Mars Observer's Guide: A Practical Handbook for Amateur Astronomers

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In the year 2003, Mars will be closer to Earth than it has ever been. This presents the best (and rare) opportunity to observe the Red Planet. This book is a well-illustrated resource created for the amateur astronomer. It covers everything that is needed to know to make the most of this unique occurrence.

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Overview

In the year 2003, Mars will be closer to Earth than it has ever been. This presents the best (and rare) opportunity to observe the Red Planet. This book is a well-illustrated resource created for the amateur astronomer. It covers everything that is needed to know to make the most of this unique occurrence.

The Mars Observer's Guide describes what equipment is needed to observe Mars and explains the various methods of recording what you can see: from simple sketches to CCD (charge-coupled devices) imaging.

Astronomers will also learn what to look for throughout 2003 and also in 2005 and 2007 when similar phenomena occur. The book goes beyond being an observational guide with an excellent general introduction to Mars. The planet's structure and key physical features are extensively described and illustrated.

The long history of its observation from Earth is also discussed, including the intriguing Martian canals controversy. The book addresses the various space missions to Mars — past and future — and contains fascinating images sent via space probes.

Mars Observer's Guide even considers the possibility of life on Mars which will encourage many current and would-be astronomers to diligently watch the Red Planet in 2003.

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Editorial Reviews

Pulsar - Duncan Class
For both novice and experienced amateurs... very informative and handy to use... perfect gifts for any amateur astronomer.
Globe and Mail
An immensely practical book for anyone whose interest in the red planet has been piqued.
Astronomy
Jam-packed with observing tips and general information ... excellent use of color illustrations ... does not sacrifice substance for style ... pithy, well organized text.
Lunar and Planetary Information Bulletin
Created for amateur astronomers [it] covers everything needed to know... goes beyond being an observational guide
Choice - T. Barker
Valuable to amateur astronomers at the beginning to intermediate level... recommended.
Booklist
For amateur astronomers and for reports; excellent reference source.
E-Streams - Peggy Dominy
Chock full of information about Mars... most appropriate for high school and public library collections.
Edmonton Journal - M. Horton
This handy, pocket sized guide couldn't be more timely... Bone has an easy style that should appeal to the amateur astronomers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781552978023
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/5/2003
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 7.12 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Neil Bone is a frequent lecturer at astronomical societies and conventions. He has over 30 years experience observing the sky and popularizing practical observational astronomy.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
by Richard McKim,
Director, BAA Mars Section

Chapter 1: Observing the Red Planet
- Mars myths
- Modern myths — Mars in science fiction

Chapter 2: Mars as a Planet
- Orbit
- Martian geology
- Atmosphere
- Seasons
- Satellites

Chapter 3: Equipment basics
- The ideal planetary telescope
- Mountings
- Eyepieces
- Filters
- Other considerations
- Seeing
- Keeping a record
- Sketching
- Photography
- CCD imaging
- Video

Chapter 4: The View from Earth
- The telescopic view
- Mars in 2001

Chapter 5: Mars in 2003
- Highlights for telescopic observers in 2003
- Mars ephemeris for 2003

Chapter 6: Mars in 2005
- Highlights for telescopic observers in 2005

Chapter 7: Mars in 2007-8
- Highlights for telescopic observers in 2007-8

Chapter 8: Early Explorers
- Moving the Earth
- Early telescopic views
- The late 18th century
- The early 19th century
- Mid-19th-century observers
- Schiaparelli and the canals
- The canal controversy

Chapter 9: Space Age Mars
- Early missions
- Mariner 9
- Beyond Mariner
- The Vikings
- Back to Mars
- Mars
Pathfinder
- Mars Global Surveyor
- Losses and recovery
- Missions for 2003-4
- Beyond 2004

Chapter 10: Life on Mars?
- Life on Earth — and elsewhere?
- The Viking experiments
- Mars on Earth
- Antarctic meteorites
- ALH 84001

Glossary
Appendix
Index
Acknowledgements

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