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Advanced Amateur Astronomy


Publisher:Edinburgh University Press



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Packed with information and explanations, this is a guide for the amateur astronomer who wants to increase the pleasure of his/her hobby as well as learn how to make scientific contributions of real and lasting value. It takes the amateur astronomer from basic topics to more advanced practical work. Detailed appraisals of telescope types and available equipment (including lists of equipment suppliers) are given with an analysis of their strengths and weaknesses, and tips on how to adjust and diagnose faults. Each of the main observing topics is covered in detail including - astrophotography with the camera and through the telescope, lunar observation, observation of the terrestial planets, the gas-giant planets, the Sun, meteors, aurorae, comets, asteroids, nebulae, galaxies, stars and more. The more common observing types are outlined as well as specialized techniques such as radio astronomy and spectroscopy.

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