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The Planet Observer's Handbook

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This is an informative, up-to-date and well-illustrated guide to planetary observations for amateurs. After a brief description of the solar system and a chapter on the celestial sphere, readers are shown how to choose, test and use a telescope with various accessories and how to make observations and record results. For each planet and the asteroids, details are given of observational techniques, together with suggestions for how to make contributions of scientific value. From a general description and detailed observational history of each planet, observers can anticipate what they should see and assess their own observations. The chapter on planetary photography includes the revolutionary use of videography, charge coupled devices and video-assisted drawing. There are also chapters on making maps and planispheres and on photoelectric photometry.

  • Discusses the latest spacecraft research
  • Includes a new section on the Kuiper Belt and Oort Cloud
  • Contains the latest information on video imaging and film for planetary photography

Table of Contents

Introduction: why observe the planets?
1. The solar system
2. The celestial sphere
3. Telescopes and accessories
4. The atmosphere and seeing
5. Mercury
6. Venus
7. Mars
8. The minor planets (asteroids)
9. Jupiter
10. Saturn
11. Uranus
12. Neptune
13. Pluto
14. Constructing maps and planispheres
15. Planetary photography and videography
16. Photoelectric photometry of the minor planets, planets and their satellites
Name index
Subject index.


Specifications: The Planet Observer's Handbook

  • EDITION: 2nd Edition
  • DATE PUBLISHED: October 2000
  • FORMAT: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9780521789813
  • LENGTH: 448 pages
  • DIMENSIONS: 246 x 189 x 23 mm
  • WEIGHT: 0.8kg
  • CONTAINS: 222 b/w illus. 1 map 28 tables

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