The Planet Observer's Handbook (2nd Edition) by Fred W. Price

By Fred W. Price

This is an informative, up to date and well-illustrated consultant to planetary observations for amateurs. After chapters at the sunlight method and the celestial sphere, the textual content explains tips on how to pick out, try out and use a telescope with numerous components and the way to make observations and checklist effects. for every planet and the asteroids, cost supplies info of observational concepts, including feedback for a way to make a contribution of sound astronomical worth. From a common description and certain observational background of every planet, readers how to count on what they need to see and investigate their very own observations. New to this version is a bankruptcy on planetary images that incorporates the innovative use of videography, cost coupled units and video-assisted drawing. one other new characteristic is a piece at the Kuiper Belt and Oort Cloud. different chapters on making maps and planispheres and on photoelectric photometry around out the book's updated therapy, making this necessary examining for either informal and critical observer alike.

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Tion T~ be able to walk into an observatory, howev~r simple, with the te1es~ope read set u for immediate use is a great converuence. servatory. t~1s b~ok. The :eader will find a list of books at the end of this chapter contammg mformahon on the building of observatories and various types of shelters for telescopes. Two easily constructed types of telescope housing are as follows: an~ sides which are opened when the telescope is used. , on wheels that run on 'railway lines' made of angle iron. Alternatively the shelter can be made in two halves which can be folded back or rolled away to uncover the telescope.

Vm imagev~:hot~ ~range/red filters and the screen used together were better than ~owe 'd arately and were a tremendous help when I observed Mars either use sep 9/90 . th very favou rable opposition of 198 · dunng ~· · g screen as constructed from wire mesh cannot be used for solar The ap b ismrving because the diffraction spectra of the much larger images of or lunar o se . the sun and moon overlap and degrade the unages. The eye and its peculiarities In . preoccupation with the telescope and the way it works, we must not the role of the human eye in perception.

For a given telescope objective, the higher the power of the eyepiece used, the smaller is the diameter of the exit pupil. 3 inch and only part of the light collected by the objective will enter the eye. ) · ~ Crown glass Fig. 17 Tol/eseyepiece. ig. 17) An especially good design for use with reflectors. It is ma from a. single cylindrical piece of glass, both ends of which are convex. Int reflections cannot occur. Monocentric _(fig. 18) This consists of three lenses cemented together. Internal reflections cannot occur in this design so that this type of eyepiece the Tolles are free from 'ghosts'.

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