© 2009

Handbook of Practical Astronomy

  • Günter D. Roth


  • Unique handbook type compendium

  • All in one from theory to practice

  • Supplementary material at


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXIV
  2. Günter D. Roth
    Pages 1-4
  3. Michael Gottwald
    Pages 5-21
  4. Michael Gottwald
    Pages 23-39
  5. Bernd Weisheit
    Pages 41-93
  6. Klaus-Peter Schröder, Hartwig Lüthen
    Pages 133-173
  7. Reinhold Häfner, Gero Rupprecht
    Pages 175-204
  8. Hilmar W. Duerbeck
    Pages 205-238
  9. Martin J. Neumann, Peter Wright
    Pages 239-254
  10. Felix Schmeidler
    Pages 255-266
  11. Günter D. Roth
    Pages 267-280
  12. Volker Witt
    Pages 281-308
  13. Klaus Reinsch, Michael Delfs, Elmar Junker, Peter Völker, Günter D. Roth, Christine Treichel et al.
    Pages 309-571
  14. Klaus-Peter Schröder, Hilmar W. Duerbeck, Johannes Viktor Feitzinger
    Pages 573-695
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 697-712

About this book


With amateurs, students, and teachers of astronomy in high schools and colleges particularly in mind, the Handbook of Practical Astronomy is an essential source to demonstrate trends and variety of astronomical observations.

The book presents the substance of celestial bodies for the amateur observer: the planets, the stars, and the galaxies. The sun is the local link to the other stars, the nexus of cosmic evolution. The solar system is made up by the sun and all the celestial bodies orbit it. This system is of special interest for the observing amateur. The Handbook of Practial Astronomy spans astronomy, education and computing. Like many other fields of science, astronomy has become digitized and data rich in recent years.

Besides the references at the end of each chapter, there are the notes in the margins with astronomical news and observing highlights on the web. 


Amateur Astronomy Astrophotography CCD camera Computer Astronomy Earth Meteors Moon Observatory Planets Radio Astronomy Solar System Sun Telescope Universe astronomy

Editors and affiliations

  • Günter D. Roth
    • 1
  1. 1.Irschenhausen, Icking/IsartalGermany

Bibliographic information


From the reviews: “This is a comprehensive work on practical astronomy. Excellent illustrations (127 in color) and a list ‘for further reading’ with every chapter enhance this reference (available in print and online) that is valuable for amateur astronomers, students, and teachers. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Libraries serving lower-division undergraduates, faculty, and general readers.” (M.-K. Hemenway, Choice, Vol. 47 (6), February, 2010)