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The Observer's Guide to Astronomy: Volume 1

PUBLISHER Cambridge University Press (09/22/1994)
PRODUCT TYPE Paperback (Paperback)

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This guide provides comprehensive practical information for both beginning and advanced amateur astronomers on how to make scientifically significant observations. The book explains in detail how to observe every conceivable astronomical object--from meteors to distant galaxies. It presents a wide variety of methods ranging from the simplest visual observations, such as making pencil drawings of the surface of the Moon, to the use of highly sophisticated equipment, such as CCD cameras and photoelectric photometers. It also explains how to record and catalog observations using recognized professional terminology and classification schemes. The volume's emphasis throughout is on giving amateur astronomers sound information to use at the telescope. The most effective and efficient techniques are presented so that observers can apply those that are most suitable to their own equipment and degree of experience. This comprehensive survey of practical methods of observation will develop the observational skills of the avid novice and will also satisfy the more demanding needs of the experienced amateur astronomer.
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ISBN-13: 9780521379458
ISBN-10: 0521379458
Binding: Paperback or Softback (Trade Paperback (Us))
Content Language: English
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Page Count: 612
Carton Quantity: 7
Product Dimensions: 6.83 x 1.16 x 9.69 inches
Weight: 2.64 pound(s)
Feature Codes: Bibliography
Country of Origin: US
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Science | Astronomy
Dewey Decimal: 520
Library of Congress Control Number: 93029830
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This guide provides comprehensive practical information for both beginning and advanced amateur astronomers on how to make scientifically significant observations. The book explains in detail how to observe every conceivable astronomical object--from meteors to distant galaxies. It presents a wide variety of methods ranging from the simplest visual observations, such as making pencil drawings of the surface of the Moon, to the use of highly sophisticated equipment, such as CCD cameras and photoelectric photometers. It also explains how to record and catalog observations using recognized professional terminology and classification schemes. The volume's emphasis throughout is on giving amateur astronomers sound information to use at the telescope. The most effective and efficient techniques are presented so that observers can apply those that are most suitable to their own equipment and degree of experience. This comprehensive survey of practical methods of observation will develop the observational skills of the avid novice and will also satisfy the more demanding needs of the experienced amateur astronomer.
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Editor: Martinez, Patrick
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Translator: Dunlop, Storm
Storm Dunlop is an experienced writer and lecturer on astronomy. He is author of Collins Night Sky (2011), a Fellow at the Royal Astronomical Society and is a past president of the British Astronomical Association.
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