Venus and Mercury, and How to Observe Them

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Venus and Mercury have long been regarded as difficult targets for amateur observers, but advances in commercially-made telescopes have brought them within the skills of observers of only moderate experience. Peter Grego’s fascinating book presents an up-to-date, detailed description of the history and geology of the so-called inferior planets, and provides the latest, most useful advice on observing and recording them with commercially-available telescopes and cameras. The book also offers a wealth of detailed ...

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Overview

Venus and Mercury have long been regarded as difficult targets for amateur observers, but advances in commercially-made telescopes have brought them within the skills of observers of only moderate experience. Peter Grego’s fascinating book presents an up-to-date, detailed description of the history and geology of the so-called inferior planets, and provides the latest, most useful advice on observing and recording them with commercially-available telescopes and cameras. The book also offers a wealth of detailed practical information on every aspect of observing, from safely targeting the two planets, through visual observing, to sketching and electronic imaging.

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"Covering the physical characteristics of Mercury and Venus and then outlining the instruments and techniques employed to observe them in a single book was always going to be ambitious. … Peter Grego has had a good stab at it and the resulting text contains hardly any filler in its 262 pages. … it’s an approachable read that you will return to again and again. Hopefully, it will inspire more astronomers to observe and record the inner planets." (Grant Privett, BBC Sky at Night, June, 2008)

"A new guide to the two inferior planets of the solar system. … Grego provides instruction in how to observe these bodies, and describes their origins, ‘geography,’ and qualities unique to each planet. The work is useful to the beginner and experienced alike in the use of optics, recording methods, and specifics for each planet. A short Internet resource guide, black-and-white and color photos, a subject index, and planet-specific feature indexes enhance the book. … Summing Up: Recommended. All readers/libraries." (M. V. Golden, CHOICE, Vol. 45 (11), August, 2008)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387742854
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 11/28/2007
  • Series: Astronomers' Observing Guides Series
  • Edition description: 2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 266
  • Product dimensions: 7.06 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Grego has recently written The Moon and How to Observe it for Springer, and also has eight other published astronomy books to his credit. Living in the UK, he is a well-known writer and practical amateur astronomer.

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Table of Contents

– A Perspective on Mercury and Venus.- – A Perspective on Mercury and Venus.- Current Knowledge of Mercury and Venus.- Our Current Knowledge of Mercury.- Our Current Knowledge of Venus.- Observing Mercury and Venus.- Equipment for Observing Mercury and Venus.- Recording Mercury and Venus.- Observing Mercury.- Observing Venus.

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