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Astronomers' Observing Guides

Total Solar Eclipses and How to Observe Them

Authors: Mobberley, Martin

  • Describes the astronomy, science and physics of total solar eclipses, and the phenomena that can be observed only during a total eclipse
  • Enables members of the growing community of eclipse chasers to ensure that they have with them all the right equipment to observe or image a total solar eclipse
  • Describes what to expect during a total solar eclipse, in different conditions and in different locations
  • Describes previous eclipse expeditions, including a look at the less serious side: eclipse expedition disasters
  • Provides a checklist of where to go to see total solar eclipses for the next 15 years
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About this book

Every total solar eclipse sees cruise ships or coach convoys, and frequently both, conveying to thousands of observers the narrow umbral track, where they can witness this rare and beautiful astronomical event, weather permitting.

But for each total solar eclipse you get just a few minutes (or seconds) to make the most of the spectacle, savor it visually, and record the event.

You have to get it right first time, which is where Total Solar Eclipses and How to Observe Them comes in. Here is all the information an eclipse chaser needs to ensure a trouble-free expedition. Martin Mobberley explains how to avoid equipment and set-up errors thousands of miles from home, advises on the right equipment to buy for observing and digital SLR imaging, and explains the crucial points to address when traveling abroad with astronomical equipment.

The first part of the book contains a wealth of information about total solar eclipses themselves: how and why they happen, related physics of the Sun, the alignment geometries, and, of course, the astronomical features that can only be witnessed when our Moon precisely covers the solar disk.

About the authors

Martin Mobberley has a BSc Honours degree in Electronic Engineering from Brunel University, and is a former British Astronomical Association President and Goodacre Medallist.

He is also the author of Astronomical Equipment for Amateurs (1998) and The New Amateur Astronomer (2004); Lunar & Planetary Webcam User’s Guide (NYP); Supernovae and How to Observe them (NYP),. He has contributed chapters to three other Springer Practical Astronomy Series Books. He wrote the children’s book Space Navigator, and has published many papers in Astronomy Now, The Journal of the British Astronomical Association, The Astronomer, and Sky & Telescope.

Reviews

From the reviews:

"This isn’t just another book on the subject of solar eclipses – there is more here than you might find elsewhere. … The author, a skilled astro-photographer himself, later covers the photographic section of the book very well and there are tips on how to successfully record eclipse images. … I can happily recommend this book and will be surprised if it is not amongst the luggage and reading materials of eclipse chasers for several years to come." (Brian Halls, Astronomy Now, December, 2007)

"If you’re planning to join the increasing number of people who regularly travel the world to witness the beauty of a total solar eclipse, then this book is for you. … Black-and-white and colour pictures punctuate the text throughout and the colour images of the solar corona by Miloslav Druckmüller are excellent. … Overall it is very informative and highly readable." (Geoff Elston, BBC Sky at Night, January, 2008)

"The greatest natural occurrence you can witness – bar none – is a total solar eclipse. If one of these spectacular events is in your future, you owe it to yourself to pick up Martin Mobberley’s new book … . Mobberley has packed this book with specific information on this topic. … has filled 200 pages with information about total solar eclipses, while many books devote only one chapter to all eclipses. The 115 photographs and diagrams make this a must-have book." (Michael Bakich, Astronomy, April, 2008)

"Total solar eclipses are rare events that often occur in awkward locations on Earth. … Mobberley provides a well-written description of the ‘whys’ of eclipses as well as practical hints for how to prepare to observe them. … The line drawings and photographs are excellent, and the glossy paper shows them to best advantage. Mobberley draws on extensive experience to provide humorous vignettes of eclipse-travel adventures. … Summing Up: Recommended. General readers." (M. K. Hemenway, CHOICE, Vol. 45 (7), 2008)

"The arrival of this book was well-timed and relevant. … This book is one of Springer’s Astronomy Observing Guides which, in my experience, have proved to be useful additions to my astronomical library. … All in all, the book is a useful addition to the eclipse chaser’s library and will be a good reference for those who are considering their first eclipse trip. The book is well illustrated, gives good practical advice, and … is very good value for money." (Steve Bell, The Observatory, Vol. 128 (1205), August, 2008)

"This is one of the first books to concentrate on digital photography for capturing the fine details of the eclipsed Sun. … I thoroughly enjoyed Mobberley’s non-technical approach and his personal perspectives. His explanations of eclipse phenomena are clear and a joy to read. Total Solar Eclipses should be on every eclipse chaser’s bookshelf." (Robert Garfinkle, Sky & Telescope, November, 2008)


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eBook 19,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-0-387-69828-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover 25,95 €
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  • ISBN 978-0-387-69827-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Total Solar Eclipses and How to Observe Them
Authors
Series Title
Astronomers' Observing Guides
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-69828-1
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-69828-1
Softcover ISBN
978-0-387-69827-4
Series ISSN
1611-7360
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 202
Number of Illustrations and Tables
77 b/w illustrations, 38 illustrations in colour
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