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  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2014 edition (31 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461481562
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461481560
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.3 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 586,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Radio astronomy is a mystery to the majority of amateur astronomers, yet it is the best subject to turn to when desirous of an expanded knowledge of the sky. This guide intends to instruct complete newcomers to radio astronomy, and provides help for the first steps on the road towards the study of this fascinating subject. 

In addition to a history of the science behind the pursuit, directions are included for four easy-to-build projects, based around long-term NASA and Stanford Solar Center projects. The first three projects constitute self-contained units available as kits, so there is no need to hunt around for parts. The fourth – more advanced – project encourages readers to do their own research and track down items.

Getting Started in Radio Astronomy provides an overall introduction to listening in on the radio spectrum. With details of equipment that really works, a list of suppliers, lists of online help forums, and written by someone who has actually built and operated the tools described, this book contains everything the newcomer to radio astronomy needs to get going.

About the Author

Steve Arnold is a certified mechanical engineer and long-time amateur radio astronomer. He is a member of the Society for Popular Astronomy and has recently contributed radio astronomy articles about the NASA Radio Jove receiver kit and also wrote about the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA). He wrote and recorded a podcast about the NASA Radio Jove project, which can be heard on www.365daysofastronomy.org. Steve is a member of a number of astronomical groups and organizations. He has his own small permanent observatory and specializes in solar system deep-sky imaging, spectroscopy, and radio astronomy.


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I was really interested in this book what a disappointment, the first 1/3 of the book is given over to a dumbed down description of the history of radio astronomy and science behind that anyone with a basic grasp of the subject and physics (as anyone interested in this book will almost certainty have) will find patronising in the extreme. The remainder of the information is largely recycled from readily available information on the internet and frequent repetition of basic facts, for example I gave up counting how many we were told Super SID relied on the high power transmitters some counties use to to communicate with their submarines!
You'll find it far more informative to use your Google skills to find out about things like Super SID and Radio Jove than devoting that time to reading this tome!
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I too was a bit disappointed with this book. It doesn't really explain radio astronomy at all and it's quite expensive at £20. If you want to get some (free) introduction, go to[...] and download the pdf, great place to start.
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Ariived pronto! Descriptive chapters are a joy to read, essentials are addrsed simple soldering techniques are covered, and lots of help along the way, i enjoyed the book for it's own sake but now am spured on to get my hands dirty doing radio astronomy too! And amazon are first class suppliers for the electronic components needed !! All told a worthwhile purchase with follow up data sources available too! If youve got a passing interest in this 'branch' of Astronomy , buy it!1 I assure you you will not be dissapointed........T.
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