The Backyard Astronomer's Guide

Author: Terence Dickinson,Alan Dyer

Publisher: Firefly Books Limited

ISBN: 9781554073443

Category: Nature

Page: 368

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Discusses the practical aspects of stargazing, including how to choose appropriate equipment, contending with light pollution, taking successful photographs of galaxies and nebulas, and selecting an observing site.

The Backyard Astronomer

A Guide to Stargazing

Author: Dennis Mammana

Publisher: Metro Books

ISBN: 9781567993431

Category: Science

Page: 80

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Describes the moon, planets, and stars, explains eclipses, comets, and other phenomena, and provides advice on observing the skies

Astronomy for Older Eyes

A Guide for Aging Backyard Astronomers

Author: James L. Chen

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319524135

Category: Science

Page: 236

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This book is for the aging amateur astronomy population, including newcomers to astronomy in their retirement and hobbyists who loved peering through a telescope as a child. Whether a novice or an experienced observer, the practice of astronomy differs over the years. This guide will extend the enjoyment of astronomy well into the Golden Years by addressing topics such as eye and overall health issues, recommendations on telescope equipment, and astronomy-related social activities especially suited for seniors. Many Baby-Boomers reaching retirement age are seeking new activities, and amateur astronomy is a perfect fit as a leisure time activity. Established backyard astronomers who began their love of astronomy in their youth, meanwhile, may face many physical and mental challenges in continuing their lifelong hobby as they age beyond their 55th birthdays. That perfect telescope purchased when they were thirty years old now suddenly at sixty years old feels like an immovable object in the living room. The 20/20 eyesight has given way to reading glasses or bifocals. Treasured eyepieces feel all wrong. Growing old is a natural process of life, but astronomy is timeless. With a little knowledge and some lifestyle adjustments, older astronomers can still enjoy backyard observing well into their seventies, eighties and even into their nineties.

A Guide to Hubble Space Telescope Objects

Their Selection, Location, and Significance

Author: James L. Chen,Adam Chen

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319188720

Category: Science

Page: 244

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From the authors of "How to Find the Apollo Landing Sites," this is a guide to connecting the view above with the history of recent scientific discoveries from the Hubble Space Telescope. Each selected HST photo is shown with a sky map and a photograph or drawing to illustrate where to find it and how it should appear from a backyard telescope. Here is the casual observer's chance to locate the deep space objects visually, and appreciate the historic Hubble photos in comparison to what is visible from a backyard telescope. HST objects of all types are addressed, from Messier objects, Caldwell objects, and NGC objects, and are arranged in terms of what can be seen during the seasons. Additionally, the reader is given an historical perspective on the work of Edwin Hubble, while locating and viewing the deep space objects that changed astronomy forever. Countless people have seen the amazing photographs taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. But how many people can actually point out where in the sky those objects are? Why were these objects chosen to be studied? What discoveries were made from the Hubble Space Telescope photographs? This book is for anyone who wants answers to these questions.

Asteroids and Dwarf Planets and How to Observe Them

Author: Roger Dymock

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9781441964397

Category: Science

Page: 248

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Dwarf planets (which were formerly called asteroids except for the planet Pluto), and the smaller Solar System bodies still called asteroids today, are making front page news, particularly those that are newly discovered and those that might present a hazard to life on Earth by impacting our planet. In this age of giant telescopes and space probes, these small Solar System bodies have advanced from being tiny points of light to bodies worthy of widespread study. This book describes the dwarf planets and asteroids themselves, their origins, orbits, and composition, and at how amateur astronomers can play a part in their detection, tracking, and imaging. The book is divided into two parts. Part I describes physical properties (including taxonomic types) of dwarf planets and asteroids, how they formed in the early life of the Solar System, and how they evolved to their present positions, groups, and families. It also covers the properties used to define these small Solar System bodies: magnitude, rotation rates (described by their light-curves), and orbital characteristics. Part II opens with a description of the hardware and software an amateur or practical astronomer needs to observe and also to image asteroids. Then numerous observing techniques are covered in depth. Finally, there are lists of relevant amateur and professional organizations and how to submit your own observations to them.

Visual Astronomy in the Suburbs

A Guide to Spectacular Viewing

Author: Antony Cooke

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1852338474

Category: Science

Page: 265

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The only practical guide to observing truly spectacular astronomical objects from less than perfect locations. The only book to deal in depth with the application of image intensifiers to real-time astronomy. Gives advice on viewing objects, and on making realistic images by drawing or video. Includes extensive catalogs of spectacular objects that can be seen from suburban sites in both hemispheres.

Sternegucken für Dummies

Author: Steve Owens

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 352768526X

Category: Science

Page: 327

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"Sternegucken für Dummies" ist ein praktisches Einsteigerbuch, das vor allem die grundlegenden Fragen aller Anfänger "Wie finde ich das richtige Teleskop?", "Wie benutze ich ein Teleskop?", "Wie orientiere ich mich am Himmel?" leicht verständlich erklärt, bevor es alle 88 Sternbilder inklusive Illustrationen beschreibt. Nachdem Sie die richtige Ausrüstung gefunden und gelernt haben, sich am Himmel zu orientieren, führt Sie der Astronom Steve Owens durchs ganze Jahr und erklärt Ihnen, wann Sie welche Sterne beobachten können.

Through the Telescope: A Guide for the Amateur Astronomer, Revised Edition

Author: Patricia Barnes-Svarney,Michael Porcellino

Publisher: McGraw-Hill

ISBN: N.A

Category: Science

Page: 309

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In the ten years since this award-winning book was originally written by Michael Porcellino, the field of astronomy and its discoveries has grown by leaps and bounds. From the astounding images sent back by the Hubble Space Telescope, to the bright comet Hale-Bopp from the fleet of Martian probes, to the long-distance explorations of the Moon, Jupiter, Venus and Saturn--the universe has become more accessible than ever. And thanks to this revised and thoroughly updated new edition by astronomer and science writer, Patricia Barnes-Svarney, anyone with an interest can delve into its wonders. From the very close up to the far reaches of space, THROUGH THE TELESCOPE presents a uniquely "user-friendly" view of the universe, and offers both novice and advanced amateur astronomers some of the best tools available to watch the nighttime skies. You’ll learn all about: * Setting up a good, user-friendly telescope system * How to look at the universe in order to really see it * Upgrading your telescope for peak performance * How to spot a star cluster, a nebulaÖeven a supernova * Forming your own network of amateur astronomers. Complete with a web site appendix and fully updated charts on eclipses and planetary oppositions well into the year 2000, this edition of an acclaimed book will be an invaluable users guide for aspiring astronomers entering the new millennium.

A Field Guide to the Stars and Planets

Author: Jay M. Pasachoff

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780395537596

Category: Astronomy

Page: 502

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Filled with the latest images from NASA, this collection of star maps, charts, tables, and diagrams tells what is visible in the sky anywhere, anytime, and when and where to see unusual astrological phenomena.

Astronomy with a Home Computer

Author: Neale Monks

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9781852338053

Category: Science

Page: 202

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Here is a one-volume guide to just about everything computer-related for amateur astronomers! Today’s amateur astronomy is inextricably linked to personal computers. Computer-controlled "go-to" telescopes are inexpensive. CCD and webcam imaging make intensive use of the technology for capturing and processing images. Planetarium software provides information and an easy interface for telescopes. The Internet offers links to other astronomers, information, and software. The list goes on and on. Find out here how to choose the best planetarium program: are commercial versions really better than freeware? Learn how to optimise a go-to telescope, or connect it to a lap-top. Discover how to choose the best webcam and use it with your telescope. Create a mosaic of the Moon, or high-resolution images of the planets... Astronomy with a Home Computer is designed for every amateur astronomer who owns a home computer, whether it is running Microsoft Windows, Mac O/S or Linux. It doesn’t matter what kind of telescope you own either - a small refractor is just as useful as a big "go-to" SCT for most of the projects in this book.

Knack Night Sky

Decoding the Solar System, from Constellations to Black Holes

Author: Nicholas Nigro

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0762766042

Category: Science

Page: 256

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Knack Night Sky is an ode to the solar system in its awe-inspiring complexity. This book shows you ways to find stars, constellations, and other celestial objects, photos, comets, and meteor showers from the past and comets and meteor showers to come.

NightWatch

A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe

Author: Terence Dickinson

Publisher: Firefly Books

ISBN: 1552093026

Category: Nature

Page: 176

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Offers advice on observing the stars and constellations, discusses useful equipment, and includes information on the moon, comets, eclipses, and planets

Star Ware

The Amateur Astronomer's Guide to Choosing, Buying, and Using Telescopes and Accessories

Author: Philip S. Harrington

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0471270512

Category: Science

Page: 432

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Astronomie für Dummies

Author: Stephen P. Maran

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 3527687459

Category: Science

Page: 344

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Finden auch Sie die Weiten des Kosmos faszinierend und fragen sich, wie Wissenschaftler so viel über Objekte in unerreichbarer Ferne wissen können? "Astronomie für Dummies" bringt Ihnen die Weiten des Universums näher: Erkunden Sie unser Sonnensystem, ferne Galaxien und die Milchstraße. Lesen Sie wie in einem Krimi von schwarzen Löchern, dem Asteroidengürtel und der Entstehung des Universums. Außerdem gibt Stephen Maran viele Tipps zur richtigen Ausrüstung eines Astronomen. So können Sie schon bald selbst nach den Sternen greifen.

Night Sky

A Falcon Field Guide

Author: Nicholas Nigro

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0762776366

Category: Nature

Page: 104

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This is the ultimate illustrated guide to the most spectacular objects in the night sky.