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Author : Martin Mobberley
ISBN : 9780387462691
Genre : Science
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This book is intended for amateur astronomers who are readers of Sky & Telescope magazine or similar astronomy periodicals – or are at least at the same level of knowledge and enthusiasm. Supernovae represent the most violent stellar explosions in the universe. This is a unique guide to supernova facts, and it is also an observing/discovery guide, all in one package. Supernovae are often discovered by amateur astronomers, and the book describes the best strategies for discovering and observing them. Moreover, it contains detailed information about the probable physics of supernovae, a subject which even today is imperfectly understood.

Observing Variable Stars Novae And Supernovae

Author : Gerald North
ISBN : 9781107636125
Genre : Nature
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Instructs amateur astronomers in observing and monitoring variable stars and other objects of variable brightness.

Total Solar Eclipses And How To Observe Them

Author : Martin Mobberley
ISBN : 9780387698281
Genre : Science
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This is the ultimate, easy-to-read guide for "eclipse-chasers" which includes everything an eclipse chaser needs. There are some important eclipses coming up in the years ahead and the technology available to amateur astronomers is improving fast. The book provides "eclipse virgins" with a good feeling for what a trip abroad to an eclipse is like – including a humorous look at all the things that can and have gone wrong. Travel details are included, essential in these days of high-security. And of course the first part of the book contains a wealth of information about solar eclipses and what can be observed only during a total eclipse.

Nebulae And How To Observe Them

Author : Steven Coe
ISBN : 9781846287299
Genre : Science
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This book presents an up-to-date detailed description and categorisation of the large range of astronomical objects that fall under the general heading of nebulae, and then instructs the reader in the best ways to successfully observe and record them. Nebulae and How to Observe Them is a comprehensive mine of information for all levels of amateur observers, from the beginner to the experienced.

Galaxies And How To Observe Them

Author : Wolfgang Steinicke
ISBN : 9781846286995
Genre : Science
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This book is a unique work satisfying the need for a modern, comprehensive review of all major aspects of galaxy observation. The book combines the physical background on the nature and data of galaxies, the relevant instrumentation and viewing techniques, and finally the targets and their individual appearance in telescopes of various apertures. A comprehensive sample of galaxies, including quasars, groups and clusters of galaxies is presented. This combination of theoretical knowledge and practical information guarantees successful observing sessions. Furthermore, the book is clearly structured with outstanding images and graphics.

Observing Variable Stars

Author : David H. Levy
ISBN : 0521627559
Genre : Nature
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David Levy's entertaining, well-researched book is aimed at the amateur enthusiast who likes to learn enjoyably. Beginning with advice on binoculars and telescopes, and how to observe the night sky effectively, the author goes on to describe thoroughly the field of variable star observation, a field in which amateurs have made important contributions. He shows how to interpret variations in light output in terms of the life of a star, from birth through to sometimes violent death. All of the major variable stars are described and classified, as well as other variable objects such as active galaxies, asteroids, comets and the sun. The book also contains a guide to the seasonal night sky. Throughout, practical observations serve to complement the text, producing an exciting, very readable introduction to this fascinating subject.

A Complete Manual Of Amateur Astronomy

Author : P. Clay Sherrod
ISBN : 9780486152165
Genre : Science
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Concise, highly readable book discusses the selection, set-up, and maintenance of a telescope; amateur studies of the sun; lunar topography and occultations; and more. 124 figures. 26 halftones. 37 tables.

Field Guide To The Deep Sky Objects

Author : Michael Inglis
ISBN : 9781447136804
Genre : Science
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This star guide enables astronomers to choose a class of object, and for any month of the year find an observation list that begins with the easiest through to progressively more difficult targets. Following detailed descriptive summaries of each class of object, it includes extensive lists of deep-sky targets which are classified according to type of object. Amateur astronomers of all levels will find this book invaluable for its broad-ranging background material, its lists of fascinating objects, and for its power to improve practical observing skills while viewing many different types of deep-sky objects.

Cataclysmic Cosmic Events And How To Observe Them

Author : Martin Mobberley
ISBN : 038779946X
Genre : Science
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In the Victorian era – or for non-British readers, the mid-to-late nineteenth century – amateur astronomy tended to center on Solar System objects. The Moon and planets, as well as bright comets, were the key objects of interest. The brighter variable stars were monitored, but photography was in its infancy and digital imaging lay a century in the future. Today, at the start of the twenty-first century, amateurs are better equipped than any professionals of the mid-twentieth century, let alone the nineteenth. An amateur equipped with a 30-cm telescope and a CCD camera can easily image objects below magnitude 20 and, from very dark sites, 22 or 23. Such limits would have been within the realm of the 100- and 200-inch reflectors on Mount Wilson and Mount Palomar in the 1950s, but no other observatories. However, even those telescopes took hours to reach such limits, and then the photographic plates had to be developed, fixed, and examined by eye. In the modern era digital images can be obtained in minutes and analyzed ‘on the fly’ while more images are being downloaded. Developments can be e-mailed to other interested amateurs in real time, during an observing session, so that when a cataclysmic event takes place amateurs worldwide know about it. As recently as the 1980s, even professional astronomers could only dream of such instantaneous communication and proc- sing ability.

The Historical Supernovae

Author : David H. Clark
ISBN : 9781483279282
Genre : Science
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The Historical Supernovae is an interdisciplinary study of the historical records of supernova. This book is composed of 12 chapters that particularly highlight the history of the Far East. The opening chapter briefly describes the features of nova and supernova, stars which spontaneously explode with a spectacular and rapid increase in brightness. The succeeding chapter deals with the search for the historical records of supernova from Medieval European monastic chronicles, Arabic chronicles, astrological works etc., post renaissance European scientific writings, and Far Eastern histories and diaries. Other chapters cover the classification of the Far-Easter stars, remnants of supernova, and the so-called guest star within the Southern Gate. The discussion then shifts to historical records of the Chin Dynasty Guest stars, extremely bright stars, and the birth of the Crab Nebula. The concluding chapters are devoted to historical records of star of Tycho Brahe and Johannes Kepler. These chapters also look into the evolution of supernova remnants. This book will be of value to students of astronomy and history of science or sinology, as well as the non-specialists.

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