Practical Amateur Spectroscopy / Edition 1

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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.

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"Although essential to professionals – spectroscopy has largely been ignored by amateurs as a ‘black art’. This book – the first of its kind – should help redress the balance. … Spectroscopy is a big subject for the dedicated amateur and this book just begins to scratch the surface. It contains plenty of useful references and websites and the minimum of maths. … this is the only current book on amateur spectroscopy and must be recommended." (Maurice Gavin, Astronomy Now, May, 2003)

"The latest serving from Springer is all about spectroscopy – an important subject, as much of what we know about the Universe comes from the study of light. The book starts with a substantial and excellent roundup of the physics behind light and stellar spectra. … there are useful sections on building spectroscopes for mounting to telescopes … . The book did spark an interest in spectroscopy and a desire to learn more … ." (John Rowlands, Popular Astronomy, Vol. 50 (2), 2003)

"This book, part of Springer’s Practical Astronomy series, is a sampler authored by six practitioners of the slowly growing interest in amateur spectroscopy. … Spectroscopy is a huge subject with innumerable specialist targets even for the amateur. The contents of this book reflect the authors’ interests. As the only current book on amateur spectroscopy it must be recommended." (Maurice Gavin, Journal of the British Astronomical Association, Vol. 112 (6), 2002)

"The spectroscope is undoubtedly a powerful analytical tool providing a foundation stone for modern professional astronomy and ‘Practical amateur Spectroscopy’ is a concise book helping explain the basics. … As it was back in 1982 that I studied A-level physics, this book was a much-needed refresher course for me. … if your academic background is in the sciences, particularly physics and mathematics, then I think this book is a really good read providing a fascinating insight into a very important facet of astronomy." (Philip Moran, Astronomy & Space, January, 2003)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781852334895
  • Publisher: Springer London
  • Publication date: 6/10/2002
  • Series: Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series
  • Edition description: 2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 213
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Section 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2009

    This book is rife with errors!

    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.

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