Kitchin does an excellent job incorporating a multiwavelength approach to detector implementation. Optical and IR detectors are bundled together, and x-ray and gamma-ray detectors make up another section. Radio/microwave and neutrino/gravitational wave detection constitute the other two main sections. Astrophysical Techniques does the best job covering instrumentation topics, and it is apparent that Kitchin has perfected his approach with this fourth edition.
- William R. Alexander, The Astronomy Education Review
Now in its fourth edition, this book has included more techniques relevant to the modern astronomer as well as dropping older ones no longer in use. The author keeps the rhythm going throughout the book, which makes it an easy and informative read.
- Garry Pilkington, University of Liverpool
Kitchin's book has always been an excellent source and fine student text. The rapid changes in techniques have led the author (now Emeritus Professor) to produce the Fourth Edition and include forefront technology such as superconducting tunnel junctions, while some older items have now been omitted.
- Don Pollacco, The Observatory --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.