The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Amateur Astronomy

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This complete reference provides a wealth of practical information covering all aspects of amateur astronomy. Organized thematically for ease of use, it covers observing techniques, telescopes and observatories, internet resources, and the objects that can be studied. Those new to the field will find tips, techniques and plans on how to begin their quest, and more advanced observers will find useful advice on how to get more from their hobby. Michael E. Bakich obtained a bachelors degree in Astronomy from Ohio State University and a masters degree in Planetarium Education from Michigan State University. He has written numerous original planetarium programs, and gives lectures on astronomy to groups of all ages. He is also a tour guide to eclipses and astro-archaeological sites. Bakich has written two previous books: The Cambridge Planetary Handbook (2000) and The Cambridge Guide to the Constellations (1995), both published by Cambridge University Press.

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"...highly recommended." E-STREAMS

"Here is a complete reference for amateur astronomers of all levels. Beginners will find clear and easily understood background information. Those with more experience will appreciate the detailed explanations of what and when to observe.... Well organized and user-friendly, with ample illustrations and an extensive glossary.... Essential for public libraries of all sizes." Library Journal

"...this one is a valuable and well-organized guide for anyone skygazing with a telescope or binoculars." Astronomy

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Here is a complete reference for amateur astronomers of all levels. Beginners will find clear and easily understood background information. Those with more experience will appreciate the detailed explanations of what and when to observe-although, as the title clearly states, this is an encyclopedia (albeit a very readable one) rather than a viewing guide. Arranging his material thematically, Bakich (The Cambridge Guide to the Constellations; The Cambridge Planetary Handbook) reviews classic books for amateur astronomers and discusses software, home observatories, and "star parties" (group observing events). In addition, web sites for clubs and equipment manufacturers are listed. The section on photographing the night sky is a bit skimpy, but the sections on telescopes, including eyepieces, mirrors, and filters, are extremely thorough. Well organized and user-friendly, with ample illustrations and an extensive glossary, this is a perfect companion to The Cambridge Illustrated History of Astronomy. Essential for public libraries of all sizes-Denise Hamilton, Franklin Pierce Coll. Lib., Rindge, NH Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521812986
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2003
  • Pages: 342
  • Sales rank: 976,029
  • Product dimensions: 8.62 (w) x 10.87 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Author of The Cambridge Guide to the Constellations (0521449219) and The Cambridge Planetary Handbook (0521632803).

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Table of Contents

Introduction by Jeff Medkeff; Part I. Background: 1. The cosmic backdrop; 2. Positional astronomy; 3. Time and the calendar; 4. The magnitude system; Part II. Equipment: 5. Telescopes; 6. Mounts and drives; 7. Eyepieces; 8. Filters; 9. Telescope accessories; 10. Binoculars; Part III. How to Observe: 11. Sketching what you observe; 12. Astrophotography; 13. Digital and video cameras; 14. The CCD; 15. Photometry; 16. Spectroscopy; Part IV. References and Other: 17. Books and atlases; 18. Catalogues of the deep sky; 19. Software; 20. Observatories; 21. The social astronomer; 22. Light pollution; Part V. What to Observe: 23. Nightfall; 24. The Sun; 25. The Aurora; 26. The Moon; 27. Eclipses and transits; 28. Mercury and Venus; 29. Mars; 30. Jupiter; 31. Saturn; 32. The outer planets; 33. Asteroids; 34. Comets; 35. Meteors and meteor showers; Part VI. Deep Sky Objects: 36. Double stars; 37. Variable stars; 38. Supernovae; 39. Occultations; 40. Nebulae; 41. Star clusters; 42. Galaxies; Part VII. Observing Tips.

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