How do you choose your first telescope? How do you get started in astrophotography? And progress to CCD imaging? The Guide to Amateur Astronomy answers the questions of the novice and the experienced amateur astronomer in one easy-to-use and comprehensive account.
How do you choose your first telescope? Or build one from first principles? What can the deep sky offer you season-by-season? How do you get started in astrophotography? And progress to CCD imaging? The Guide to Amateur Astronomy answers the questions of the novice and the experienced amateur astronomer in one easy-to-use and comprehensive account. Throughout the emphasis is on practical methods to get you started and then develop your skills with lavish illustrations to show you just what is possible. This second edition of the highly successful Guide has been fully revised and updated. It now takes you from basic 'piggyback' astrophotography, through the use of a cold camera to state-of-the-art CCD imaging; from studies of the planets to the most distant objects in the Universe. From guidelines for the care and adjustment of your telescope through to lists of the spectral classification of stars, amateur astronomy societies and clubs, all the information you need for your voyage of discovery and revelation is provided in this self-contained, helpful guide.
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'The book bubbles with enthusiasm; the authors have clearly enjoyed every hour they have spent at the telescope and their astronomical excitement is infectious.' David Hughes Nature 'If you are just starting off in amateur astronomy and want a book to fire your enthusiasm, this is the book!' Martin Mobberley Journal of the British Astronomical Association "...an excellent work that all amateur astronomers will find useful and informative. The Guide to Amateur Astronomy may well become the standard by which all introductory books will be measured." Mark J. Coco, Astronomy "The Guide to Amateur Astronomy^ leads the new observer step by step from the easy stellar and planetary objects to the more difficult sight-seeing. The book bubbles with enthusiasm; the authors have clearly enjoyed every hour they have spent at the telescope and their astronomical excitement is infectious. The reader is introduced to such topics as the joys of solar eclipses and comet searching, the challenge of sketching planetary surface details and estimating the varying brightnesses of eclipsing stars and the skills of nebulae hunting and astrophotography. The authors even go so far as to discuss the building of simple observatories, the making of one's own telescope, essential darkroom techniques and the choice of software for one's home computer." David Hughes, Nature "...incorporates the latest in observing techniques, most notably electronic CCD imaging, that have revolutionised astronomy...The DIY enthusiast is well catered for..." Adrian Ashford, New Scientist "...covers a lot of ground...gives budding amateurs enough material on most subjects to get them started, as well as ample resources for jumping into advanced projects." Scoot Kardel, Mercury "...a good general overview of [the] hobby, now brought up to date with expanded sections on some of today's latest areas of interest. Novice stargazres will enjoy its friendly stule and broad coverage." Philip Harrington, Sky & Telescope
Table of Contents
Contents; Foreword; 1. First discoveries: the adventure begins; 2. Solar system voyages; 3. A deep sky guide; 4. The night sky on film: Astrophotography; 5. Amateur astronomy in the electronic age; 6. The build-it-yourself astronomer; Appendices: I. Sky nomenclature; II. Time and timekeeping; III. Your telescope's health: Care and adjustment; IV. Star colours and spectral classes; V. Societies, clubs and activities; Epilogue; Bibliography.
The Guide to Amateur Astronomy by Jack Newton
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