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David H. Levy, "David Levy's Guide to Observing and Discovering Comets"

Cambridge University Press | 2003 | ISBN: 052182656X | 188 pages | PDF | 22,8 MB

David Levy has held a lifelong passion for comets, and is one of the most successful comet discoverers in history. In this book he describes the observing techniques that have been developed over the years--from visual observations and searching, to photography, through to electronic charge-coupled devices (CCDs). He combines the history of comet hunting with the latest techniques, showing how our understanding of comets has evolved over time. This practical handbook is suitable for amateur astronomers, from those who are casually interested in comets and how to observe them, to those who want to begin and expand an observing program of their own.

Drawing widely from his own extensive experience, Levy describes how enthusiastic amateurs can observe comets and try to make new discoveries themselves. David H. Levy is one of the word's foremost amateur astronomers. He has discovered seventeen comets, seven using a telescope in his own backyard, and had a minor planet, Asteroid 3673 Levy named in his honor. He is best known as the co-discoverer of the famous 1994 Shoemaker-Levy 9 comet.

Levy is frequently interviewed in the media and succeeded Carl Sagan as science columnist for Parade magazine. He has written and contributed to a number of books, most recently David Levy's Guide to the Night Sky.

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Brian D. Warner, Alan W. Harris, "A Practical Guide to Lightcurve Photometry and Analysis"
Springer | 2006 | ISBN: 0387293655 | 298 pages | PDF | 6,4 MB

The Practical Guide to Lightcurve Photometry and Analysis provides those with access to even a modest telescope and a CCD camera the background and detailed steps to take part in important astronomical research. Readers learn about the joint projects in which they can take part, as well as the techniques of gathering, analyzing, and then publishing their data. The primary market for this book is amateur astronomers, but undergraduate students will also find its easy going friendly style ideal for help with their studies in this subject.

There is of course more to lightcurve photometry than simply taking pictures. For the results to be of value, the data must be gathered and processed in certain ways so that it is both meaningful and can be used by others for analysis. The book contains enough background material (theory) for the reader to understand – and avoid – the pitfalls in the process. More important, there are detailed examples provided for how to obtain data and, for many, the more exciting and rewarding effort of analyzing the data to determine various properties of the object being studied. Under "choosing the right software," the author looks critically at the commercially-available packages, providing screen shots and useful advice.

Amateur astronomers who wants to go beyond mere imaging with a CCD camera will find everything ithat they need in the book to take a step into ‘real’ science.

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Chris Kitchin, “Solar Observing Techniques”

Springer | 2001-08-09 | ISBN: 185233035X | 218 pages | PDF | 24,1 MB

The Sun is the closest star to Earth, and the only one we can observe in any sort of detail. As such it is a fascinating field of study, and one that is well-suited to amateur astronomers - the Sun is close enough to need little magnification. It also has the practical advantage, unlike every other astronomical object, of being visible in the daytime!During solar eclipses, there are momentary chances to observe and photograph some spectacular and scientifcally interesting sights.

Studying the Sun nonetheless needs specialist knowledge. Safety is paramount, as without the right precautions the heat and light of the Sun would instantly blind the observer. But given the right techniques, the Sun is a rewarding subject for amateur astronomers: in this book, Professor Chris Kitchin provides all the information needed for safe solar observing.

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The Sun and How to Observe It

Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc. | ISBN: 0387094970 | edition 2008 | PDF | 210 pages | 3,35 mb

In Part 1, the book describes the very latest thinking on solar physics in (mostly non-mathematical) detail, incorporating the latest results from research concerning the structure and behaviour of the Sun. There is particular emphasis on the surface features visible from the Earth, and how these are the result of the extraordinary processes that are taking place within the Sun.

In Part 2, the book details the techniques for observing and imaging the Sun with commercially-available equipment. The many recent advances in optical equipment now allow amateur astronomers to observe phenomena that until recently could only be seen with the extremely expensive equipment available at universities and research observatories – notably H-alpha and Calcium-K telescopes.

This is a completely up-to-date solar observing book, while providing the science background necessary for an understanding of the observations with the latest equipment. It also features the most complete solar observing and imaging guide available.

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Fred W. Price, "The Planet Observer's Handbook"

Cambridge University Press | ISBN: 0521789818 | 2 edition (December 11, 2000) | PDF | 448 pages | 79 MB

“Here is an informative, up-to-date and well-illustrated guide to planetary observations for amateurs. After chapters on the solar system and the celestial sphere, the text explains 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, Price gives details of observational techniques, together with suggestions for how to make contributions of sound astronomical value. From a general description and detailed observational history of each planet, readers learn how to anticipate what they should see and assess their own observations.

New to this edition is a chapter on planetary photography that includes the revolutionary use of videography, charge coupled devices and video-assisted drawing. Another new feature is a section on the Kuiper Belt and Oort Cloud. Other chapters on making maps and planispheres and on photoelectric photometry round out the book's up-to-date treatment, making this indispensable reading for both casual and serious observer alike.

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Brian Cudnik, "Lunar Meteoroid Impacts and How to Observe Them (Astronomers' Observing Guides)"

Springer | 2009 | ISBN: 1441903232 | 256 pages | PDF | 11,4 MB

The face of the Moon we see today has been substantially etched by the effects of meteor impacts. Craters on the Moon are the result of ancient impacts with large meteorites - or small asteroid-like bodies - which produced both primary craters (where the meteorites hit) and secondary craters (where material hurled high above the surface crashed back down). Even some of the vast lunar "seas" - actually basalt plains from ancient volcanic eruptions - may have been the result of impacts that triggered lava outflows. The era of major impacts on the Moon may have passed, but lunar meteorites may well be the cause of what are known as Lunar Transient Phonomena ("LTP" or sometimes "TLP") flashes and puffs of gas or vaporized rock or dust that are observed on the Moon's surface. This book looks at the way the Moon has been shaped by meteorites, proposes lunar meteorites as the most likely cause of most LTPs and describes in practical detail how amateur astronomers can observe impacts on the Moon, past and current.

Summary: A treasure, but not your typical observing guide !
Rating: 5

Thorough book about "Lunar Transient Phenomena - LTP" and "Lunar Impact Features" specifically Craters and Maria. It covers the historical and scientific background of the various features, how to identify them and co-ordinate your observational efforts with other around the world and make your own contributions to this illusive part of Astronomy. As indicated by the book's Description "Observe geology in the making on the Moon's surface".

Unlike the other book by Springer under the title "The Moon and How to Observe It (Astronomers' Observing Guides)" which is intended to any one interested in observing the moon, this book I believe is targeted to a few Dedicated Amateurs or even professionals who are curious about these Features and Phenomena and want to know the facts from an expert in the field "Brian Cudnik" who has done a magnificent job in summarizing his life experience in this field wonderfully within the pages of this book. I will not attempt to discourage anyone from acquiring the book, on the contrary it's a treasure and scientifically intriguing; but it's not your typical observing guide as its end goal aims at making active observations of current events that are more or less rare and hard to detect, observer and capture.
Last Thought, this book offers an observation challenge, are you up to it?! Happy Hunting!!

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