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A Practical Guide to Lightcurve Photometry and Analysis

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  • The next step after CCD imaging for amateur astronomers

  • Provides a solid but not overly technical background in photometry theory and practice and suggestions for specific easy-to-implement projects

  • Worked examples of photometry reductions using simple spreadsheets

  • Many detailed "finder charts" with magnitudes for reference fields that allow putting observations on standard systems

  • Detailed steps on how to go about gathering data for specific projects

  • Covers lightcurve period analysis, and how to avoid common mistakes, by showing examples of how things can be misinterpreted

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Table of contents (13 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xiii
  2. Getting Started

    Pages 1-5
  3. The Photometry Primer

    Pages 27-46
  4. Collecting Photons

    Pages 111-132
  5. Analyzing the Data

    Pages 133-136
  6. Period Analysis

    Pages 137-160
  7. Building Star Systems

    Pages 161-172
  8. Back Matter

    Pages 181-297

About this book

A Practical Guide to Lightcurve Photometry and Analysis provides, for
those with access to even a modest telescope and CCD camera, all the
information needed to take part in the scientific study of asteroids and
variable stars.

Using commercially available equipment, amateur astronomers can
determine the rotation rate, size, and shape of asteroids. Similarly, it
is possible to discover the size, temperature, and orbits of stars in
binary systems by using this powerful technique.

A Practical Guide to Lightcurve Photometry and Analysis contains all the
material needed for readers to understand the theory, and avoid the
practical pitfalls of lightcurve photometry. Detailed examples are
given for obtaining data, and of course for the exciting and rewarding
task of analyzing the data to determine the physical properties of the
object.

Any college student or amateur astronomer who wants to go beyond mere
imaging with a CCD camera and enter the challenging world of "real
science" via the lightcurves of asteroids and binary stars will find
everything necessary in this book.

Keywords

  • Analysis
  • CCD
  • Lightcurve
  • Moore's
  • Patrick
  • Photometry
  • Practical

Authors and Affiliations

  • Minor Planet Observer, Colorado Springs, USA

    Brian D. Warner

About the author

Brian Warner has been an astronomer for 40 years. He ran the Minor Planet Observer for ten years, and has contributed more than 60 papers to the Minor Planet Bulletin, along with regular articles. He lives in Colorado, USA.

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

eBook USD 29.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-0-387-33391-5
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout