Astronomical Discoveries You Can Make, Too!

Replicating the Work of the Great Observers

  • Robert K. Buchheim

Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Also part of the Popular Astronomy book sub series (POPULAR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Robert K. Buchheim
    Pages 1-111
  3. Robert K. Buchheim
    Pages 113-215
  4. Robert K. Buchheim
    Pages 217-311
  5. Robert K. Buchheim
    Pages 313-380
  6. Robert K. Buchheim
    Pages 381-479
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 481-549

About this book


You too can follow in the steps of the great astronomers such as Hipparchus, Galileo, Kepler and Hubble, who all contributed so much to our modern understanding of the cosmos. This book gives the student or

amateur astronomer the following tools to replicate some of these seminal observations from their own homes:


With your own eyes: Use your own observations and measurements to discover and confirm the phenomena of the seasons, the analemma and the equation of time, the logic behind celestial coordinates, and even the precession of the equinoxes.


With a consumer-grade digital camera: Record the changing brightness of an eclipsing binary star and show that a pulsating star changes color as it brightens and dims. Add an inexpensive diffraction grating to your camera and see the variety of spectral features in the stars, and demonstrate that the Sun’s spectrum is similar to one particular type of stellar spectrum.


With a backyard telescope: Add a CCD imager and you can measure the scale of the Solar System and the distance to a nearby star. You could even measure the distance to another galaxy and observe the cosmological redshift of the expanding universe.


Astronomical Discoveries You Can Make, Too! doesn’t just tell you about the development of astronomy; it shows you how to discover for yourself the essential features of the universe.


Backyard Observing Projects Demonstrating Principles of Astronomy Easy Amateur Astronomy Projects History of Astronomy Practical Astronomy Basics Replicating Astronomy Discoveries Synodic Month Telescope Projects Tracking Motion of Planets at Home Verifying Kepler's Law

Authors and affiliations

  • Robert K. Buchheim
    • 1
  1. 1.Coto de CazaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-15659-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-15660-6
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