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Advanced Amateur Astronomy - Gerald North

Advanced Amateur Astronomy

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Written by an accomplished amateur astronomer and available for the first time in North America, this advanced guide is designed to take your evening explorations to new heights. Beginning with an explanation of the fundamental principles of practical astronomy, author North provides essential information on telescope optics, the atmosphere, astrophotography, electronic imaging, and telescope hardware (including how to select equipment and diagnose faulty telescopes). This knowledge is then applied to the full range of celestial bodies accessible by telescope: the solar system, stars and galaxies. For those amateur astronomers who are bored with making simple observations, chapters on photometry, spectroscopy and radio astronomy bring observational astronomy to a level where data of real scientific value can be acquired. This book is a must for any amateur astronomer wanting a new way to look at the sky.

'... many astronomers will welcome the updated second edition of Gerald North's Advanced Amateur Astronomy.' Carole Stott, New Scientist 'Gerald North's Advanced Amateur Astronomy will be welcomed by any amateur astronomer who is ready for somehting beyond beginner books ... this 400-page volume is chock full of practical information about observing and equipment, with an emphasis on things that can be done straightforwardly - and usually inexpensively - by almost any amateur with modest experience. The author is an experienced lunar and planetary observer, contributing to the British Astronomical Association for nearly two decades, and it shows.' Jay Reynolds Freeman, Sky and Telecscope 'Advanced Amateur Astronomy has to compete with a number of rival books in the marketplace ... but none that are more educational or easier to read. I would not hesitate in recommending it to any beginner with aspirations of becoming an experienced observer.' Martin Mobberley '... this is an excellent book with which to consider specialising in a particular area of practical astronomy and ... very good value for money.' Robert Argyle, The Observatory

Preface
Acknowledgements
Telescope optics
Atmosphere, seeing, magnification and eyepieces
Telescope hardware and adjustments
Astrophotography with the camera
Astrophotography through the telescope
Electronic imaging
The Moon
The terrestrial planets
The gas-giant planets
Comets, asteroids, meteors and aurorae
The Sun
Variable stars and novae
Methods of photometry
Double stars, star clusters, nebulae, galaxies and supernovae
Spectroscopy
Radio astronomy
Further information
Appendix: useful formulae
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ISBN: 9780521574075
ISBN-10: 0521574072
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 25th January 2013
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.5 x 18.21  x 2.57
Weight (kg): 1.02
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised