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The sky is your laboratory : advanced astronomy projects for amateurs

Author: Robert K Buchheim
Publisher: Berlin ; New York : Springer ; Chichester, UK : Published in association with Praxis Publishing, ©2007.
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"This book is for experienced amateur astronomers who want to apply their skills to do useful projects, and make valuable contributions to astronomical science. The book describes 18 observational project areas and gives the essential information needed to carry out research studies."--book jacket.
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Genre/Form: Observations
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert K Buchheim
ISBN: 9780387718224 0387718222
OCLC Number: 170914225
Description: xxvi, 299 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Meteor Studies. -Project A: Visual meteor counts of major meteor showers. -Project B: Characterization of minor meteor showers. -Project C: Characterizing Sporadic meteors, and discovering unrecognized showers. -Automating your Meteor Observations. -Radio Meteor Monitoring. -Additional Reading and Resources. -Occultations. -Project D: Lunar Occultation Timing. -Project E: Grazing Lunar Occultations. -Project F: Asteroid Occultation Timing. -International Occultation Timing Association. -Additional Reading and Resources. -Visual Observing. -Project G: Variable Star Observing. -AAVSO. -CCD Photometry. -General Principles of Aperture Photometry. -Selection of Comp Stars. -Software Packages for Photometry. -Absolute vs. Differential Photometry. -Project H: CCD Photometry of Variable Stars. -Project I: Determining Asteroid Lightcurves. -Signal, Noise, and Photometric Accuracy. -Project J: Extra-Solar Planet Transits. -Absolute Photometry on the B-V-R system. -Project K: Asteroid Phase Curves. -CCD Astrometry. -Basic Principles of Astrometry. -Equipment needed. -Making the Observations. -Reducing and Analyzing your Results. -Project L: Asteroid astrometry. -Project M: Binary Stars: Separation and Position Angle. -Discovery projects. -Project N: Lunar Meteor Impacts. -Project O: Asteroid Hunting and Discovery. -Project P: Comet Hunting. -Nova and Supernova Hunting. -Project Q: Nova Search. -Project R: Supernova Search. -Project S: Serendipitous discoveries. -Appendix A: Some Notes on Time. -Appendix B: Some Background on Astrometric Concepts. -Appendix C: The scientist's record book.
Responsibility: Robert K. Buchheim.
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