Observing Variable Stars

  • Authors
  • Gerry A. Good

Part of the Patrick Moore’s Practical Astronomy Series book series (PATRICKMOORE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Gerry A. Good
    Pages 1-19
  3. Gerry A. Good
    Pages 21-35
  4. Gerry A. Good
    Pages 37-55
  5. Gerry A. Good
    Pages 57-95
  6. Gerry A. Good
    Pages 127-138
  7. Gerry A. Good
    Pages 139-156
  8. Gerry A. Good
    Pages 189-199
  9. Gerry A. Good
    Pages 201-215
  10. Gerry A. Good
    Pages 217-232
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 265-274

About this book


Observing variable stars is one of the major contributions amateur astronomers make to science. There are 36,000 variable stars listed in the General Catalogue of Variable Stars, so it is clearly impossible for the limited number of professional observatories to target even the majority of them. That's where amateur astronomers come in - thousands of them turning their telescopes to the sky every night. Variable star observing is the most popular of "real science" activities for amateurs, and Gerry Good's book provides everything needed. The first part of the book provides a highly detailed account of the various classes of variable star, with examples, illustrations and physical descriptions. The second section covers practical aspects of observing, everything from preparation and planning, through observing techniques, to data management and reduction.


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Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London Limited 2003
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-85233-498-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4471-0055-3
  • Series Print ISSN 1431-9756
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