Star Clusters and How to Observe Them / Edition 1

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ASTRONOMERS' OBSERVING GUIDES provide up-to-date information for amateur astronomers who want to know all about what it is they are observing. This is the basis of the first part of the book. The second part details observing techniques for practical astronomers, working with a range of different instruments. Star Clusters and How to Observe Them is a mine of information for all levels of amateur observers, from beginners to experienced observers. It begins with a detailed yet easily assimilated description of star clusters, how they were formed as our Milky Way galaxy evolved, and how they are classified. The latest research has revealed a vast amount of fascinating information about the clusters, along with some spectacular photographs. Modern commercially-made telescopes enable amateur astronomers to see a surprising amount of detail, and to record - using CCD cameras, video, webcams or even film - some remarkably beautiful and detailed images. There is detailed information on using refractors, reflectors, SCT's (like Meade and Celestron) and computer-controlled telescopes The book includes an Observing List cataloguing star clusters to be observed or imaged using a variety of different instruments, all of them available commercially to amateur astronomers.

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[The] writing style is lucid and eminently friendly, and conveys a virtually contagious enthusiasm for the subject. If, after browsing through this book, you haven't felt the urge to sweep the skies for some of the magnificent star clusters detailed in the text, then you aren't at all interested in viewing the skies. I thoroughly recommend this book.

—Peter Grego, in Popular Astronomy, April-June 2006

"Mark Allison is clearly an enthusiast and keen amateur observer of the Deep Sky, and in Star clusters and how to observe them … . His style is friendly and welcoming to the newcomer to the field. … The observing aspect of the book is more successful than the astrophysical which has many interesting things to say … . for the newcomer to star clusters looking for a relatively inexpensive alternative, it may serve." (Nick Hewitt, Journal of the British Astronomical Association, Vol. 116 (4), 2006)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846281907
  • Publisher: Springer London
  • Publication date: 1/28/2006
  • Series: Astronomers' Observing Guides Series
  • Edition description: 2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Table of Contents

Stars: The Ingredients of Star Clusters

The Milky Way: Home to Star Clusters

Open Clusters.- Globular Clusters

Stellar Associations


Extragalactic Clusters

Cluster Remnants

Misfits & ‘Non-existent’ Clusters


Equipment & Accessories

Observation Planning & Resources

Observing Guide & Techniques

Imaging & Recording Objects

Comprehensive Observing List

Catalogues & Cluster Data

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