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Astronomical Observations: An Optical Perspective

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This book is an up-to-date and comprehensive account of current observational techniques with particular emphasis on optical astronomy. Dr Walker, a world expert in astronomical instrumentation, has written a complete survey of the basic electromagnetic spectrum. The author discusses the types and sources of stellar electromagnetic radiation and the range of telescopes that are used to observe them. Topics covered include the construction of sensitive low-noise detectors, preservation of image quality, and the limits to measurement precision. The book is particularly timely because astronomers now have access to a wide range of telescopes on the ground and in orbit. With increasing demand for observing time, it is important to understand the principles and limitations of the instruments and techniques. This book is suitable for undergraduate and graduate students studying observational astronomy. It will provide a ready source of reference for professional astronomers. Physicists and electronic engineers will also find this an absorbing account of the techniques of astronomical observation.

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This text is a comprehensive account of observational techniques with particular emphasis on optical astronomy. Topics covered include the construction of sensitive low-noise detectors, preservation of image quality, and the limits to measurement precision.

Synopsis:

The construction of sensitive low noise detectors, preservation of image quality and restriction of unwanted radiation are among the concerns of this up-to-date account of optical techniques available to astronomers.

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Astronomical sources; 2. Observational limits; 3. Telescopes; 4. Seeing, speckles, and scintillation; 5. Spectrographs; 6. Dilute apertures; 7. Single channelled detectors; 8. Multi-channelled incoherent detectors; References; Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521339070
Author:
Walker, Gordon
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Location:
Cambridge Cambridgeshire ;
Subject:
Astrophysics & Space Science
Subject:
Astronomy
Subject:
Astrophysics
Subject:
Optical instruments
Subject:
Astronomical observatories
Subject:
Astronomical instruments
Subject:
Astronomie
Subject:
Astronomy -- Technique.
Subject:
Astrophysique
Subject:
Astronomy - General
Subject:
Astronomical instruments Astronomical instrum
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
no 59 =
Publication Date:
19870331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
360
Dimensions:
9.28x7.42x.76 in. 1.36 lbs.

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Product details 360 pages Cambridge University Press - English 9780521339070 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , This text is a comprehensive account of observational techniques with particular emphasis on optical astronomy. Topics covered include the construction of sensitive low-noise detectors, preservation of image quality, and the limits to measurement precision.
"Synopsis" by , The construction of sensitive low noise detectors, preservation of image quality and restriction of unwanted radiation are among the concerns of this up-to-date account of optical techniques available to astronomers.
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