The Guide to Amateur Astronomy / Edition 2

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Getting started in amateur astronomy can be frustrating. Without a helpful friend to lend advice, choosing a telescope, learning the buzzwords, or viewing the deep sky season by season can seem daunting. Now amateur astronomers can turn to The Guide to Amateur Astronomy to get started or, if they are more advanced, to learn all the techniques of serious telescopic observing. The authors begin by showing readers how to find their way about the night sky with little or no equipment. For the stargazer who becomes addicted they include a complete catalog of the night sky's most intriguing star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies. More advanced projects include astrophotography, telescope construction, planetary observing, comet hunting, variable star recording, and nova discovery. The new edition covers the exciting developments in the world of astro-software for the home computer and the techniques of electronic imaging or charged-coupled devices (CCDs).
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" excellent work that all amateur astronomers will find useful and informative. The Guide to Amateur Astronomy may well become the standard by which all introductory books will be measured." Mark J. Coco, Astronomy

"The Guide to Amateur Astronomy^ leads the new observer step by step from the easy stellar and planetary objects to the more difficult sight-seeing. The book bubbles with enthusiasm; the authors have clearly enjoyed every hour they have spent at the telescope and their astronomical excitement is infectious. The reader is introduced to such topics as the joys of solar eclipses and comet searching, the challenge of sketching planetary surface details and estimating the varying brightnesses of eclipsing stars and the skills of nebulae hunting and astrophotography. The authors even go so far as to discuss the building of simple observatories, the making of one's own telescope, essential darkroom techniques and the choice of software for one's home computer." David Hughes, Nature

"...incorporates the latest in observing techniques, most notably electronic CCD imaging, that have revolutionised astronomy...The DIY enthusiast is well catered for..." Adrian Ashford, New Scientist

"...covers a lot of budding amateurs enough material on most subjects to get them started, as well as ample resources for jumping into advanced projects." Scoot Kardel, Mercury

"...a good general overview of [the] hobby, now brought up to date with expanded sections on some of today's latest areas of interest. Novice stargazres will enjoy its friendly stule and broad coverage." Philip Harrington, Sky & Telescope

An introduction, with emphasis on practical technique. Includes a section of how to build a telescope and observatory, and includes maps of the night along with information on how to recognize and locate planets. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521444927
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 313
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Table of Contents

Contents; Foreword; 1. First discoveries: the adventure begins; 2. Solar system voyages; 3. A deep sky guide; 4. The night sky on film: Astrophotography; 5. Amateur astronomy in the electronic age; 6. The build-it-yourself astronomer; Appendices: I. Sky nomenclature; II. Time and timekeeping; III. Your telescope's health: Care and adjustment; IV. Star colours and spectral classes; V. Societies, clubs and activities; Epilogue; Bibliography.
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