The Urban Astronomer's Guide: A Walking Tour of the Cosmos for City Sky Watchers (The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series)

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Most amateur astronomers yearn to observe more frequently. Many of them, however, live in urban and highly developed suburban areas that are heavily light polluted. Due to this light pollution, they are under the impression that deep sky objects—nebulae, galaxies, star clusters—are either invisible or not worth viewing from home. This book describes the many objects that can be seen in a bright urban sky, and shows the city or suburban astronomer how to observe object after object, season after season.
This book covers the "why," "how," and "what" of astronomy under light-polluted skies. The prospective city-based observer is told why to observe from home (there are hundreds of spectacular objects to be seen from the average urban site), how to observe the city sky (telescopes, accessories, and moderns techniques), and what to observe. About 50% of the book is devoted to describing "tours" of the sky, with physical and observational descriptions, at-the-eyepiece drawings, and photographs.
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ISBN-13: 9781846282164
ISBN-10: 1846282160
Pagini: 290
Ilustrații: 50 schwarz-weiße und 50 farbige Abbildungen, 25 schwarz-weiße und 25 farbige Fotos, 25 schwarz-weiße und 25 farbige Zeichnungen
Dimensiuni: 155 x 235 x 20 mm
Greutate: 0.43 kg
Ediția: 2006
Colecția Springer
Seria The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series

Locul publicării: London, United Kingdom

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Part One: Telescopes, Equipment and Techniques Chapter 1: The Why and How of Urban and Suburban Observing Chapter 2: Suitable Telescopes Chapter 3: Essential and Optional Accessories for Polluted Skies Chapter 4: Observing Techniques and Special Projects Part Two: Observing Guide and Suggested Sky Tours Chapter 5: Spring objects Chapter 6: Summer objects Chapter 7: Autumn objects Chapter 8: Winter objects Appendices Internet Resources Finding Directions and Positions Object Classification and Description Further Reading


From the reviews:
"The Urban Astronomer’s Guide seeks to debunk and a convincing job it does too. … a useful introduction to astronomy in general and a helpful guide to anyone, urban or otherwise, thinking of buying or upgrading their equipment. … The Urban Astronomers Guide brings serious deep space observation right to where you can get the most out of it – your own back yard." (Ray Bradfield, Astronomy and Space, February, 2008)

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Many amateur astronomers live in urban and highly developed suburban areas, and many of them believe that they can’t observe deep-sky objects from such light-polluted locations.
But it isn’t true.
Given the right techniques, urban astronomers can routinely observe deep-sky objects night after night – something most of us would never do if it involved driving miles into the country to find a dark site. Rod Mollise has observed the entire Messier list from his urban backyard, without high-tech equipment, using only commercially-made telescopes and simple accessories.
This is a guide to good deep-sky astronomy under bad skies.
There are literally hundreds of spectacular objects to be seen from the average urban site. After dealing with equipment, locations and even urban safety, Rod invites you to join him on his virtual "walking tours" of the night sky, with physical and observational descriptions, at-the-eyepiece drawings, and photographs.


Showcases the countless objects - galaxies, nebulae, and star clusters - that can be seen in even in heavily "light polluted" urban skies Aimed at the many astronomers who must observe (at least sometimes) from urban areas
Describes how to observe the universe in language that is understandable for beginners, but which is also interesting for veteran sky-watchers
Contains a wealth of information about the sky and astronomy equipment and accessories
Features a comprehensible guide to deep-sky objects that can be observed from less-than-ideal sites