Undergraduate Lecture Notes in Physics

An Introduction to Observational Astrophysics

Authors: Gallaway, Mark

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  • Provides guidance to a vital component of any undergraduate astrophysics course
  • Informs novices about the elementary operation and calibration of CCD instruments used in introductory courses
  • Offers information to help students plan, execute, and analyze final projects
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About this Textbook

Observational Astrophysics follows the general outline of an astrophysics undergraduate curriculum targeting practical observing information to what will be covered at the university level. This includes the basics of optics and coordinate systems to the technical details of CCD imaging, photometry, spectography and radio astronomy.  General enough to be used by students at a variety of institutions and advanced enough to be far more useful than observing guides targeted at amateurs, the author provides a comprehensive and up-to-date treatment of observational astrophysics at undergraduate level to be used with a university’s teaching telescope.  The practical approach takes the reader from basic first year techniques to those required for a final year project. Using this textbook as a resource, students can easily become conversant in the practical aspects of astrophysics in the field as opposed to the classroom.

About the authors

Dr. Mark Gallaway holds an undergraduate honors degree in Physical Science from the Open University and a PhD in Astrophysics from the University of Hertfordshire, UK (one of the largest astrophysics research groups in the UK). He has taught observational astrophysics at the University of Hertfordshire’s Bayfordbury Observatory (the largest such observatory in the UK and one of the largest robotic observatories in Europe) for three years, continuing to do so after he became the Observatory Manager in 2011.

During his current tenure Dr. Gallaway has overseen both a large increase in student numbers and a refocusing of the observatory to one of the UK’s leading small telescope research facilities. He is currently the PI of the Bayfordbury Supernova Search program, the Bayfordbury SuperWasp CV (Cataclysmic Variable) Follow-up program and the Bayfordbury NEO (Near Earth Object) Search. Dr. Gallaway is also a lead member of the M-Dwarf transit survey.

He regularly appears on the BBC and other UK national broadcasters both as an expert. Furthermore, Dr. Gallaway has consulted on a number of general science programs in including the BBC documentary  “How Satellites Rule Our Lives” and the series “How dangerous is….?”

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Table of contents (15 chapters)

Table of contents (15 chapters)

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eBook $29.99
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Softcover $39.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-23376-5
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
An Introduction to Observational Astrophysics
Authors
Series Title
Undergraduate Lecture Notes in Physics
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-23377-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-23377-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-23376-5
Series ISSN
2192-4791
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 204
Number of Illustrations
31 b/w illustrations, 28 illustrations in colour
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