Telescopes and Techniques

  • C. R.¬†Kitchin

Part of the Undergraduate Lecture Notes in Physics book series (ULNP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Telescopes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. C. R. Kitchin
      Pages 3-30
    3. C. R. Kitchin
      Pages 31-57
    4. C. R. Kitchin
      Pages 59-65
  3. Positions and Motions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-67
    2. C. R. Kitchin
      Pages 69-99
    3. C. R. Kitchin
      Pages 101-128
    4. C. R. Kitchin
      Pages 129-142
  4. Observing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 143-143
    2. C. R. Kitchin
      Pages 145-149
    3. C. R. Kitchin
      Pages 151-179
    4. C. R. Kitchin
      Pages 181-196
    5. C. R. Kitchin
      Pages 197-212
    6. C. R. Kitchin
      Pages 213-221
    7. C. R. Kitchin
      Pages 223-230
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 231-255

About this book


Telescopes and Techniques has proved itself in its first two editions, having become probably one of the most widely used astronomy texts, both for amateur astronomers and astronomy and astrophysics undergraduates. Both earlier editions of the book were widely used for introductory practical astronomy courses in many universities.

In this Third Edition the author guides the reader through the mathematics, physics and practical techniques needed to use today's telescopes (from the smaller models to the larger instruments installed in many colleges) and how to find objects in the sky. Most of the physics and engineering involved is described fully and requires little prior knowledge or experience.

Both visual and electronic imaging techniques are covered, together with an introduction to how data (measurements) should be processed and analyzed. A simple introduction to radio telescopes is also included. Brief coverage of the more advanced topics of photometry and spectroscopy are included, but mainly to enable the reader to see some of the developments possible from the basic observing techniques covered in the rest of the book.

For anyone intending to enter astronomy as a professional, an understanding of the physics is essential - and this newest version of Telescopes and Techniques is one of the best starting points!


Astronomical observation Basic observing techniques Photographic photometry Planetary positions Telescope design Telescope exercises Telescope optics Telescope techniques Types of telescopes Virtual observatories

Authors and affiliations

  • C. R.¬†Kitchin
    • 1
  1. 1.EssexUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-4890-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-4891-4
  • Series Print ISSN 2192-4791
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-4805
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