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A Spectroscopic Atlas of Bright Stars
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.