To Measure the Sky An Introduction to Observational Astronomy

ISBN-10: 0521747686

ISBN-13: 9780521747684

Edition: 2010

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Book details

List price: $91.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 5/27/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 462
Size: 7.50" wide x 10.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.420
Language: English

Frederick R. Chromey is Professor of Astronomy on the Matthew Vassar Junior Chair at Vassar College, and Director of the Vassar College Observatory. He has almost 40 years experience in observational astronomy research in the optical, radio, and near infrared on stars, gaseous nebulae and galaxies, and has taught astronomy to undergraduates for 35 years at Brooklyn College and Vassar.

Preface
Light
The story
The evidence: astronomical data
Models for the behavior of light
Measurements of light rays
Spectra
Magnitudes
Summary
Exercises
Uncertainty
Accuracy and precision
Populations and samples
Probability distributions
Estimating uncertainty
Propagation of uncertainty
Additional topics
Summary
Exercises
Place, time, and motion
Astronomical coordinate systems
The third dimension
Time
Motion
Summary
Exercises
Names, catalogs, and databases
Star names
Names and catalogs of non-stellar objects outside the Solar System
Objects at non-optical wavelengths
Atlases and finding charts
Websites and other computer resources
Solar System objects
Summary
Exercises
Optics for astronomy
Principles of geometric optics
Lenses, mirrors, and simple optical elements
Simple telescopes
Image quality: telescopic resolution
Aberrations
Summary
Exercises
Astronomical telescopes
Telescope mounts and drives
Reflecting telescope optics
Telescopes in space
Ground-based telescopes
Adaptive optics
The next stage: ELTs and advanced AO
Summary
Exercises
Matter and light
Isolated atoms
Isolated molecules
Solid-state crystals
Photoconductors
The MOS capacitor
The p--n junction
The vacuum photoelectric effect
Superconductivity
Summary
Exercises
Detectors
Detector characterization
The CCD
Photo-emissive devices
Infrared arrays
Thermal detectors
Summary
Exercises
Digital images from arrays
Arrays
Digital image manipulation
Preprocessing array data: bias, linearity, dark, flat, and fringe
Combining images
Digital aperture photometry
Summary
Exercises
Photometry
Introduction: a short history
The response function
The idea of a photometric system
Common photometric systems
From source to telescope
The atmosphere
Transformation to a standard system
Summary
Exercises
Spectrometers
Dispersive spectrometry
Dispersing optical elements
Spectrometers without slits
Basic slit and fiber spectrometers
Spectrometer design for astronomy
Spectrometric data
Interpreting spectra
Summary
Exercises
Appendices
References
Index
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