Practical Amateur Spectroscopy / Edition 1by Stephen F. Tonkin
Pub. Date: 06/10/2002
Publisher: Springer London
This book contains everything an amateur astronomer needs to know to begin observing whilst going relatively deeply into the subject for those who are already involved. Covers a very wide range of available equipment, from simple DIY spectroscopes to the most expensive commercially-made instruments. Describes basic principles so that the reader understands how to analyse the spectra he/she sees or records. Contributions by leading amateurs astronomers from the USA and Europe.
Table of ContentsSection 1 Fundamentals of Spectroscopy.- 1 Development of Stellar Spectroscopy.- 2 Gases and Spectra.- 3 Spectroscopes.- 4 The Spectral Classification of Stars.- Section 2 Practical Amateur Spectroscopy.- 5 The CD Spectroscope.- 6 Photographing and Analyzing the Spectra of Stars.- 7 Two Spectrographs for Small Telescopes.- 8 Amateur Astronomical Spectroscopy with Some Commercial Spectrographs.- 9 Astronomical Spectroscopy with the Santa Barbara Instrument Group Self-Guiding Spectrometer.- 10 Building and Using a High-Precision Radial Velocity Spectrograph.- Appendix 1 Suppliers of Spectroscopes.- Appendix 2 Useful Websites.- Appendix 3 Selected Bibliography.- Appendix 4 The Contributors.
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I cannont possibly recommend this book for anyone. It is rife with errors and misconceptions. It is clear the book was never proof-read and that the information it contains was never vetted by someone knowledgable in the field. It's too bad since spectroscopy is a subject which needs to be better represented in the amateur astronomy community. With several very capable instruments commercially available, and the usual desire by many amateurs to understand amd make useful contributions in the field of astronomical spectroscopy, there just isn't a decent entry-level text on the subject. This could have been - but is fatally flawed.