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  • Paperback: 458 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (11 Dec. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521535514
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521535519
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 2.4 x 24.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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'… a brilliant addition to the pedagogy. It is timely, focused, well written, and at the appropriate level … Astronomy Methods will be useful to all students of astronomy and astrophysics, irrespective of whether they intend to specialize in observational astronomy. The material can be adapted easily for various related courses, which makes the book even more valuable.' Physics Today

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Astronomy Methods is a 2003 introduction to basic practical tools, methods and phenomena that underlie quantitative astronomy. Taking a technical approach, the author covers a rich diversity of topics across all branches of astronomy, from radio to gamma-ray wavelengths. Suitable for undergraduate and graduate students in astronomy and astrophysics.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ramses on 7 July 2005
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This is an outstanding book for physicists/engineers (even astronomers ;-) who are involved in designing astronomy detectors. It gives you a very good background in the physical basis of the phenomena involved. You can also get the solutions manual from Cambridge, making a perfect combination for self-study. A must-have for anyone working anywhere near real telescopes or interested in how astronomy is done in real life.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
current methods of taking observations 27 Jun. 2006
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The focus [pun intended] is on observational astronomy. Rather than the astrophysics of exotic objects like black holes. Bradt goes through the electromagnetic spectrum. In various regions of this, like the Xray or the visible, he explains the most common methods of taking observations. This is a function of our current technology.

Though, and this is important to note, the technology is continually improving. Hence the book can also be usefully read as a projection into the near future of logically improved capabilities. Maybe the most exciting of which is better images of extrasolar stars and planetary systems. Especially visible images.

The text is detailed enough to be useful to an undergrad astronomy or physics major. Some elements might be too advanced for a lay reader.
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