The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series

Dark Nebulae, Dark Lanes, and Dust Belts

Authors: Cooke, Antony

  • Serves as the only resource for amateur observers who specifically set out to observe dark features in the deep sky
  • Offers detailed descriptions of how to study dark objects, including recommendations for choosing commercial equipment
  • Shows how practical observations of dark features can be made from suburban (light-polluted) locations
  • Contains numerous helpful individual object descriptions and illustrations
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About this book

There are 'voids' obscuring all kinds of objects in the cosmos. Voids may be within an object, or between an object and us. Dark Nebulae, Dark Lanes, and Dust Lanes looks out into the deep sky at those apparent dark regions in space, which are among the most compelling telescopic destinations for amateur observers. One famous example is Barnard's dark nebulae - those striking dark clouds set against the background of stars in the Milky Way. But there are countless other less well known examples. These dark regions are often ignored altogether or commented upon only briefly in astronomy books, and it is all too easy to overlook the treasure trove they offer the observer.

Dark Nebulae, Dark Lanes, and Dust Lanes is a great source of practical information for observers. Such voids may be successfully observed using conventional observing methods, but they are often far better seen with technologies such as light-pollution filters, CCD video cameras, and image intensifiers.  This book explains the optimal ways to observe each object in detail.

About the authors

Antony Cooke's passion for both astronomy and music was clear from an early age, although it was music that ultimately claimed his career. As solo cellist he has played and recorded worldwide. He was also a professor of music at Northwestern University in Chicago. Presently, he is a prominent Hollywood studio musician, as well as a composer for prime time television. However, it has often been said that science and music go hand in hang. With applied and theoretical astronomy never being far behind, he has pursued it as a serious avocation.

As an observer always looking for ways to improve his experience at the eyepiece, Cooke has constructed many telescopes over the years. Increasing apertures were always the hallmark of his often-quirky designs. Finding that the 18-inch aperture of his present telescope was still insufficient to deliver the kind of performance he had in mind, he experimented with newer technologies to bring these elusive goals ever closer. Successful viewing of dark objects requires great contrast. In this respect, some of the newer equipment has proven to be invaluable, enabling dramatic viewing of many dark objects and features in real time and without the need of CCD imaging.

As an author of astronomy books, Cooke also has written Visual Astronomy in the Suburbs (Springer, 2003), Visual Astronomy under Dark Skies (Springer, 2005), and Make Time for the Stars (Springer, 2009). With Dark Nebulae, Dark Lanes and Dust Belts, his astronomical writings continue.

Reviews

From the reviews:

“In Dark Nebulae, Dark Lanes, and Dust Belts, Cooke describes a neglected area in the deep-sky observers’ canon, the dark nebulae, and in addition he includes almost anything that may be perceived as dark in relation to deep-sky objects. … The most likely beneficiaries of this book may well be the keen and more-advanced visual deep-sky observer who loves to chase features such as dark ‘lanes’ in globular star clusters and the dusty areas of spiral galaxies … .” (Nick Hewitt, The Observatory, Vol. 132 (1231), December, 2012)

“It is clear that Cooke … has a passion for visually observing many dark areas of the universe. He clearly articulates this passion in his book and provides a wealth of observing challenges for observers with large amateur instruments. … this reviewer, considers the scope of the book unique, so it would not have any competition in the campus library. Most of the black-and-white figures support the text. … Overall, a useful resource. Summing Up: Recommended. General audiences and lower-and upper-division undergraduates.” (J. R. Kraus, Choice, Vol. 50 (1), September, 2012)


Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • The Place of Unlit Gases and Dust in the Universe

    Cooke, Antony

    Pages 1-22

  • Defining Our Viewing Parameters and Methods

    Cooke, Antony

    Pages 23-44

  • Dark Nebulae

    Cooke, Antony

    Pages 45-74

  • Dark and Dusty Regions in Bright Diffuse Nebulae

    Cooke, Antony

    Pages 75-106

  • Dark Lanes in Star Clusters

    Cooke, Antony

    Pages 107-152

Buy this book

eBook $39.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-4614-1186-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $49.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4614-1185-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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  • low-cost access
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Dark Nebulae, Dark Lanes, and Dust Belts
Authors
Series Title
The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-1186-4
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-1186-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4614-1185-7
Series ISSN
1431-9756
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 243
Number of Illustrations and Tables
75 b/w illustrations
Topics