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  • Paperback: 436 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2nd ed. 2012 edition (6 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461439442
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461439448
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.6 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,432,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In these days of high-precision astrometric satellites, tremendous contributions to the science of astrometry are being made by amateur astronomers around the globe.

This second edition of Observing and Measuring Visual Double Stars contains a significant amount of completely new material inspired by the work done by observers - particularly in the USA - since the first edition was published. Fifteen skilled and experienced astronomers have contributed chapters on their own specialization in the various fields. These include how to use the Internet to carry out precise astronomical measurement, an excellent guide to sketching double stars, and information on how to image double stars of unequal brightness. This new edition is the definitive book for those who are serious about this fascinating aspect of astronomy!

Author Bob Argyle has been observing visual double stars for more than 40 years, some with the help of the world's biggest refractors, and has been director of the Webb Society Double Star Section since 1970.

About the Author

R.W. Argyle works in the Astronomy Survey unit of the Institute of Astronomy at the University of Cambridge in England, where he has been Senior Research Associate since 1998. He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society (since 1977) and Director of the Double Star Section, the Webb Society (since 1970). He edited the first edition of Observing and Measuring Visual Double Stars (2004). He is the author of many articles for the Deep-sky Observer of the Webb Society. He writes a monthly column on double stars in Astronomy Now, the UK astronomical journal. He is co-author of research papers on binary stars in refereed astronomical journals.

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This is a book for someone who is already interested in double stars and wishes make a contribution towards the general knowledge of these objects, even though it doesn't really include my interest of faint neglected double stars in the index. It is extensive so you can take it to what level suits you, choosing from a variety of methods. One never knows how many pages are extras to make up what the publisher wants. But never mind if it causes you to branch off into variable stars, telescope mirror alignment, mathematics or photography of other types of celestial objects and cover them even better you've got a more than a great start here for free.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By nillchill on 2 Dec. 2014
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superb book, a wealth of information and examples of good measurement practices. A must for any entering the world of double star hunting
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Martin Nicholson on 2 May 2014
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While it would be unfair not to acknowledge the excellence of some of the material presented in this book there is much that is rather disappointing.
The chapters on “Double Star Sketching” (Perez), “Internet Astrometry” (Caballero) and “Lunar Occultations” (Appleby) are well written and all three fit neatly into the range of material that purchasers of the book would expect to find included. I am not entirely convinced that the sections on “The Diffraction Grating Micrometer” (Maurer) or “Astrometric Speckle Interferometry” (Turner) will results in widespread adoption by amateur astronomers of the techniques described but the inclusion of these topics is a perfectly legitimate use of editorial discretion.
What is far more problematic is the impression that the page count - and hence the cost – have been inflated by the inclusion of chapters that are either irrelevant or almost devoid of scientific content. For example eclipsing binaries are not visual double stars and their inclusion in the book will confuse many readers.
I would have liked to see more information on astronomical data mining. This is one of the big growth areas in double star astronomy and three of the most active data miners in the world live within easy travelling distance of the editor.
To summarise. This is a 200 to 250 page book struggling to escape from a 400 page “prison”. An experienced observer will learn little from the book and the "net savvy" newcomer will probably find most of content available for free elsewhere.
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