© 1995

The Observational Amateur Astronomer

  • Editors
  • Patrick Moore

Part of the Practical Astronomy book series (PATRICKMOORE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Bruce Hardie
    Pages 1-21
  3. Bob Turner
    Pages 23-26
  4. Michael Maunder
    Pages 27-43
  5. Jeremy Cook
    Pages 45-56
  6. Richard M. Baum
    Pages 57-71
  7. Patrick Moore
    Pages 73-91
  8. Terry Moseley
    Pages 93-110
  9. A. W. Heath
    Pages 111-125
  10. Andrew J. Hollis
    Pages 127-139
  11. Neil Bone
    Pages 141-158
  12. Jonathan Shanklin
    Pages 159-182
  13. Alan Wells
    Pages 183-194
  14. David Gavine
    Pages 195-208
  15. Melvyn D. Taylor
    Pages 209-220
  16. R. W. Arbour
    Pages 221-232
  17. Bernard C. Abrams
    Pages 233-251
  18. Howard Miles
    Pages 253-269
  19. Paul Doherty
    Pages 271-277
  20. Back Matter
    Pages 278-280

About this book


Patrick Moore has pulled together a group of professional and amateur astronomers, each an expert in a particular field, to describe how to observe every category of object that is within reach of an astronomical telescope of modest size. Each chapter deals with a different class of object, covering the whole range of possibilities from the Moon, planets and stars to more specialised observations of comets, novae, and meteors. If you own - or are thinking of buying - an astronomical telescope, here is the book that will help you get the most enjoyment out of it. It also explains how best to use your telescope for proper scientific observations, for astronomy is one of the few remaining areas of science where a lot of useful work can be carried out by non-professionals. A companion book, The Modern Amateur Astronomer, deals with the non-observational aspects of astronomy, from buying a telescope (or making your own), through electronic equipment and accessories, to more technical aspects such as spectroscopy and astrophotography.


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"The strength of the book lies in the expertise of the text. If you are at that stage in amateur astronomy where youre wondering which path to follow, I'm sure you will find inspiration from this book." - David Graham, Popular Astronomy "(Moore) is to be congratulated upon producing an up to date and enjoyable guide to observational astronomy" J. of the British Astronomical Association