- Series: Springer Praxis Books
- Paperback: 302 pages
- Publisher: Praxis; 2007 edition (July 31, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0387718222
- ISBN-13: 978-0387718224
- Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.7 x 9.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,092,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Sky is Your Laboratory: Advanced Astronomy Projects for Amateurs (Springer Praxis Books) 2007th Edition
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"Amateur astronomers have a proud tradition of contributing worthwhile scientific observations, stretching right back to Victorian times. … If you have been in the hobby for a few years and now want to specialise, this book is for you. The author explains every chosen subject in reasonable depth and a lot of technical work has gone into the 297 pages. The coverage is accurate … ." (Martin Mobberley, BBC Sky at Night, November, 2007)
"Buchheim gives amateurs the essentials to do real science, not simply science projects. … The book is amply illustrated with diagrams, and the text’s tone is pleasantly conversational. … Although Buchheim set out to write this book for amateurs, it should also be of interest to students and teachers who wish to pursue real-science with equipment that may already be available on campus." (Jennifer Birriel, Sky & Telescope, December, 2007)
"Many amateur astronomers have equipment powerful enough to make significant contributions to research. … The present book outlines eighteen worthwhile projects for the amateur. … There is a clear and detailed description of the principles behind the evaluation of signal-to-noise and warnings against the many insidious errors which can creep in. … The book’s outstanding quality is the infectious enthusiasm of the writing. It is highly recommended." (Derek Jones, The Observatory, Vol. 128 (1203), 2008)
About the Author
Mr. Buchheim received his first telescope when he was about 10 years old, and he has been interested in the stars ever since. He received his BS degree in Physics from Arizona State University and has completed a Program Management Course at Defense Systems Management College as well as UCLA Executive Program 88-1. He has published a number of articles and is the inventor of the "Rotary-Acting Pilot Valve." He currently lives and works in California.
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Some of these projects do require some potentially large cash outlays to get equipment that will work properly for the projects - larger telescopes (10" and above), chilled CCD cameras, really good tracking mounts and the like.
Are you ready to move beyond visual observing or taking CCD pix for aesthetic appreciation? Do you want to feel like you're doing a bit of science? If you answered yes to these questions, then this is undoubtedly a good book for you. It contains a survey of a wide range of areas where YOU, with relatively inexpensive amateur gear, can do observations that go far beyond the "Oh, isn't that pretty!" (Not, though, that I have anything against "pretty!")
This book is well written, and unlike many other books in our hobby, gets into the nitty-gritty details of how-to-do-it! It's well written and the author speaks with authority. Each chapter has an excellent reference at its end. Using these references allows you to do additional reading.
Although it doesn't go into much depth on the topic, this book has a short and adequate introduction on spectroscopy. The overview is good and it has references on where to find further info. I've found spectroscopy very exciting. Without much work, with a simple webcam & tiny scope, in the city, without a lengthy or complicated observing program, you can be analyzing the composition of distant stars! Now THAT'S science! (The Rainbow Optics or StarAnalyser spectroscopes are a great introduction.)