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Astronomy - Astronomy, Observations and Techniques | Telescopes and Techniques

Telescopes and Techniques

Kitchin, C. R.

3rd ed. 2013, XIX, 255 p. 133 illus., 13 illus. in color.

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  • Equipped with the techniques discussed in the book, observers will be able to operate their telescope with confidence, and optimize its performance for any particular purpose
  • Includes  new  instruments and telescope exercises for readers, along with up-to-date examples of today’s small telescopes and their mountings
  • Provides the knowledge and background required to understand how and why telescopes work

Telescopes and Techniques has proved itself in its first two editions, having become probably one of the most widely used astronomy texts, both for amateur astronomers and astronomy and astrophysics undergraduates. Both earlier editions of the book were widely used for introductory practical astronomy courses in many universities.

In this Third Edition the author guides the reader through the mathematics, physics and practical techniques needed to use today's telescopes (from the smaller models to the larger instruments installed in many colleges) and how to find objects in the sky. Most of the physics and engineering involved is described fully and requires little prior knowledge or experience.

Both visual and electronic imaging techniques are covered, together with an introduction to how data (measurements) should be processed and analyzed. A simple introduction to radio telescopes is also included. Brief coverage of the more advanced topics of photometry and spectroscopy are included, but mainly to enable the reader to see some of the developments possible from the basic observing techniques covered in the rest of the book.

For anyone intending to enter astronomy as a professional, an understanding of the physics is essential - and this newest version of Telescopes and Techniques is one of the best starting points!

Content Level » Lower undergraduate

Keywords » Astronomical observation - Basic observing techniques - Photographic photometry - Planetary positions - Telescope design - Telescope exercises - Telescope optics - Telescope techniques - Types of telescopes - Virtual observatories

Related subjects » Astronomy, Observations and Techniques - Optics & Lasers

Table of contents 

Preface to the First Edition.- Preface to the Second Edition.- Preface to the Third Edition.- Part I: Telescopes.- Chapter 1: Types of Telescopes.- Chapter 2: Telescope Optics.- Chapter 3: Modern Small Telescope Design.- Part II: Positions and Motions.- Chapter 4: Positions in the Sky.- Chapter 5: Movements of Objects in the Sky.- Chapter 6: Telescope Mountings.- Part III: Observing.- Chapter 7: Electromagnetic Radiation.- Chapter 8: Visual Observing.- Chapter 9: Detectors and Imaging.- Chapter 10: Data Processing.- Chapter 11: Photometry.- Chapter 12: Spectroscopy.- Appendix A: For Further Reading.- Appendix B: Constellations.- Appendix C: Answers to Exercises.- Appendix D: SI and Other Units.- Appendix E: The Greek Alphabet.- Index.

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