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The Cambridge encyclopedia of amateur astronomy

Author: Michael E Bakich
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Presents a description of each planet and its satellites, chronicles its historical background, and includes numerical data.
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Encyclopedias
Handbooks and manuals
Observers' manuals
Encyclopédies
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael E Bakich
ISBN: 0521812984 9780521812986 0521632803 9780521632805
OCLC Number: 50511043
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xii, 342 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
Contents: 1. Background --
1.1. The cosmic backdrop --
1.2. Positional astronomy --
1.3. Time and the calendar --
1.4. The magnitude system --
2. Equipment --
2.1. Telescopes --
2.2. Mounts and drives --
2.3. Eyepieces --
2.4. Filters --
2.5. Telescope accessories --
2.6. Binoculars --
3. How to observe --
3.1. Sketching what you observe --
3.2. Astrophotography --
3.3. Digital and video cameras --
3.4. The CCD --
3.5. Photometry --
3.6. Spectroscopy --
4. Observing tips --
5. References, further information, and other points --
5.1. Book and atlases --
5.2. Catalogs of the deep sky --
5.3. Software --
5.4. Observatories --
5.5. The social astronomer --
5.6. Light pollution --
6. What to observe: solar system --
6.1. Nightfall --
6.2. The Sun --
6.3. The aurora --
6.4. The Moon --
6.5. Eclipses and transits --
6.6. Mercury and Venus --
6.7. Mars --
6.8. Jupiter --
6.9. Saturn --
6.10. The outer planets --
6.11. Asteroids --
6.12. Comets --
6.13. Meteors and meteor showers --
7. What to observe: deep-sky objects --
7.1. Double stars --
7.2. Variable stars --
7.3. Supernovae --
7.4. Occultations --
7.5. Nebulae --
7.6. Star clusters --
7.7. Galaxies --
App. A. The constellations --
App. B. The 30 brightest stars --
App. C. The Messier marathon --
App. D. The Caldwell catalogue --
App. E. The brightest galaxies --
App. F. The planets: angular size --
App. G. The planets: brilliancy at opposition --
App. H. The planets: distance from the Sun --
App. I. The planets: orbital inclination and eccentricity --
App. J. The planets: mass --
App. K. The planets: orbital period and velocity --
App. L. The planets: rotational period and velocity --
App. M. The planets: size --
App. N. The planets: volume --
App. O. Satellite distances from the planets --
App. P. Satellite size and orbital period --
App. Q. Useful magnification ranges --
App. R. Approximate telescopic limiting magnitude.
Other Titles: Amateur astronomy
Responsibility: Michael E. Bakich.
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