The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series

Real Astronomy with Small Telescopes

Step-by-Step Activities for Discovery

Authors: Gainer, Michael

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It’s often said that astronomy is one of the very few sciences in which amateurs can make a contribution to real science. Even modest telescopes such as a small – 3-inch (80mm) – astronomical refractor or Maksutov can provide scientifically useful data.

This is certainly true, but where to start?

Real Astronomy with Small Telescopes tells you everything you’ll need to know about how to get started on "real" astronomy using a small telescope (and ideally a digital camera), and make a real contribution to our scientific knowledge. This book is the necessary introduction to real astronomy – derived from the author’s many years of experience in teaching the subject – that can be your starting point for serious work. Here, the emphasis is on what you can do with a small telescope, rather than just on what you can see through it.

Finally, owners of big telescopes shouldn’t be put off – everything in this book applies equally (maybe more equally!) to larger instruments.

Reviews

From the reviews:

"The dozens of projects collected here are a combination of observations suitable for current research (such as classifying sun-spots or monitoring binary stars) and recreating classic experiments (such as determining the speed of light by timing Jupiter’s moons). … Besides ample nuggets for science projects, a motivated amateur will gain understanding by doing the work, and … add purpose to his or her observations." (Stuart J. Goldman, Sky & Telescope, May, 2007)

"Amateurs and students using relatively small telescopes can and do contribute useful data to many areas of astronomy. The subtitle Step-by-Step Activities for Discovery is an accurate depiction of what is provided to help novices do just that. Charts, diagrams, photographs of setups, and background information for a variety of observations are included. … Summing Up: Recommended. General reader; lower-division undergraduates; faculty." (D. H. Gifford, CHOICE, Vol. 44 (11), August, 2007)


Buy this book

eBook $19.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-84628-508-0
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  • Included format: PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $29.95
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-84628-478-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Real Astronomy with Small Telescopes
Book Subtitle
Step-by-Step Activities for Discovery
Authors
Series Title
The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Springer-Verlag London
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag London
eBook ISBN
978-1-84628-508-0
DOI
10.1007/1-84628-508-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-84628-478-6
Series ISSN
1431-9756
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 148
Number of Illustrations and Tables
90 b/w illustrations
Topics