It is an essential guide to all the astrophysical methods and techniques.
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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.
Booknews
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 (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780750301381
  • Publisher: CRC Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1994
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 6.11 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Table of Contents

Detectors: Optical and infrared detection. Radio and microwave detection. X-ray and gamma-ray detection. Cosmic ray detectors. Neutrino detectors. Gravitational radiation. Imaging: The inverse problem. Photography. Electronic imaging. Scanning. Interferometry. Speckle interferometry. Occultations. Radar. Photometry: Photometry. Photometers. Spectroscopy: Spectroscopy. Spectroscopes. Other techniques: Astrometry. Polarimetry. Solar studies. Magnetometry. Appendices. Bibliography. Index.
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