Double & Multiple Stars, and How to Observe Them

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The first part of Jim Mullaney's book provides a comprehensive review of the different classes of double and multiple systems, along with a look at the astrophysics of these objects. This is followed by a detailed guide for amateur astronomers describing how to observe them using a variety of techniques and instruments. Highlighting the book are two carefully selected observing lists that together offer 500 exciting targets for viewing.
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James Mullaney's book Double and Multiple Stars and How to Observe Them exceeds what anyone has done with this topic before—by a whole qualitative level or two. Mullaney is one of the world's most experienced observers of double stars and "deep-sky objects." His writing is always clear, accurate and enthusiastic and this book is no exception. Double and Multiple Stars, along with Mullaney's other writings on the topic, may end up almost singlehandedly winning over a new generation of observers to the joy of double-star observing.
—Fred Schaaf

...I can recommend Double and Multiple Stars and How to Observe Them to those who delight in seeing close points of light and those who can imagine the huge variety of suns they represent.

—Leif J. Robinson, in Sky & Telescope, October 2006

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848007437
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
  • Publication date: 9/28/2008
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 7.52 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I All about double and multiple stars
1 Introduction 3
2 Types of double stars 9
3 Astrophysics of double stars 23
Pt. II Observing double and multiple stars
4 Observing techniques 35
5 Tools of the trade 43
6 Observing projects 60
7 Double and multiple star observing lists 75
8 Conclusion 85
App. 1 Constellation names and abbreviations 91
App. 2 Double star designations 94
App. 3 Double and multiple star working list 101
App. 4 Telescope limiting magnitude and resolution 121
App. 5 The measurement of visual double stars 123
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