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    Chris Kitchin(Author)

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This second - completely revised - edition of Chris Kitchin's easy-to-read book provides a carefully structured introduction to the tools of astronomy. Beginning with an in-depth look at astronomical telescopes, it progresses through a coverage of positions and motions of astronomical objects, to observing instruments and techniques. New to this edition are sections on modern small telescopes and their design, revised material on the computer processing of data, and extended appendices. Like the first edition, questions (with answers) are given so that students and enthusiastic amateur astronomers can check their progress.

From the reviews:"The stated aim of this publication is to introduce aspiring astronomers, be they students or amateurs, to the basic techniques required for using telescopes and accessories and finding objects in the night sky. ... Throughout are numerous black-white drawings which well illustrate the text. … Exercises appear at the end of each appropriate chapter, the answers to be found at the back of the book. … a publication which can be confidently recommended to aspiring astronomers setting out on their journey to the stars." (Richard Chambers, The Observatory, Vol. 124 (1181), 2004)From the reviews of the second edition:"Chris Kitchin’s updated Telescopes and Techniques is described as ‘… an introduction for anyone wanting a firm grounding in the essentials of astronomy’. The author has aimed the book primarily for first-year astronomy or physics students … . The book itself is beautifully presented … . For the student or armchair astronomer this book is a must have, and a worthwhile investment for more actively minded amateurs who are starting out in astronomy … . has a place in any budding astronomer’s library." (Cameron Jack, Southern Stars, 2004)"In 1995 Chris Kitchin set out to provide an introduction for undergraduates and the interested layman that covered the basic techniques in astronomy … . This 2nd edition covers a wide range of subjects from types of telescope through visual observing, data reduction and radio astronomy to spectrometry … . I found his account of ‘aberrations’ and ‘positions and motions’ particularly interesting, and it was impressive to see the different types of polarisation summed up so succinctly. … a book well worth reading." (Grant Privett, Astronomy Now, May, 2004)

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  • PDF | 276 pages
  • Chris Kitchin(Author)
  • Springer London; 2nd ed. edition (2 Jun. 2010)
  • English
  • 8
  • Science & Nature

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  • By Ant Miller on 30 January 2012

    This work provides an outstanding introduction to the fundamentals of telescope design and use, with a straightforward and logical exploration of the often counter intuitive aspects of optics involved. There is a little bit of maths along the way, but by gently introducing just enough simple formula along the way as the subject is explored, the reader is given ample opportunity to get to grips with the real meat of the subject matter. Chapters conclude with exercise questions of a well structured difficulty, with answers later in the book.The diligent reader should, with the help of this book and some time and application develop all the technical skills needed to understand and properly use astronomical tables, almanacs and telescopes, and will have an appreciation of the fundamentals of all modern astronomy techniques. She or he will be more than capable of interpreting RA and Dec values and of annotating their own, and will be well on the way to having all the necessary intellectual skills needed to design and build their own observing equipment.The level of maths needed is not beyond O-Level- no calculus is necessary and only one sigma function makes a brief appearance. The maths is simple, and very very powerful.This is not a guide to the night sky. The two star review of this work mistakenly assessed it as such and is therefore a largely irrelevant complaint. Frankly that reviewer picked the wrong book. This book is suitable for any reader, old or young, who wants to get fully to grips with optical astronomy, and wants to know how the tools of the trade really work.My local astronomy society has a copy in the library that is well used, and I am seriously considering buying the second edition.Highly recommended


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