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David Levy's Guide to the Night Sky - David H. Levy

David Levy's Guide to the Night Sky

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Published: 19th December 2001
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If, as Immanuel Kant once said, we are guided by the starry sky above and the moral law within, then, thanks to David Levy, we can now conceptualize Kant's adage at least half-way. David Levy's Guide to the Night Sky is designed to satisfy observers who have just become interested in the sky and want to navigate their way around it. By stirring the imagination and putting observation in a framework of personal adventure, Levy explains how to discover the Moon, planets, comets, meteors, and distant galaxies through a small telescope. Fully updated, the new edition includes:

  • A new section on the computer-controlled telescopes and how to use this new technology;
  • One new chapter on how charge-coupled devices (CCDs) have revolutionized the art of astronomical observation
  • An explanation of how a new variable star is discovered and studied, based on Levy's personal experience Levy explores topics as diverse as the features of the Moon from night to night; how to observe constellations from both urban and rural observation sites; how best to view the stars, nebulae, and galaxies; and how to map the sky. David H. Levy is one of the world's foremost amateur astronomers. He has discovered seventeen comets, seven using a telescope in his own backyard, and had a minor planet, Asteroid 3673 Levy, named in his honor. As a respected astronomer, he is best known for being the co-discoverer of the famous Shoemaker-Levy9 comet in 1994. Levy is frequently interviewed by the media and succeeded Carl Sagan as science columnist for Parade magazine. He has written and contributed to a number of books, most recently The Scientific American Book of the Cosmos (St. Martin's, 2000), Advanced Skywatching (Time Life, 2000), and Deep-Sky Companions (Cambridge, 2000).

  • '... a very good read and is certainly value for money.' Peter Mata, Spaceflight 'I would unhesitatingly recommend it to the novice astronomer starting out, or the advanced observer in need of some gentle encouragement.' Neil English, Astronomy Now '... essential reading when preparing for a night under the stars ... a book which should find a place on every astronomer's shelf, and in every astronomer's heart.' Astronomy & Space

    Forewordp. xv
    Preface to the first editionp. xvii
    Preface to this editionp. xix
    Acknowledgmentsp. xxii
    Getting started
    First night outp. 1
    Discover the skyp. 2
    Aspects of the skyp. 3
    Magnitudesp. 4
    The Big Dipper keyp. 4
    The Milky Wayp. 6
    The planetsp. 7
    Celestial co-ordinates and measurementsp. 7
    The star chartsp. 9
    Starry, starry skies...p. 26
    Without a telescopep. 27
    Lightsp. 28
    Haloesp. 28
    Aurora borealis and australisp. 28
    Zodiacal light and Gegenscheinp. 33
    Artificial satellitesp. 34
    The planetsp. 34
    Diversity of the starsp. 35
    The Sunp. 37
    The Moonp. 38
    Mercuryp. 38
    Planets in daylightp. 38
    Variable starsp. 40
    Deep sky objectsp. 41
    Searchingp. 42
    Meteorsp. 43
    Showersp. 44
    Showers month by monthp. 45
    Observing procedurep. 50
    Single observerp. 50
    Group observingp. 51
    Hintsp. 52
    Fireballsp. 54
    Choosing a telescopep. 55
    Binocularsp. 57
    Anticipating problemsp. 58
    Telescopesp. 59
    Refractorp. 59
    Reflectorp. 61
    Compound telescopesp. 61
    Eyepiecesp. 61
    Mountsp. 62
    Why not make your own?p. 62
    Extremesp. 64
    Telescopes, advancedp. 65
    How to use electronic telescopesp. 66
    Recording your observationsp. 67
    Moon, Sun and planets
    The Moonp. 73
    Why observe the Moon?p. 74
    The phasesp. 75
    Training projectp. 75
    Day to day notesp. 77
    Moon II: advanced observationsp. 86
    Crater drawing programp. 86
    Drawing a featurep. 86
    A note about notesp. 89
    Photographing the Moonp. 89
    At the prime focusp. 91
    Lunar transient phenomenap. 92
    Suspect areasp. 93
    Notes on advanced projectsp. 94
    Lunar height measurementsp. 95
    Viewing difficult featuresp. 96
    The Sunp. 97
    Observing the Sun is dangerousp. 99
    Observing projectsp. 101
    Daily sunspot countp. 101
    Other features on the Sunp. 106
    Disk drawingsp. 106
    Detailed drawingsp. 108
    Photographsp. 109
    Advanced work: hydrogen-alpha filtersp. 110
    Jupiterp. 110
    Jupiter and its moonsp. 111
    Seeingp. 111
    The face of Jupiterp. 113
    Drawing Jupiterp. 114
    Full disk drawingsp. 115
    Specific regionsp. 116
    The Galilean satellitesp. 119
    A comet strikes Jupiterp. 119
    Saturnp. 123
    Historical perspectivep. 124
    The ringsp. 124
    The globep. 125
    Drawing Saturnp. 126
    A cloudy night experiment for clubsp. 126
    Actual drawingp. 127
    Estimating conspicuousnessp. 127
    Estimating intensityp. 127
    The moonsp. 129
    Titanp. 129
    Iapetusp. 130
    Phoebep. 130
    Marsp. 131
    Observing Marsp. 133
    Drawing Marsp. 135
    Kinds of changes to expectp. 136
    Surface featuresp. 137
    The atmospherep. 140
    Phobos and Deimosp. 141
    Mars thoughtp. 143
    The retrograde motion of Mars, by Leo Enrightp. 143
    Five planets worth watchingp. 149
    Venusp. 149
    Observing Venusp. 150
    Advanced observingp. 150
    Ashen lightp. 152
    Transitsp. 152
    Mercuryp. 153
    Observing Mercuryp. 153
    How the outer planets were discoveredp. 154
    Discovery I: Uranusp. 154
    Discovery II: Neptunep. 155
    Discovery III: Plutop. 157
    Observing Uranusp. 158
    Observing Neptunep. 160
    Observing Plutop. 160
    Minor bodies
    Asteroidsp. 163
    Historical perspectivep. 163
    Naming of asteroidsp. 165
    Observing asteroidsp. 166
    Kinds of asteroidsp. 166
    Observing asteroidsp. 166
    A life list of asteroidsp. 167
    Asteroid occultationsp. 167
    Physical observationsp. 170
    A photometric study of some asteroidsp. 170
    Cometsp. 172
    Comets, clouds, and variable starsp. 172
    Comet observersp. 174
    What is a comet?p. 175
    Families of cometsp. 175
    Groups of cometsp. 175
    Observing cometsp. 176
    How to estimate the brightness of a cometp. 177
    The comap. 179
    Comet huntingp. 180
    Procedures for huntingp. 182
    Sun vicinityp. 183
    Twilight horizonp. 183
    A group search programp. 183
    Hunting with a telescopep. 184
    Search proceduresp. 184
    Appropriate timesp. 185
    Discoveryp. 186
    The naming of cometsp. 188
    Deep sky
    Double starsp. 191
    Mizarp. 191
    Historical notesp. 192
    Nature of doublesp. 193
    Observing double starsp. 194
    Recording your observationsp. 195
    Doubles as optical testsp. 196
    The Tombaugh-Smith seeing scalep. 196
    Advanced workp. 198
    Variable starsp. 199
    The AAVSOp. 200
    Eclipsing binariesp. 201
    Cepheidsp. 202
    Long period starsp. 202
    Semiregular starsp. 203
    Cataclysmic variablesp. 206
    T Taurip. 207
    Naming of variablesp. 207
    How to observe a variable starp. 208
    Suggested frequency of observationp. 210
    Northern summer programp. 210
    Northern winter programp. 211
    A selection of variable starsp. 211
    Searching for novae and supernovaep. 216
    Neutron star songp. 222
    TV Corvi: A variable star adventurep. 223
    The deep skyp. 225
    The New General Cataloguep. 226
    Open clustersp. 226
    Globular clustersp. 229
    Diffuse nebulaep. 232
    Planetary nebulaep. 235
    Supernova remnantsp. 237
    Galaxiesp. 237
    Quasarsp. 238
    Telescope and skyp. 239
    For a city skyp. 239
    For a dark skyp. 242
    Messier huntingp. 245
    Messier marathonsp. 258
    The sky on filmp. 262
    Star trailsp. 264
    The Sunp. 266
    Moon and planetsp. 266
    Photographs by projectionp. 266
    Guided astrophotographyp. 267
    Camera supportp. 267
    What you needp. 267
    Aligning the polar axisp. 269
    Setting up the picturep. 270
    Focusingp. 270
    Ready!p. 271
    Some advanced ideasp. 271
    Copyingp. 271
    Hypersensitizingp. 271
    Processing filmp. 272
    Some hintsp. 273
    The electronic revolution, part 1: CCDsp. 275
    Connecting a CCD to a computerp. 277
    Observing with CCDsp. 277
    Focusingp. 278
    Taking the imagep. 278
    Flat fieldingp. 279
    Image manipulationp. 279
    The electronic revolution, part 2: Astrometryp. 280
    Some backgroundp. 281
    Observing the objectp. 282
    Measuring positions the classical wayp. 282
    Using CCDsp. 283
    Special events
    Solar eclipsesp. 285
    Alignmentsp. 286
    Solar eclipses and the publicp. 286
    Eye protectionp. 287
    The saros cyclep. 289
    Partial eclipsesp. 290
    Total eclipsesp. 290
    Photographing a solar eclipsep. 291
    Other activitiesp. 293
    Annular eclipsesp. 294
    Enjoy it!p. 295
    Lunar eclipses and occultationsp. 295
    Lunar eclipsesp. 296
    Shadowsp. 296
    Things to dop. 297
    Penumbral eclipsesp. 300
    Thoughtp. 300
    Lunar occultationsp. 301
    Grazing occultationsp. 302
    Occultations of planetsp. 304
    Occultations by planetsp. 304
    Murphy's Law and occultationsp. 304
    A miscellany
    Passing the torchp. 309
    Schoolsp. 309
    Methods of teachingp. 310
    The planetsp. 310
    Daytime observingp. 311
    Observing the Sunp. 312
    Venusp. 312
    Observing the Moonp. 313
    Night observingp. 313
    Meteors, and learning through researchp. 314
    Closing thoughtp. 314
    The poet's skyp. 318
    My favorite objectsp. 323
    The Moonp. 323
    The Sunp. 324
    Jupiterp. 324
    Saturnp. 324
    Algolp. 325
    V Hydraep. 325
    TV Corvip. 326
    47 Ursae Majorisp. 326
    Wendee's starp. 326
    Eta Carinaep. 327
    Wendee's Ringp. 327
    Equuleus Sp. 328
    IC 1396p. 328
    NGC 1931p. 328
    M17: The Omega Nebulap. 329
    Messier 31p. 329
    Messier 51: The Whirlpool Galaxyp. 329
    NGC3621: The Frame Galaxyp. 330
    The Hydra Trio: Larry, Mo and Curlyp. 330
    Nanette's Riverp. 330
    Resourcesp. 331
    Societiesp. 331
    Lunar and planetaryp. 331
    Variable starsp. 331
    Occultationsp. 331
    Photometryp. 332
    Deep skyp. 332
    Light pollutionp. 332
    Sunp. 332
    Three other organizationsp. 333
    Literaturep. 333
    Observing assistancep. 333
    Star atlasesp. 334
    Historicalp. 334
    Solar systemp. 335
    Deep skyp. 335
    General assistancep. 336
    For childrenp. 336
    Magazinesp. 336
    Indexp. 339
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    ISBN: 9780521797535
    ISBN-10: 0521797535
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 368
    Published: 19th December 2001
    Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
    Country of Publication: GB
    Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 17.42  x 2.03
    Weight (kg): 0.6
    Edition Number: 2
    Edition Type: Revised