© 2002

Modern Astrometry


  • This book is presently the standard reference for astrometry especially for students


Part of the Astronomy and Astrophysics Library book series (AAL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVI
  2. Jean Kovalevsky
    Pages 1-10
  3. Jean Kovalevsky
    Pages 11-31
  4. Jean Kovalevsky
    Pages 33-59
  5. Jean Kovalevsky
    Pages 61-90
  6. Jean Kovalevsky
    Pages 91-137
  7. Jean Kovalevsky
    Pages 139-170
  8. Jean Kovalevsky
    Pages 171-195
  9. Jean Kovalevsky
    Pages 197-245
  10. Jean Kovalevsky
    Pages 247-276
  11. Jean Kovalevsky
    Pages 277-293
  12. Jean Kovalevsky
    Pages 295-335
  13. Jean Kovalevsky
    Pages 337-357
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 359-376

About this book


The book is an introduction to practical astrometry, dealing with the determination of positions, motions, distances and dimensions of celestial bodies ranging from quasars to artificial satellites. The main part is devoted to the description of instruments and observing techniques, and also includes the basic properties of optical instruments and a detailed description of the atmospheric effects on observations. A brief summary of the main phenomena in positional astronomy and of data treatment is given. Although classical astrometric methods are described, emphasis is put on new, more precise techniques such as CCD, optical and radio interferometry, space astrometry, etc. For this 2nd edition, the release of the Hipparcos and Tycho catalogs, the rise in CCD astrometry and the adoption of a new celestial reference frame by the IAU led to a significant modification of the text. And, especially, the outlook for astrometry has been completely rewritten.


CCD Tycho catalog artificial satellite celestial bodies data treatment equal altitude instrument meridian circles observing techniques phase interferometry positional astronomy quasar radio interferometry small-field astrometry space astrometry

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Departement CERGAObservatoire de la Côte d’AzurGrasseFrance

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