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Observational Astronomy

ISBN-10: 052139693X
ISBN-13: 9780521396936
Edition: 1991
Authors: D. Scott Birney
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Description: This textbook gives a thorough introduction to most aspects of observational astronomy. The first three chapters present material on coordinates, time and star catalogues. The book then moves on to the instruments and techniques used in visual,  More...

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Book details

List price: $30.95
Copyright year: 1991
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 2/22/1991
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 340
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

This textbook gives a thorough introduction to most aspects of observational astronomy. The first three chapters present material on coordinates, time and star catalogues. The book then moves on to the instruments and techniques used in visual, positional, photometric and spectroscopic observations. In all cases, procedures, data reduction, data interpretation and astrophysical applications are considered. Each of the well illustrated chapters is supported by a set of graduated problems and suggestions for further reading.

The celestial sphere and coordinate systems
Time
Star charts and catalogues
Applications of the spherical triangle
Photographic astronomy
Visual observations
The magnitude system
Photographic photometry
Photoelectric photometry
Applications and extensions of photometry
The spectrograph
Classification of stellar spectra
Analysis of high-dispersion spectra
Variable stars
Observing the sun
Radio astronomy
Appendices
Index

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