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Through the telescope : a guide for the amateur astronomer

Author: Patricia L Barnes-Svarney; Michael R Porcellino
Publisher: New York : McGraw Hill, ©2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Rev. and updatedView all editions and formats
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An award-winning guide for the amateur astronomer--now completely revised and updated for the millennium.

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Genre/Form: Handbooks and manuals
Observers' manuals
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Barnes-Svarney, Patricia L.
Through the telescope.
New York : McGraw Hill, ©2000
(OCoLC)653421888
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Patricia L Barnes-Svarney; Michael R Porcellino
ISBN: 0071348042 9780071348041
OCLC Number: 42682658
Description: x, 309 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1 Amateur in Astronomy 1 --
Amateur Tradition in Astronomy 1 --
Why Amateur Astronomy? 3 --
Contributions from the Amateur 4 --
One Amateur's Experience 5 --
Another Experience 6 --
2 Eye and Astronomy 9 --
How the Eye Works 9 --
Dark Adaptation 12 --
Limits of Vision 13 --
Light Pollution 14 --
Naked-Eye Astronomy 19 --
3 Binocular Astronomy 21 --
Binocular Facts 21 --
Selecting and Testing Binoculars 25 --
Observing with Binoculars 26 --
4 Tools of the Astronomer 31 --
Functions of a Telescope: Light Grasp 32 --
Limiting Magnitudes 33 --
Image Brightness 33 --
Functions of a Telescope: Resolution 34 --
Resolving Power of a Telescope 35 --
Functions of a Telescope: Magnification 37 --
Optical Imperfections 38 --
Telescope Types: the Retractor 40 --
Telescope Types: the Reflector 42 --
Telescope Types: the Catadioptric 44 --
Other Factors in Selecting a Telescope 45 --
Taking Your Scope for a Test Drive 48 --
Aligning the Optics 49 --
Star Testing the Telescope 53 --
5 Eyepieces and Mountings 55 --
Eyepieces 55 --
Eyepiece Aberrations 57 --
Eyepiece Barrels 57 --
Types of Eyepieces 58 --
Selecting an Eyepiece 61 --
Telescope Mounts 63 --
Altazimuth Mounts 64 --
Equatorial Mounts 65 --
Aligning an Equatorial 65 --
6 Finding Your Way Around the Sky 67 --
Coordinates on the Sky 67 --
Right Ascension and Declination 67 --
Horizon Coordinates 69 --
Time 79 --
Road Maps to the Stars 72 --
Finding Your Target 74 --
Telescopic Images 78 --
7 Your First Night Out 83 --
Atmosphere 83 --
Transparency 84 --
Seeing 85 --
Measuring Seeing and Transparency 86 --
Other Atmospheric Tricks 87 --
Art of Seeing 88 --
Protecting Your Vision--and Yourself 91 --
Getting Technical 92 --
Tuning In 94 --
Great Expectations 95 --
8 Observing the Moon 99 --
Double Planetary System 100 --
Lunar Geography 101 --
Take the Terminator Tour 105 --
Moon and the Serious Observer 118 --
Map and Filters 118 --
Studying Lunar Domes 119 --
Making a Detailed Study 120 --
Studying Occultations 122 --
9 Observing the Planets 125 --
Amateur's Solar System 126 --
Considerations for the Planetary Observer 129 --
Observing Venus 132 --
Observing Mars 137 --
A Tale of Two Orbits 137 --
Telescopes and Mars 139 --
A Martian Geography Lesson 140 --
Martian Polar Caps 143 --
Martian Weather 146 --
Martian Surface Features 147 --
Drawing Mars 149 --
Observing Jupiter 153 --
Transits of the Central Meridian 154 --
Jovian Features 158 --
Drawing Jupiter 160 --
Satellites of Jupiter 161 --
Observing Saturn 164 --
Rings of Saturn 165 --
Satellites of Saturn 167 --
Sighting Asides 167 --
10 Observing Comets, Asteroids, and Meteors 169 --
Comets 169 --
Cometary Geography 170 --
Role of the Amateur 174 --
When and Where to Look 175 --
Reporting Your Find 177 --
Tracking a Comet 180 --
Asteroids 182 --
History of Minor Planets 182 --
Amateur Asteroid Hunter 184 --
Meteors 185 --
11 Observing Double Stars 189 --
Language of Double Stars 191 --
Observing Double Stars 192 --
Double Star Colors 197 --
Making Measurements of Double Stars 198 --
Double Stars for the Telescope 201 --
12 Observing Variable Stars 203 --
Types of Variable Stars 203 --
Finding Variable Stars 207 --
Making Magnitude Estimates 212 --
Keeping Records 215 --
Telescopes for Variable Star Observing 220 --
13 Observing Deep-Sky Objects 223 --
Telescopes, Image Brightness, and the Deep Sky 223 --
Aids for the Deep-Sky Observer 225 --
Letters, Numbers, and Lists 228 --
Star Clusters 229 --
Star Clusters for the Telescope 232 --
Nebulae 235 --
Nebulae for the Telescope 236 --
Galaxies 238 --
Galaxies for the Telescope 239 --
Galaxies, Supernovae, and the Amateur 241 --
Drawing the Deep Sky 242 --
14 Observing the Sun 245 --
Telescopes, Filters, and the Sun 245 --
Solar Landscape 249 --
Contributions from the Amateur 252 --
Solar Eclipses 255 --
15 Amateur Experience 259 --
Stars and the Solitary Observer 260 --
Your Local Astronomy Club 261 --
Sharing the Experience 261 --
Why We Try 262 --
C Selected Groups for the Amateur Astronomer 272 --
F Deep-Sky Objects for the Telescope 283 --
G Double Stars for the Telescope 285 --
H Variable Stars for the Telescope 289 --
I Constellations Visible from 40[degree] North 291.
Responsibility: Patricia L. Barnes-Svarney, Michael R. Porcellino.
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