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on 25 January 2010
This book is a true pocket sized edition which will fit easily into your pocket and can be retrieved with the minimum of fuss. Being well formatted there is no fumbling about turning the pages one way and then another, everything is laid out to enable the observer to quickly identify their target and gain the necessary information. I have already used this book a couple of times while out doing some binocular observing and it is very easy to use in the field. This book is for the observer who is not content to look at the pretty colours that some stars exhibit but also wishes to know luminosity, temperature, distance etc. Another plus is that most of us are blighted with light pollution with one sort or another; well this little book can be used with ease from the suburbs of a large city like London, all the stars used in the book are naked eye objects, so you don't even need a telescope to enjoy the science behind the stars. This is a useful collection to any astronomer's library packed with useful information without any mathematics involved (there are many books out there for the more mathematically inclined). I understand that Mr Martin did his entire data gathering from his back garden in the east end of London over many years, which for me, is pretty impressive stuff.
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on 3 February 2010
The author has worked long and hard to produce this atlas and all credit to him. However, the quality of the printing and of the paper lets the author down. The paper is too thin allowing, for example, the lines around the periodic table to show through on to the first of the spectrograms. The diagrams on pages 181 to 187 are very nearly illegible because of the very poor grey scale printing, indeed lines on the spectrograms are very faint sometimes.
To take the author to task just a litttle bit, he states that "anyone should be able to use (the book) without assuming any prior knowledge of the subject." (page 3). However, there are a couple of jumps in the sequence of knowledge eg the axes of the spectrograms are not labelled and there is no explanation of what the labelling of the lines in the spectrograms means eg H alpha etc.
As a complete novice I would have liked at least a mention of digital cameras.
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on 15 February 2010
This is a great reference book for the amateur astronomer who is learning about stars and the more experienced astronomer wishing to confirm their own results. Information is located with spectrograms and is clear and concise.
The Atlas is presented in simple language and never becomes too technical. There is a useful glossary which gives clear explanations and adds to the readers knowledge of the wider subject. Constellation maps are clear and make it very easy to locate the star under review.In general, the black and white spectrograms can be read, but an A4 size book would have made for clearer prints. An excellent book for anyone wishing to gain a wider understanding of the spectrososcopy of bright stars.A Spectroscopic Atlas of Bright Stars: A Pocket Field Guide (Astronomer's Pocket Field Guide)
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on 14 January 2010
It is loaded with useful empirical information to help the student/researcher, as well as the keen amateur astronomer. It is well organised structurally and it is completely lacking in useless waffle. Very easy to locate what you are looking for in the book.
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