Observing Variable Stars, Novae, and Supernovae

Observing Variable Stars, Novae, and Supernovae

by Gerald North, Nick James
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521820472

ISBN-13: 9780521820479

Pub. Date: 10/25/2004

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Gerald North's complete practical guide and resource package instructs amateur astronomers in observing and monitoring variable stars and other objects of variable brightness. Descriptions of the objects are accompanied by explanations of the background astrophysics, providing readers with real insight into what they are observing at the telescope. The main…  See more details below

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Gerald North's complete practical guide and resource package instructs amateur astronomers in observing and monitoring variable stars and other objects of variable brightness. Descriptions of the objects are accompanied by explanations of the background astrophysics, providing readers with real insight into what they are observing at the telescope. The main instrumental requirements for observing and estimating the brightness of objects by visual means and by CCD photometry are detailed, and there is advice on the selection of equipment. The book contains a CD-ROM packed with resources, including hundreds of light-curves and over 600 printable finder charts. Containing extensive practical advice, this comprehensive guide is an invaluable resource for amateur astronomers of all levels, from novices to more advanced observers. Gerald North is a lifelong amateur astronomer. In addition to being a member of the British Astronomical Association since 1977, he is also the author of many books, including Advanced Amateur Astronomy (Cambridge, 1997) and Observing the Moon (Cambridge, 2000).

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521820479
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/25/2004
Edition description:
with CD-ROM
Pages:
242
Product dimensions:
7.44(w) x 9.69(h) x 0.91(d)

Table of Contents

1. Foundations, federations and finder-charts; 2. Variables in vision; 3. Astrovariables reckoned; 4. Photometry; 5. Stars great and small; 6. Variable beginnings; 7. Clockwork pulsators; 8. Less regular single-star variables; 9. Eclipsing binary stars and novae; 10. Cataclysmic and symbiotic systems; 11. The extra-galactic realm; Appendices.

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