Viewing and Imaging the Solar System

A Guide for Amateur Astronomers

  • Jane Clark

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Jane Clark
    Pages 1-17
  3. Jane Clark
    Pages 19-31
  4. Jane Clark
    Pages 33-56
  5. Jane Clark
    Pages 57-80
  6. Jane Clark
    Pages 81-86
  7. Jane Clark
    Pages 87-124
  8. Jane Clark
    Pages 163-197
  9. Jane Clark
    Pages 199-213
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 245-256

About this book


Viewing and Imaging the Solar System: A Guide for Amateur Astronomers is for those who want to develop their ability to observe and image Solar System objects, including the planets and moons, the Sun, and comets and asteroids. They might be beginners, or they may have already owned and used an astronomical telescope for a year or more.

Newcomers are almost always wowed by sights such as the rings of Saturn and the moons of Jupiter, but have little idea how to find these objects for themselves (with the obvious exceptions of the Sun and Moon). They also need guidance about what equipment to use, besides a telescope.

This book is written by an expert on the Solar System, who has had a lot of experience with outreach programs, which teach others how to make the most of relatively simple and low-cost equipment. That does not mean that this book is not for serious amateurs. On the contrary, it is designed to show amateur astronomers, in a relatively light-hearted—and math-free way—how to become serious.


Astronomical imaging Beginning amateur astronomy Digital imaging Image processing Intermediate amateur astronomy Observing asteroids Observing comets Photographing moons and planets Solar System observation Solar system observing

Authors and affiliations

  • Jane Clark
    • 1
  1. 1.Director of Observing, Bristol Astronomical SocietyBristolUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-5178-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-5179-2
  • Series Print ISSN 1431-9756
  • Series Online ISSN 2197-6562
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