The Potential of CCD-Based Amateur Spectroscopy

  • Alan Holmes
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 287/8/9)


With the wide availability of CCD imaging cameras in the amateur community has come the ability to do meaningful spectroscopic measurement projects. Amateurs can now perform high-resolution stellar spectroscopy with 2-Å or better resolution on stars down to 12th magnitude, and spectroscopy on diffuse objects down to 19th magnitude arcse-2 with five-minute exposures and commercially available mass-market telescopes.

Key words

amateur research spectroscopy instrumentation 


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  1. Massey, P. and Foltz, C. 2000, “The Spectrum of the Night Sky over Mount Hopkins and Kitt Peak: Changes over a Decade”, PASP 112, 566.ADSCrossRefGoogle Scholar

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alan Holmes
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  1. 1.Santa Barbara Instrument GroupSanta BarbaraUSA

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