Popular Astronomy

The Sky is Your Laboratory

Advanced Astronomy Projects for Amateurs

Authors: Buchheim, Robert

  • A modern, practical guide to how the backyard observer can contribute to astronomical science
  • Projects are more advanced; new sections on meteors, meteor showers, novas and supernovas, and extrasolar planets
  • Describes a wide range of research areas where amateurs are gathering new scientific data that will be utilized by professional astronomers
  • Describes the essential ways in which an amateur’s scientific contribution differs from casual backyard observing
  • Provides a concise explanation of the purpose and value of the amateur astronomers’ observations
  • Identifies the equipment that is needed, observing procedures, data reduction techniques and how and where to submit results
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About this book

For the experienced amateur astronomer who is wondering if there is something useful, valuable, and permanent that can be done with his or her observational skills, the answer is, "Yes, you can!" This is the book for the experienced amateur astronomer who is ready to take a new step in his or her astronomical journey. Unfortunately, there is no modern text that points curious amateur astronomers to the research possibilities that are open to them. At the 2006 meeting of the Society for Astronomical Sciences, quite a few participants agreed that the lack of such a text was a serious gap in the astronomical book market, and that this gap is impeding their efforts to encourage more amateur astronomers to get involved in research collaborations. This book will fill that gap, and enable more amateur astronomers to add research-type studies to their pursuit of the hobby.

Written by an astronomer who is well known amongst the amateur and professional community for the skill and quality of his work, this book describes a wide range of research areas where amateurs are gathering new scientific data that is utilized by professional astronomers. For each research area, the book provides a concise explanation of the purpose and value of the amateurs’ observations, a description of the equipment that is needed, specific observing procedures, complete data reduction instructions, and an explanation of how, and where, to submit results so that they will be available to the professional users.

About the authors

Mr. Buchheim received his first telescope when he was about 10 years old, and he has been interested in the stars ever since. He received his BS degree in Physics from Arizona State University and has completed a Program Management Course at Defense Systems Management College as well as UCLA Executive Program 88-1.  He has published a number of articles and is the inventor of the "Rotary-Acting Pilot Valve."  He currently lives and works in California.

Reviews

From the reviews:

"Amateur astronomers have a proud tradition of contributing worthwhile scientific observations, stretching right back to Victorian times. … If you have been in the hobby for a few years and now want to specialise, this book is for you. The author explains every chosen subject in reasonable depth and a lot of technical work has gone into the 297 pages. The coverage is accurate … ." (Martin Mobberley, BBC Sky at Night, November, 2007)

"Buchheim gives amateurs the essentials to do real science, not simply science projects. … The book is amply illustrated with diagrams, and the text’s tone is pleasantly conversational. … Although Buchheim set out to write this book for amateurs, it should also be of interest to students and teachers who wish to pursue real-science with equipment that may already be available on campus." (Jennifer Birriel, Sky & Telescope, December, 2007)

"Many amateur astronomers have equipment powerful enough to make significant contributions to research. … The present book outlines eighteen worthwhile projects for the amateur. … There is a clear and detailed description of the principles behind the evaluation of signal-to-noise and warnings against the many insidious errors which can creep in. … The book’s outstanding quality is the infectious enthusiasm of the writing. It is highly recommended." (Derek Jones, The Observatory, Vol. 128 (1203), 2008)


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eBook $29.99
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $39.95
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-0-387-71822-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Sky is Your Laboratory
Book Subtitle
Advanced Astronomy Projects for Amateurs
Authors
Series Title
Popular Astronomy
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Praxis
Copyright Holder
Praxis
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-73995-3
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-73995-3
Softcover ISBN
978-0-387-71822-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVI, 302
Number of Illustrations and Tables
65 b/w illustrations
Additional Information
Jointly published with Praxis Publishing
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