Observing the Universe: A Guide to Observational Astronomy and Planetary Science / Edition 1

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Introducing a range of useful techniques and skills for those wishing to undertake observational work in astronomy and planetary science, this book covers the principles of telescopes and detectors, photometry and spectroscopy and microscopy techniques for analyzing samples. Fully self-contained, it will be a valuable guide for undergraduate students of astronomy and planetary science, as well as amateur astronomers.

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'... this book had hidden depths ... All good stuff in itself and written in a very readable fashion. The second half of the book is the section that really impressed me though and certainly makes this book stand out from the rest ... the second section covers the 'Skills' you need to be a successful observational astronomer ... Finally a book has arrived that is for the already experienced amateur astronomer. If you've already gotten into the subject, you know your way around the sky and a telescope, this book is a must to get you on to the next level. By the end of it, you'll have progressed from the skills and knowledge of an experienced beginner to an astronomer who can start to provide real and valuable input to the scientific communities of the world.' Mark Lawrik-Thompson FRAS
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521603935
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/15/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 8.27 (w) x 10.35 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Norton obtained his PhD from the University of Leicester. He has written several books for Open University courses in both physics and astronomy. His research is in the area of interacting binary stars.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction; Part I. Techniques: 2. The night sky - positional astronomy; 3. Telescopes; 4. Spectrographs; 5. Astronomical detectors; 6. Reducing CCD data; 7. Photometry; 8. Spectroscopy; 9. Microscopes and microscopy techniques; 10. Interpreting images of planetary surfaces; Part II. Skills: 11. Team working; 12. Preparing for practical work in astronomy and planetary science; 13. Keeping records; 14. Experimental uncertainties; 15. Analysing experimental data; 16.Making use of graphs; 17. Using calculators and computers; 18. Communicating your results.

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