Being an amateur astronomer is great fun, with many different and interesting areas to get involved in. This complete reference provides a wealth of practical information covering all aspects of amateur astronomy. Organized thematically for ease of use, it covers observing techniques, telescopes and observatories, internet resources, and the objects that can be studied. Those new to the field will find tips, techniques and plans on how to begin their quest, and more advanced observers will find lots of useful advice on how to get more out of their hobby. Containing the most recent data, the book is highly accurate, and is illustrated throughout with stunning color images and graphics. It is an essential guide for both beginning stargazers and more advanced observers.
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• Packed with observing tips for beginners and more advanced observers
• Extended bibliography for those wishing to go into more depth in Particular subjects
Introduction by Jeff Medkeff, Part I. Background: 1 The cosmic backdrop; second Positional astronomy; third Time and the calendar; fourth The magnitude system, Part II Equipment: 5 Telescopes, 6th Mounts and drives; 7 Eyepieces; 8 Filter; 9th Telescope accessories; 10 Binoculars, Part III. How to Observe: 11 Sketching what you observe; 12th Astrophotography; 13 Digital and video cameras; 14 The CCD; 15 Photometry; 16 Spectroscopy, Part IV and Other References: 17 Books and atlases; 18 Catalogues of the deep sky; 19 Software; 20 Observatories; 21 The social astronomer; 22 Light pollution; Part V. What to Observe: 23 Nightfall; 24 The Sun, 25th The Aurora; 26 The Moon; 27 Eclipses and transits; 28 Mercury and Venus; 29 Mars; 30 Jupiter; 31 Saturn; 32 The outer planets; 33 Asteroids; 34 Comets; 35 Meteors and meteor showers; Part VI. Deep Sky Objects: 36 Double stars; 37th Variable stars; 38 Supernovae, 39th Occultations; 40 Nebulae, 41st Star clusters; 42 Galaxies, Part VII Observing tips.
'... To essential guide for both beginning stargazers and more advanced observers.' Orion
'Useful and informative ...' The Observatory
'An excellent large volume well illustrated, comprehensive and up-to-date .... Both new and experienced amateur astronomers and even some professionals will find much that will benefit their knowledge, methods and techniques. A useful book to have close to hand - highly recommended '. Space Flight
'In a superbly structured and illustrated book, Bakich manages to weave together the latest wisdom on everything an amateur astronomer would ever need to now - and more ... if I were to pick just one book to whet my appetite for amateur observing, this would undoubtedly be the book to buy. ' Astronomy