Real Astronomy with Small Telescopes
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Real Astronomy with Small Telescopes

Step-by-Step Activities for Discovery
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ISBN-13:
9781846284786
Einband:
Taschenbuch
Erscheinungsdatum:
01.12.2006
Seiten:
148
Autor:
Michael K. Gainer
Gewicht:
290 g
Format:
234x154x12 mm
Serie:
The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

This book demonstrates the use of an 80mm refractor and shows how it can be used as a real scientific instrument. Users will find many activities and projects suitable for an 80mm refractor or 90mm reflector or Maksutov that have not been published elsewhere.
This book demonstrates the use of an 80mm refractor and shows how it can be used as a real scientific instrument. Following step-by-step instructions users will find many activities and projects suitable for an 80mm refractor or 90mm reflector or Maksutov that have not been published elsewhere. Emphasis is on measurement and discovery activities rather than on casual observing. There are two objectives to these activities: to re-enact the process of discovery and to provide amateur observers with the knowledge and skill that will help them make genuine contributions to the field of astronomy. It is often said that users of small telescopes can conduct worthwhile scientific work, but 'how' is seldom explained except in the context of observations carried out by the most advanced amateur astronomers. This book provides the necessary introduction - derived from the author's many years of experience in teaching the subject - that will be the starting point for serious work.
IntroductionOptical properties and performance expectations for small telescopes
Commercially Available Telescopes
Telescope mounts
Essential accessories
Essential references
Observations of Lunar topography
How to measure the dimensions of Lunar surface features
Lunar photography with a digital camera
Lunar occultations
Observations of the Sun
Determining sunspot number and type
Contributing to the international database for solar activity
Observations of planets
Observing the relationships between apparent diameter, phase and position of Venus.
Measuring the diameter of Jupiter.
Using occultations of Jupiter's satellites to measure the velocity of light.
Binary stars
Variable stars: method of observation
Variable stars: contributing to the international data base
Star clusters, nebulae and galaxies: learning to be a critical observer by sketching what you see.
Appendices
This book demonstrates the use of an 80mm refractor and shows how it can be used as a real scientific instrument. The author is an experienced small telescope user and an astronomy educator, and he provides step-by-step instructions for numerous scientific activities. Users will find many activities and projects suitable for an 80mm refractor or 90mm reflector or Maksutov that have not been published elsewhere. Emphasis is on measurement and discovery activities rather than on casual observing. This book will provide amateur observers with the knowledge and skill that will help them make genuine contributions to the field of astronomy.