The Planet Observer's Handbook

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Here is an informative, up-to-date and well-illustrated guide to planetary observations for amateurs. After chapters on the solar system and the celestial sphere, the text explains how to choose, test and use a telescope with various accessories and how to make observations and record results. For each planet and the asteroids, Price gives details of observational techniques, together with suggestions for how to make contributions of sound astronomical value. From a general description and detailed observational ...

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Overview

Here is an informative, up-to-date and well-illustrated guide to planetary observations for amateurs. After chapters on the solar system and the celestial sphere, the text explains how to choose, test and use a telescope with various accessories and how to make observations and record results. For each planet and the asteroids, Price gives details of observational techniques, together with suggestions for how to make contributions of sound astronomical value. From a general description and detailed observational history of each planet, readers learn how to anticipate what they should see and assess their own observations. New to this edition is a chapter on planetary photography that includes the revolutionary use of videography, charge coupled devices and video-assisted drawing. Another new feature is a section on the Kuiper Belt and Oort Cloud. Other chapters on making maps and planispheres and on photoelectric photometry round out the book's up-to-date treatment, making this indispensable reading for both casual and serious observer alike.

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"...a refreshing book...There is a tremendous amount of useful information, and helpful advice for casual observers, and for those who are anxious to contribute information of real scientific value...Price has put a great deal of effort into the book, and it must be regarded as a definite success. It will be valuable both to the beginner and to the serious planetary observer. I strongly recommend it." New Scientist

"...offers much for the casual observer and 'armchair astronomer', aimed also at those who wish to contribute to our knowledge of the planets...many pearls of information...presented concisely with excellent illustrations...a synopsis of historical observations provides excellent foundations for planning observational programs...brief resumes of spacecraft data follow, emphasizing interesting and helpful facts...well-written and detailed enough to guide the beginning researcher." Sky & Telescope

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521789813
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2003
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword; Preface; Introduction: why observe the planets?; 1. The solar system; 2. The celestial sphere; 3. Telescopes and accessories; 4. The atmosphere and seeing; 5. Mercury; 6. Venus; 7. Mars; 8. The minor planets (asteroids); 9. Jupiter; 10. Saturn; 11. Uranus; 12. Neptune; 13. Pluto; 14. Constructing maps and planispheres; 15. Planetary photography and videography; 16. Photoelectric photometry of the minor planets, planets and their satellites; Name index; Subject index.

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