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"Martin Mobberley’s book is very attractive not only in explaining the technical detail of cataclysmic phenomena but also in the promotion of useful observing projects for amateurs to undertake. … I found the advice in the final chapter about techniques, equipment and software especially valuable. The book is a must for anyone interested in cataclysmic objects and I am sure many readers will be persuaded to enter this field for the first time having seen the successes that have been described." (Guy Hurst, Astronomy Now, May, 2009)

"Though the work is aimed at the advanced amateur astronomer, Mobberley writes in a style that should keep the interest of the average undergraduate science student. … The numerous figures (many in color) help to show the physics of cataclysmic events. … Summing Up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates and general readers." (J. R. Kraus, Choice, Vol. 46 (9), May, 2009)

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ASTRONOMERS’ OBSERVING GUIDES provide up-to-date information for amateur astronomers who want to know all about what it is they are observing. This is the basis of the first part of the book. The second part details observing techniques for practical astronomers, working with a range of different instruments.

This book invites you to observe the most spectacular, high-energy events taking place in the cosmos. Even though these events may occur hundreds, thousands, millions or even billions of light-years away, you can witness them using the naked eye, binoculars, or telescopes. The book covers cataclysmic variable stars (CV’s), novae and dwarf novae, recurrent novae, solar flares, flare stars and prominences as well as the more distant supernovae, hypernovae, blazars, quasars, and gamma ray bursters. There are also sections on photometry, equipment, and software as well as many valuable observing tips based on the author’s own experience viewing these events.

For the amateur astronomer who is ready to leave the confines of the Solar System and look out into deep space, this book offers a variety of exciting challenges and suggestions enabling you to contribute real scientific data on high energy outbursts and cataclysmic cosmic events with just your backyard telescope and a bit of know-how.


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The "Final Frontier" of Amateur Astronomy .... and beyond ! 13 May 2010
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For millennia, the universe was explained in the simple terms of a flat Earth setting on a turtle's back, being the centre of the universe and some fables about gods and goddesses, demons and monsters; The Sun, Moon, Planets and Stars had their own mythological stories and mysticism. But somewhere along the line, science entered the scene and changed all that and the Universe took a whole new dimension. Instead of mysterious demons and monsters we now have a vast universe that is beyond imagination; cataclysmic events that supersede in their destructive power the wildest imagination and black-hole monsters that can literally devour light. Every step towards unravelling the secrets of the universe unveils even more secrets and enigmas.
This book goes through our Galaxy and beyond to explain those "CATACLYSMIC" events that are mind boggling. This book may not be for everyone, observing these events may not be easy, but this maybe the "Final Frontier" of Amateur Astronomy.

What a Wonderful and Magnificent Universe!! See for your self !!
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