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Every amateur astronomer has at least heard of the many different catalogs of deep-sky objects; the most well known are the Messier, the Caldwell, the Herschel, and the NGC. All of these catalogs are, in general, readily available, but very few amateur observers are in a position to choose the best catalog for their particular deep-sky observing program, know how to use the catalog, or even realize just how many there are out there!
The Amateur Astronomer's Guide to the Deep-sky Catalogs is a single compilation of the historical and modern astronomical deep-sky catalogs. It discusses their
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Produktbeschreibung
Every amateur astronomer has at least heard of the many different catalogs of deep-sky objects; the most well known are the Messier, the Caldwell, the Herschel, and the NGC. All of these catalogs are, in general, readily available, but very few amateur observers are in a position to choose the best catalog for their particular deep-sky observing program, know how to use the catalog, or even realize just how many there are out there!

The Amateur Astronomer's Guide to the Deep-sky Catalogs is a single compilation of the historical and modern astronomical deep-sky catalogs. It discusses their origins, compares what's in them, explains how to interpret the data they contain, and even outlines how readers can create suitable 'custom' catalogs for their own use. The last section provides a set of three deep-sky catalogs created by the author, for observers of different levels of experience, from newcomer to expert.

  • Produktdetails
  • The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series
  • Verlag: Springer / Springer New York / Springer, Berlin
  • Artikelnr. des Verlages: 12775446
  • 2012
  • Seitenzahl: 392
  • Erscheinungstermin: 23. September 2011
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 235mm x 155mm x 21mm
  • Gewicht: 584g
  • ISBN-13: 9781461406556
  • ISBN-10: 1461406552
  • Artikelnr.: 33412578
Autorenporträt
Jerry Cavin first turned to amateur astronomy while growing up under the dark skies of Iowa. After leaving the farm, he completed a BS in Computer Science with a minor in Electrical Engineering at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He worked for 10 years as the Lead Software Engineer at the Control Data Corporation specializing in real time control systems. After getting married he moved to Austin, Texas and spent over 15 years at the University of Texas at Austin working as a Research Scientist Associate on electronic warfare systems.

He is currently working as a Systems Engineer at Overwatch System and will be completing his second MSc degree in Astronomy at the Swinburne Astronomy Online, via the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing in Melbourne, Australia.
Inhaltsangabe
Preface.- Chapter 1: Claudius Ptolemy and the Almagest.- Chapter 2: The Abd-al-Rahman Al-Sufi Catalog.- Chapter 3: Ulugh Beg.- Chapter 4: The Tycho Brahe Catalog.- Chapter 5: The Johannes Hevelius Catalog.- Chapter 6: The Charles Messier Catalog.- Chapter 7: The Johann Elert Bode Catalog.- Chapter 8: Christian Mayer Catalog.- Chapter 9: The Herschel Catalogs.- Chapter 10: The J.L.E. Dreyer and the NGC Catalog.- Chapter 11: Halton Arp and the Arp Catalog.- Chapter 12: The Caldwell Catalog.- References.- Appendix A.- Appendix B.- Index.
Rezensionen
From the reviews:
"The book provides complete listings of the important deep sky catalogs considered useful for amateur astronomy. ... The catalog listings will make an excellent resource for amateur astronomers giving co-ordinate locations and other information on thousands of galaxies, stars, and nebula. The all to brief bio's provide a delicious taster into the lives of some fascinating characters and will act as a prompt for more in depth research. A thoroughly recommended book for all amateur astronomers." (Paul Rumsby, Best Astronomy Books, October, 2012)