The New Amateur Astronomer

  • Martin Mobberley

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction — Why Amateur Astronomy?

    1. Martin Mobberley
      Pages 1-2
  3. The Equipment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 3-3
    2. Martin Mobberley
      Pages 5-17
    3. Martin Mobberley
      Pages 19-24
    4. Martin Mobberley
      Pages 25-31
    5. Martin Mobberley
      Pages 33-53
    6. Martin Mobberley
      Pages 55-83
    7. Martin Mobberley
      Pages 85-110
    8. Martin Mobberley
      Pages 111-122
  4. The People

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-123
    2. Martin Mobberley
      Pages 125-152
    3. Martin Mobberley
      Pages 153-167
    4. Martin Mobberley
      Pages 169-184
    5. Martin Mobberley
      Pages 199-206
    6. Martin Mobberley
      Pages 207-211
    7. Martin Mobberley
      Pages 213-220
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 221-229

About this book


Amateur astronomy has changed beyond recognition in less than two decades. The reason is, of course, technology. Affordable high-quality telescopes, computer-controlled 'go to' mountings, autoguiders, CCD cameras, video, and (as always) computers and the Internet, are just a few of the advances that have revolutionized astronomy for the twenty-first century. Martin Mobberley first looks at the basics before going into an in-depth study of what’s available commercially. He then moves on to the revolutionary possibilities that are open to amateurs, from imaging, through spectroscopy and photometry, to patrolling for near-earth objects - the search for comets and asteroids that may come close to, or even hit, the earth. The New Amateur Astronomer is a road map of the new astronomy, equally suitable for newcomers who want an introduction, or old hands who need to keep abreast of innovations.

From the reviews:

"This is one of several dozen books in Patrick Moore's "Practical Astronomy" series. Amid this large family, Mobberley finds his niche: the beginning high-tech amateur. The book's first half discusses equipment: computer-driven telescopes, CCD cameras, imaging processing software, etc. This market is changing every bit as rapidly as the computer world, so these details will be current for only a year or two. The rest of the book offers an overview of scientific projects that serious amateurs are carrying out these days. Throughout, basic formulas and technical terms are provided as needed, without formal derivations. An appendix with useful references and Web sites is also included. Readers will need more than this book if they are considering a plunge into high-tech amateur astronomy, but it certainly will whet their appetites. Mobberley's most valuable advice will save the book's owner many times its cover price: buy a quality telescope from a reputable dealer and install it in a simple shelter so it can be used with as little set-up time as possible. A poor purchase choice and the hassle of setting up are why most fancy telescopes gather dust in their owners' dens. Summing Up: Highly recommended. General readers; lower- and upper-division undergraduates."( T. D. Oswalt, CHOICE, March 2005)


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Authors and affiliations

  • Martin Mobberley
    • 1
  1. 1.SuffolkUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-85233-663-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4471-0639-5
  • Series Print ISSN 1431-9756
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