Real Astronomy with Small Telescopes, 1st Edition

  • Michael K. Gainer
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  • ISBN-10: 1846285089
  • ISBN-13: 9781846285080
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 148 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2007 | Published/Released April 2010
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2007

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Overview

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.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Titles in This Series.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Dedication.
Other Frontmatter.
Preface.
Acknowledgement.
Contents.
Computer Hardware and Software.
1: The Celestial Sphere.
2: The Measurement of Time.
3: Solar Time.
4: Sidereal Time.
5: Dating Observations.
6: The Equatorial Telescope Mount.
7: Mount Stability.
8: The Polar Axis Drive.
9: Setting Circles.
10: Aligning an Equatorial Mount.
11: Using Setting Circles.
12: A Tabletop GEM.
13: Go-to Mounts.
14: Telescope Considerations.
15: Limitations Imposed by Aperture.
16: Limitations Imposed by the Environment.
17: Limitations Unique to Refractors.
18: Short Focus Achromatic Refractors.
19: Limitations Unique to Maksutov Telescopes.
20: Newtonian Reflectors.
21: Eyepieces.
22: Focusing.
23: The Finder.
24: Recommended Accessories.
25: Which Small Telescope Should You Buy?.
26: Astronomical Photography.
27: Digital Photography.
28: Choice of Camera.
29: Mounting the Camera.
30: The Afocal Field of View.
31: Telephoto Conversion Lenses.
32: Processing the Print.
33: Film Photography.
34: Printing the Image.
35: The Sun.
36: Visual Observations of the Sun.
37: Classification of Sunspots.
38: Sunspot Number.
39: Visual Observations.
40: Digital Photography of the Sun.
41: Processing the Photographs.
42: The Stonyhurst Disk.
43: Measuring the Sun's Rotation.
44: Film Photography of the Sun.
45: The Moon.
46: Visual Observations.
47: Digital Camera Photographs of the Moon.
48: Analyzing the Photographs.
49: Selenography.
50: Measurements on the Computer Monitor.
51: Measuring Lunar Libration.
52: Film Photography of the Moon.
53: Lunar Occultations.
54: The Planets.
55: Sketching the Planets.
56: Filters.
57: Digital Photography of the Planets.
58: Plotting the Orbital Position of a Planet.
59: Ecliptic Coordinates.
60: The Phases of Venus.
61: Mars.
62: The Retrograde Motion of Mars.
63: Taking the Photographs.
64: Plotting the Results.
65: Visual Observations of Jupiter.
66: Digital Camera Observations of Jupiter.
67: Jupiter's Moons.
68: Roemer's Method for Measuring the Speed of Light.
69: Observations for Roemer's Method.
70: Saturn.
71: Comets and Asteroids.
72: Comets.
73: Asteroids.
74: Visual Binary Stars.
75: Digital Photography of Binary Stars.
76: Printing the Images.
77: Measuring the Separation of the Components.
78: Measuring Position Angle.
79: Film Photography.
80: A Binary Star True Orbit Projector.
81: Visual Observations of Variable Stars.
82: The Telescope.
83: Preparation for Observation.
84: Making the Observation.
85: Photography of Variable Stars.
86: Processing the Image.
87: The Method of Measurement.
88: Making the Measurements.
89: Analyzing the Data.
90: Film Photography.
91: Star Clusters and Nebulae.
92: Digital Photography of Star Clusters.
93: A Color–Magnitude Diagram for the Pleiades.
94: Acquiring the Data.
95: The Analysis.
96: The Design of an Objective Prism Spectrograph.
97: Getting the Spectrum.
98: The Proper Motion of Barnard's Star.
99: Taking the Photographs.
References and Additional Reading.
Star Atlases.
Telescopes and Accessories.
Astrophotography.
The Sun.
The Moon.
Binary Stars.
Variable Stars.
Star Clusters and Nebulae.
Index.
Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Titles in This Series.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Dedication.
Other Frontmatter.
Preface.
Acknowledgement.
Contents.
Computer Hardware and Software.
1: The Celestial Sphere.
2: The Measurement of Time.
3: Solar Time.
4: Sidereal Time.
5: Dating Observations.
6: The Equatorial Telescope Mount.
7: Mount Stability.
8: The Polar Axis Drive.
9: Setting Circles.
10: Aligning an Equatorial Mount.
11: Using Setting Circles.
12: A Tabletop GEM.
13: Go-to Mounts.
14: Telescope Considerations.
15: Limitations Imposed by Aperture.
16: Limitations Imposed by the Environment.
17: Limitations Unique to Refractors.
18: Short Focus Achromatic Refractors.
19: Limitations Unique to Maksutov Telescopes.
20: Newtonian Reflectors.
21: Eyepieces.
22: Focusing.
23: The Finder.
24: Recommended Accessories.
25: Which Small Telescope Should You Buy?.
26: Astronomical Photography.
27: Digital Photography.
28: Choice of Camera.
29: Mounting the Camera.
30: The Afocal Field of View.
31: Telephoto Conversion Lenses.
32: Processing the Print.
33: Film Photography.
34: Printing the Image.
35: The Sun.
36: Visual Observations of the Sun.
37: Classification of Sunspots.
38: Sunspot Number.
39: Visual Observations.
40: Digital Photography of the Sun.
41: Processing the Photographs.
42: The Stonyhurst Disk.
43: Measuring the Sun's Rotation.
44: Film Photography of the Sun.
45: The Moon.
46: Visual Observations.
47: Digital Camera Photographs of the Moon.
48: Analyzing the Photographs.
49: Selenography.
50: Measurements on the Computer Monitor.
51: Measuring Lunar Libration.
52: Film Photography of the Moon.
53: Lunar Occultations.
54: The Planets.
55: Sketching the Planets.
56: Filters.
57: Digital Photography of the Planets.
58: Plotting the Orbital Position of a Planet.
59: Ecliptic Coordinates.
60: The Phases of Venus.
61: Mars.
62: The Retrograde Motion of Mars.
63: Taking the Photographs.
64: Plotting the Results.
65: Visual Observations of Jupiter.
66: Digital Camera Observations of Jupiter.
67: Jupiter's Moons.
68: Roemer's Method for Measuring the Speed of Light.
69: Observations for Roemer's Method.
70: Saturn.
71: Comets and Asteroids.
72: Comets.
73: Asteroids.
74: Visual Binary Stars.
75: Digital Photography of Binary Stars.
76: Printing the Images.
77: Measuring the Separation of the Components.
78: Measuring Position Angle.
79: Film Photography.
80: A Binary Star True Orbit Projector.
81: Visual Observations of Variable Stars.
82: The Telescope.
83: Preparation for Observation.
84: Making the Observation.
85: Photography of Variable Stars.
86: Processing the Image.
87: The Method of Measurement.
88: Making the Measurements.
89: Analyzing the Data.
90: Film Photography.
91: Star Clusters and Nebulae.
92: Digital Photography of Star Clusters.
93: A Color–Magnitude Diagram for the Pleiades.
94: Acquiring the Data.
95: The Analysis.
96: The Design of an Objective Prism Spectrograph.
97: Getting the Spectrum.
98: The Proper Motion of Barnard's Star.
99: Taking the Photographs.
References and Additional Reading.
Star Atlases.
Telescopes and Accessories.
Astrophotography.
The Sun.
The Moon.
Binary Stars.
Variable Stars.
Star Clusters and Nebulae.
Index.