Observational Astronomy

ISBN-10: 0521853702
ISBN-13: 9780521853705
Edition: 2nd 2006 (Revised)
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Description: The long-awaited second edition of this well-received textbook gives a thorough introduction to observational astronomy. Starting with the basics of positional astronomy and systems of time, it continues with charts and catalogs covering both  More...

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Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 6/29/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 319
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.980
Language: English

The long-awaited second edition of this well-received textbook gives a thorough introduction to observational astronomy. Starting with the basics of positional astronomy and systems of time, it continues with charts and catalogs covering both historically important publications and modern electronic databases. The book builds on a fundamental discussion of the basics of light and the effects of the atmosphere on astronomical observations. Chapters include discussions of optical telescopes, detectors, photometry, variable stars, astrometry, spectroscopy, and solar observations. This edition contains new discussions of measurements with CCDs and appendices give basic statistical methods, useful astronomical software and websites, and sources of accurate time-calibration signals. Observational Astronomy is the perfect textbook for upper level undergraduate or beginning graduate courses on astronomy. Examples based on real astronomical data are placed throughout the text. 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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