The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series

Getting Started in Radio Astronomy

Beginner Projects for the Amateur

Authors: Arnold, Steven

  • Comprised of projects based on NASA programs and those carried out by the Stanford Solar Center
  • Includes an overall introduction to radio astronomy
  • Contains four easy-to-build radio astronomy projects for readers who have no prior experience in radio astronomy and electronics
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About this book

Radio astronomy is a mystery to the majority of amateur astronomers, yet it is the best subject to turn to when desirous of an expanded knowledge of the sky. This guide intends to instruct complete newcomers to radio astronomy, and provides help for the first steps on the road towards the study of this fascinating subject. 

In addition to a history of the science behind the pursuit, directions are included for four easy-to-build projects, based around long-term NASA and Stanford Solar Center projects. The first three projects constitute self-contained units available as kits, so there is no need to hunt around for parts. The fourth – more advanced – project encourages readers to do their own research and track down items.

Getting Started in Radio Astronomy provides an overall introduction to listening in on the radio spectrum. With details of equipment that really works, a list of suppliers, lists of online help forums, and written by someone who has actually built and operated the tools described, this book contains everything the newcomer to radio astronomy needs to get going.

About the authors

Steve Arnold is a certified mechanical engineer and long-time amateur radio astronomer. He is a member of the Society for Popular Astronomy and has recently contributed radio astronomy articles about the NASA Radio Jove receiver kit and also wrote about the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA). He wrote and recorded a podcast about the NASA Radio Jove project, which can be heard on www.365daysofastronomy.org. Steve is a member of a number of astronomical groups and organizations. He has his own small permanent observatory and specializes in solar system deep-sky imaging, spectroscopy, and radio astronomy.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • The History of Radio Astronomy

    Arnold, Steven

    Pages 1-32

  • The Basic Physics of Electricity and Magnetism

    Arnold, Steven

    Pages 33-48

  • Atmosphere, Magnetic Fields and Magnetospheres

    Arnold, Steven

    Pages 49-60

  • Electrical Components

    Arnold, Steven

    Pages 61-79

  • The Stanford Solar Center, SuperSID Monitor

    Arnold, Steven

    Pages 81-107

Buy this book

eBook $24.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-4614-8157-7
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  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $34.99
price for USA
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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  • Rental duration: 1 or 6 month
  • low-cost access
  • online reader with highlighting and note-making option
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Getting Started in Radio Astronomy
Book Subtitle
Beginner Projects for the Amateur
Authors
Series Title
The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-8157-7
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-8157-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4614-8156-0
Series ISSN
1431-9756
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 208
Number of Illustrations and Tables
14 b/w illustrations, 46 illustrations in colour
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