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Measure Solar System Objects and Their Movements for Yourself! (The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series) 2009th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0387895604
ISBN-10: 0387895604
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From the reviews: “This delightful book … is really a breath of fresh air in popular science publishing, taking us back to astronomical basics and starting from the beginning. With the help of very clear diagrams and graphics, the text takes you through fully-worked examples, asking questions about sizes, distances and motions within the Solar System. It then sets about, always with simple, readily available and inexpensive equipment, to show you how to answer those questions for yourself. … Overall, this is a very worthwhile text … .” (John Rowlands, Astronomy Now, January, 2010)

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Instead of taking somebody's word about the basic size and distances for the solar system's objects, this book shows amateur astronomers how to measure these things for themselves. This is an enriching experience for any amateur astronomer - to understand and personally measure fundamental astronomical quantities and distances.

A basic knowledge of geometry is required, but it is amazing how simple the ideas can be. Readers are led through the details as gently as possible - and in a light-hearted way - presuming that most will have half-forgotten most of the mathematics.

The practical astronomical equipment recommended is no more than a typical commercially-made amateur telescope and a camera of some sort - these days a webcam works very well. Apart from that all the reader will need is access to a computer with internet service, the know-how to download free software, and an enthusiasm to expand his knowledge of the basics of scientific astronomy.

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Product Details

  • Series: The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series
  • Paperback: 173 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2009 edition (March 26, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0387895604
  • ISBN-13: 978-0387895604
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,955,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By RGD on February 3, 2013
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Nice and clear instructions and descriptions with not to much maths, but enough to get by, quite practical for us backyard amatures.
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