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Observing Variable Stars: A Guide for the Beginner
     

Observing Variable Stars: A Guide for the Beginner

by David H. Levy, Janet A. Mattei (Foreword by)
 

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Variable star astronomy is one field that still allows amateur astronomers to make significant contributions to the advancement of science. Everyone can play a part in variable star observations, using a small telescope, binoculars, or even the naked eye. Written by an award-winning astronomer, Observing Variable Stars provides a comprehensive introduction to the

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Variable star astronomy is one field that still allows amateur astronomers to make significant contributions to the advancement of science. Everyone can play a part in variable star observations, using a small telescope, binoculars, or even the naked eye. Written by an award-winning astronomer, Observing Variable Stars provides a comprehensive introduction to the field of variable star observation for the amateur. The book begins with advice on binoculars and telescopes, and on how and when to observe stars effectively. Levy then explains the ways in which to interpret variation in light output in terms of the life of a star, from birth to sometimes violent death. All the major variables are described and classified, as well as other variable objects such as active galaxies, asteroids, comets, and the sun. The book also illustrates how astrophysicists interpret variations in light output in terms of the evolution of stars. Observing Variable Stars contains a seasonal guide to the night sky usable in all latitudes. Throughout, practical observations serve to complement the text, making this an enjoyable, readable introduction to an exciting area of astronomy.

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"...as a simple guide for the novice observer, this volume has no rival." Astronomy

"...successfully mixes the technical and human aspects of variable star observing and the reader is treated to a number of historical digressions that are educational in themselves." Astronomy

"A well-written guide, by one of this country's most enthusiastic amateur astronomers..." Andrew Fraknoi, Mercury

"If you think variable star observing is boring, this book will convince you otherwise. Most importantly, Observing Variable Stars will get you outside looking at the sky." Deep Sky

"...marvelous and enchanting book about amateur astronomers and variable stars." Sky & Telescope

"This new book is delightful and I learned a few new facts by reading it...The work is well researched, thought out, and executed...For those of you who have not yet been introduced to variable stars, enjoy this introduction. For those already acquainted with 'variables,' give yourself a few cloudy nights with this delightful book!" The Strolling Astronomer

"Well presented with large, readable print, the book covers all the bases. Systematic observation is the goal, but the route is illuminated with anecdote and historic perspective." Griffith Observer

"...This is a quality book throughout. I recommend it highly to amateurs everywhere who feel that they have passed the 'star gazing' stage and now wish to make their own personal contribution to human knowledge. The publishers are to be commended for giving David Levy the chance to make it available to a wide audience..." The Reflector

Booknews
Begins with advice on binoculars and telescopes. Following this is a description of all major types of variable stars, as well as other variable objects such as galaxies, asteroids, and comets. Includes a seasonal guide to the night sky and is usable in all latitudes. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521627559
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2003
Edition description:
Subsequent
Pages:
220
Product dimensions:
6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 0.47(d)

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