Compendium of Practical Astronomy Volume 1: Instrumentation and Reduction Techniques

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Other Authors: Roth, Günter D. (Editor)
Format: eBook
Language:English
Published: Berlin, Heidelberg Springer Berlin Heidelberg 1994, 1994
Edition:1st ed. 1994
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Table of Contents:
  • 4.4 Methods of Optical Testing
  • 4.5 Telescope Systems
  • 4.6 Telescope Performance
  • 4.7 Accessories
  • 4.8 Visual Observations
  • 4.9 Photographic Plates and Photoelectric Detectors
  • 4.10 Services for Telescopes and Accessories
  • References
  • 5 Telescope Mountings, Drives, and Electrical Equipment
  • 5.1 Introduction
  • 5.2 Basic Types of Telescope Mountings
  • 5.3 General Design Criteria
  • 5.4 Static Criteria of Telescope Mountings
  • 5.5 Shafts and Bearings
  • 5.6 The Foundation and Stability Against Tilting
  • 5.7 Joining Elements
  • 5.8 Measuring the Stiffness
  • 5.9 Telescope Vibrations
  • 5.10 Kinematic Aspects of Telescope Mountings
  • 5.11 Drives in Right Ascension and Declination
  • 5.12 Photoelectric Guiding Systems
  • 5.13 Adjust Elements and Telescope Alignment on the Celestial Pole
  • 5.14 The Setting Circles and Their Adjustment
  • 5.15 Electrical Equipment
  • 5.16 Comments on Literature Cited Here and in the Supplemental Reading List
  • References
  • of Volume 1
  • 1 Introduction to Astronomical Literature and Nomenclature
  • 1.1 Astronomy and the Observer
  • 1.2 The Astronomy Library
  • 1.3 Catalogues and Maps
  • 1.4 Almanacs
  • 1.5 Reduction of Observations
  • 2 Fundamentals of Spherical Astronomy
  • 2.1 Introduction
  • 2.2 The Coordinates
  • 2.3 Time and the Phenomena of Daily Motion
  • 2.4 Changes in the Coordinates of a Star
  • 2.5 Problems of the Calendar and Time Zones
  • 2.6 The Variability of the Time Systems
  • 2.7 Spherical Trigonometry
  • References
  • 3 Applied Mathematics and Error Theory
  • 3.1 Introduction
  • 3.2 The Theory of Errors
  • 3.3 Interpolation and Numerical Differentiation and Integration
  • 3.4 Photographic Astrometry
  • 3.5 Determination of the Position and Brightness of Planets and of the Planetographic Coordinates
  • 3.6 The Reduction of Stellar Occultations
  • References
  • 4 Optical Telescopes and Instrumentation
  • 4.1 Introduction
  • 4.2 Basics of Optical Computation
  • 4.3 Imaging Errors
  • 6 Astrophotography
  • 6.1 Introduction
  • 6.2 Cameras and Lenses
  • 6.3 General Considerations
  • 6.4 Stationary Cameras
  • 6.5 Tracking Cameras
  • 6.6 Long-Focus Astrophotography
  • 6.7 Films for Astrophotography
  • 6.8 Advanced Darkroom Techniques
  • 6.9 Photographic Limiting Magnitude
  • 6.10 Further Reading
  • References
  • 7 Fundamentals of Spectral Analysis
  • 7.1 Introduction
  • 7.2 The Theory of Spectra
  • 7.3 The Objects of Spectral Studies
  • 7.4 Spectroscopic Instruments
  • 7.5 The Analysis
  • References
  • 8 Principles of Photometry
  • 8.1 Introduction
  • 8.2 Limits and Accuracies of Photometric Measurements
  • 8.3 Astronomical Color Systems
  • 8.4 The Technique and Planning of Observations
  • 8.5 Reduction Techniques
  • 8.6 Photometry of Different Astronomical Objects — Generalities
  • 8.7 Construction or Purchase of Receivers and Equipment for Reductions
  • 8.8 General Literature on Photometry
  • References
  • 9 Fundamentals of Radio Astronomy
  • 9.1 Introduction
  • 9.2 Radio Radiation
  • 9.3 Atmospheric Influences
  • 9.4 Instrumentation
  • 9.5 The Objects of Observation
  • 9.6 Tested Observing Systems
  • 9.7 Amateur Radio Astronomy Groups
  • References
  • 10 Modern Sundials
  • 10.1 Introduction
  • 10.2 The Equinoxial Dial
  • 10.3 Horizontal Dials and Vertical East-West Dials
  • 10.4 The Vertical Deviating Dial
  • 10.5 Designs for Higher Accuracy
  • References
  • 11 An Historical Exploration of Modern Astronomy
  • 11.1 Introduction
  • 11.2 The Heliocentric System
  • 11.3 Evolution of the Theory of Motions
  • 11.4 Cataloguing the Stellar Sky
  • 11.5 Astrophysics
  • 11.6 Stellar Evolution and Stellar Systems
  • 11.7 Observations at Invisible Wavelengths and Space Exploration
  • 11.8 Research in Historical Astronomy
  • References
  • 12 Astronomy Education and Instructional Aids
  • 12.1 Introduction
  • 12.2 Formal Astronomy Education
  • 12.3 Facilities and Services Available to Schools and the General Public
  • Educational Resources in Astronomy
  • A.1 Planetariums, Museums, and Exhibits
  • A.2 Observatories and Research Laboratories
  • A.3 Astronomical Societies and Clubs
  • A.4 General List of Sources for Mechanical Models and Exhibit Items
  • A.5 General List of Sources for Audio-Visual Aids
  • A.6 Telescopes and Observing Equipment
  • A.7 Printed Materials
  • Supplemental Reading List for Vol. 1