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First Light and Beyond: Making a Success of Astronomical Observing (The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series)

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Amateur astronomers who have been disappointed by the results of an observing session can take comfort in the guidance of this book, which advises how to still gain useful experience in seemingly "failed" nights at the telescope. In a world with imperfect seeing conditions, incredible observing sessions are often mixed with less inspiring ones, discouraging the amateur observer. This book is designed to minimize subsequent disappointment for astronomers who encounter a few bad observing sessions, helping novice observers take something worthwhile away each and every time they go out under the night sky, regardless of the observations that were originally planned.
Almost every observer remembers his first sight of ringed Saturn, hanging in the blackness of space. Practitioners agree that there is something special about visual observing. Real-time observations at the eyepiece can provide fleeting yet intense feelings that connect us with the universe in unique ways. But when expectations aren't met at the eyepiece, there are other ways to profit from the practice of astronomy. These rewards, though less showy, are well worth cultivating.
This is a book that will help the reader see what constitutes a “successful” visual observing session. It explains the nature of the objects that the observer is seeing and advises how best to use their equipment. There are many hints and tips about how best to locate, recall, and record observations, including suggestions for
trips to areas where there are dark skies and to public observatories. Amateur astronomy is a journey from the urban backyard all the way to dark rural skies, and with this guide the journey can be smooth.

















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ISBN-13: 9783319188508
ISBN-10: 331918850X
Pagini: 300
Ilustrații: 69 schwarz-weiße und 54 farbige Abbildungen, Bibliographie
Dimensiuni: 155 x 235 x 20 mm
Greutate: 0.55 kg
Ediția: 1st ed. 2015
Editura: Springer
Colecția Springer
Seria The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series

Locul publicării: Cham, Switzerland

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Notă biografică

D. A. Jenkins has had a passion for writing since his teen years, when he resolved to produce a body of work that would both satisfy the needs of readers and his passion to create. Since then he has written business material for several large institutions, organizations, and individual clients, and has also created various short fictional works. He studied financial planning at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas, and has a broad array of professional experience that includes being a classical piano teacher. However, it is his enthusiasm for the night sky that has continued to fuel his passion for astronomy across four decades. 
Jenkins has been an enthusiastic amateur astronomer since childhood, with a special interest in deep sky observing. He resides in Texas, where he enjoys observing celestial phenomena in the pristine dark skies of the Davis Mountains, along with many other locations. He thoroughly enjoys astronomy outreach activities such as sharing stunning telescopic sights with people at star parties. Jenkins is a member of the Austin Astronomical Society (www.austinastro.org) and also observes regularly with the North Houston Astronomy Club.







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Amateur astronomers who have been disappointed by the results of an observing session can still gain useful experience in a seemingly “failed” night at the telescope. In a world with imperfect seeing conditions, incredible observing sessions are often mixed with less inspiring ones, discouraging the amateur observer. This book is designed to help novice observers take something worthwhile away each and every time they go out under the night sky, regardless of what was originally planned.
Almost every observer remembers his first sight of Ringed Saturn, hanging majestically in the blackness of space. Practitioners agree that visual observing is special. Real-time observations at the eyepiece can provide fleeting yet intense feelings that connect us with the universe. But when expectations aren’t met at the eyepiece, there are other ways to profit from the practice of astronomy. These rewards, though less showy, are well worth cultivating.
This book will help you see what constitutes a “successful” visual observing session. It explains the nature of the objects you are seeing and advises how best to use your equipment. There are many hints and tips about how best to locate, recall, and record observations, including suggestions for trips to dark sky areas and to public observatories.
Amateur astronomy is a journey from the urban backyard all the way to dark rural skies. With this guide the journey can be smooth.















Caracteristici

Helps novice observers take something worthwhile away each and every time they go out under the night sky
Teaches beginners what observing success consists of, with specific steps that will make your first sessions both enjoyable and informative
Explains how observers can make the best of the equipment they own and offers many hints and tips for observing sessions of all different kinds at various stages of experience