Astronomers' Observing Guides

Faint Objects and How to Observe Them

Authors: Cudnik, Brian

  • Provides a unique and up-to-date collection of facts about the physical nature of distant faint objects
  • Greatly enhances appreciation of the visual appearance of a faint object in the eyepiece
  • Has the potential to renew the interest of those who have observed well known deep sky objects and want a greater challenge
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About this book

Faint Objects and How to Observe Them is for visual observers who are equipped with a 10-inch or larger astronomical telescope and who want to "go deep" with their observing. It provides a guide to some of the most distant, dim, and rarely observed objects in the sky, supported by background information on surveys and objects lists - some familiar, such as Caldwell, and some not so familiar. This book not only provides a wealth of experience compiled from several sources, but it also gives an historical background to surveys whose names may or may not be familiar to most amateur astronomers. Finally, it includes a listing of the many galaxy clusters out there, from "nearby" ones such as Stefan's Quintet to some of the most distant groups observable through the largest telescopes.

About the authors

Brian Cudnik has been an amateur astronomer for over 30 years and manages the Physics laboratories at Prairie View A& M University (a part of the A&M University of Texas). He has been the coordinator of the Lunar Meteoritic Impact Search section of the Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers (ALPO) since January 2000. Cudnik began at ALPO two months after it made the first confirmed visual observation of a meteoroid impact on the Moon during the Leonid storm of November 1999. Cudnik has an MSc and has published papers and posters on various astronomical subjects, both peer-reviewed and amateur. He has served as a board member of the Houston Astronomical Society, is presently an Associate member of the American Astrononmical Society, a member of the American Association of Variable Star and a regular contributor of observations to the International Occultation Timing Association. He teaches astronomy at the University of St. Thomas two evenings per week each semester.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • The Astronomical Surveys

    Cudnik, Brian

    Pages 3-18

  • The Astronomers Behind the Historical Surveys

    Cudnik, Brian

    Pages 19-40

  • The Nature of Star Clusters and Nebulae

    Cudnik, Brian

    Pages 41-70

  • The Nature of Galaxies and Galaxy Clusters

    Cudnik, Brian

    Pages 71-91

  • The Nature of Quasars and Other Exotics

    Cudnik, Brian

    Pages 93-100

Buy this book

eBook $24.99
price for USA (gross)
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  • ISBN 978-1-4419-6757-2
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  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $34.95
price for USA
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  • ISBN 978-1-4419-6756-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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  • Rental duration: 1 or 6 month
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Faint Objects and How to Observe Them
Authors
Series Title
Astronomers' Observing Guides
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4419-6757-2
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4419-6757-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-6756-5
Series ISSN
1611-7360
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 241
Number of Illustrations and Tables
27 b/w illustrations, 51 illustrations in colour
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