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Grating Spectroscopes and How to Use Them (The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series)
 
 

Grating Spectroscopes and How to Use Them (The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series) [Kindle Edition]

Ken M. Harrison

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Grating Spectroscopes and How to Use Them is written for amateur astronomers who are just getting into this field of astronomy. Transmission grating spectroscopes look like simple filters and are designed to screw into place on the eyepiece of a telescope for visual use, or into the camera adapter for digicam or CCD imaging. Using the most popular commercially made filter gratings – Rainbow Optics (US) and Star Analyzer (UK) – as examples, this book provides the reader with information on how to set up and use the grating one needs to obtain stellar spectrograms. It also discusses several methods on analyzing the results. This book is written in an easy to read style, perfect for getting started on the first night using the spectroscope, and specifically showing how the simple transmission filter is used on the camera or telescope. No heavy mathematics or formulas are involved, and there are many practical hints and tips – something that is almost essential to success when starting out. This book helps readers to achieve quick results, and by following the worked examples, they can successfully carry out basic analysis of the spectra.

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Transmission grating spectroscopes look like simple filters and are designed to screw into place on the eyepiece tube of a telescope for visual use, or into a camera adapter for digicam or CCD imaging. They are relatively inexpensive and by far the easiest type of astronomical spectroscope to use, and so are the starting point for most beginners.

Using the most popular commercially made filter gratings - from Rainbow Optics in the United States to Star Analyser in the United Kingdon - as examples, the book provides all the information needed to set up and use the grating to obtain stellar spectra. It also presents methods of analyzing the results. No heavy mathematics or formulas are involved, although a reasonable level of proficiency in using an astronomic telescope and, if relevant, imaging camera, is assumed.

This book contains many practical hints and tips - something that is almost essential to success when starting out. It encourages new users to get quick results, and by following the worked examples, successfully carry out basic analysis of spectra.

With this author's earlier (intermediate level) book, Astronomical Spectroscopy for Amateurs, this book provides a perfect companion for those who want to know a lot more about what spectrographs tell us about the stars. And you'd be surprised at how much they tell us!


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 167 pages
  • Publisher: Springer New York; 1 edition (2 Mar 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A9YG8NU
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book from a leader in the field 17 Mar 2012
By T. Field - Published on Amazon.com
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This book a perfect starting place for the newcomer to amateur astronomical spectroscopy. It covers a remarkably wide range of interesting and useful information, including all the basics you need to get started. It contains an excellent discussion of the different mountings for gratings, camera selection, how to capture images, what's involved in post-processing your spectra into profile graphs as well as how to interpret your results. Also included is a good presentation of the science of spectroscopy. There are excellent sample spectra, and several lists of good targets for the beginner.

The book is well-edited, and lives up to the high quality of the Springer/Patrick Moore series. My only complaint is that the small 6x9" Springer book format isn't sufficient for software screen-captures to be easily legible. However, even with that limitation, the production values, layout, and over-all quality are excellent.

Ken is an active leader in the amateur astronomical spectroscopy community. He's also the designer of the the increasingly popular Spectra-L200 spectroscope kit. And he is also an active participant in several on-line communities, including the RSpec real-time spectroscopy forum where he regularly coaches both newcomers and more experienced users. Over the years, his postings and his direct emails have helped many of us deepen our understanding and overcome obstacles we encountered. This book is a further expression of his passion for spectroscopy and his desire to see more involvement in it by amateur astronomers.

As author of the RSpec spectroscopy software, I'm regularly asked by newcomers for book recommendations. This book is now my number one choice. It answers all the questions that need to be answered, filling in what until now was an enormous gap in the literature. My congratulations to Ken for pulling so many disparate sources of information into such a well-rounded and cohesive publication.

I expect that this book will remain the standard introduction to the field of amateur astronomical spectroscopy for ... well, probably forever!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The first book to use for astronomical grating spectroscopes 17 April 2012
By David Haworth - Published on Amazon.com
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Ken Harrison's "Grating Spectroscopes and How to Use Them" book is an excellent resource for starting out using gratings on astronomical objects. It will help you to take and analyze spectrums of the stars and other astronomical objects.

I highly recommend it if you are just starting out and you should join the Yahoo Group
astronomical_spectroscopy * Astronomical Spectroscopy for Amateurs at
[...]
where Ken and other can further help you in your adventures with astronomical gratings.

Clear and dark skies,
David Haworth
[...]
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good source of information 23 May 2013
By Robert C. Pease - Published on Amazon.com
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I recommend this source to anyone who wishes to take up astronomical spectroscopy. I am pursuing the subject since I just bought a Star Analyzer, a spectroscopic lens for my video camera.
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