Using Commercial Amateur Astronomical Spectrographs by Jeffrey L. HopkinsUsing Commercial Amateur Astronomical Spectrographs by Jeffrey L. Hopkins

Using Commercial Amateur Astronomical Spectrographs

byJeffrey L. Hopkins

Paperback | December 2, 2013

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Amateur astronomers interested in learning more about astronomical spectroscopy now have the guide they need. It provides detailed information about how to get started inexpensively with low-resolution spectroscopy, and then how to move on to more advanced high-resolution spectroscopy. Uniquely, the instructions concentrate very much on the practical aspects of using commercially-available spectroscopes, rather than simply explaining how spectroscopes work.

The book includes a clear explanation of the laboratory theory behind astronomical spectrographs, and goes on to extensively cover the practical application of astronomical spectroscopy in detail. Four popular and reasonably-priced commercially available diffraction grating spectrographs are used as examples. The first is a low-resolution transmission diffraction grating, the Star Analyser spectrograph. The second is an inexpensive fiber optic coupled bench spectrograph that can be used to learn more about spectroscopy. The third is a newcomer, the ALPY 600 spectrograph. The fourth spectrograph considered is at the other end of the market both in performance and cost, the high-resolution Lhires III. While considerably more expensive, this is a popular and excellent scientific instrument, that allows more advanced amateur astronomers to produce scientifically valuable data.

With all of these tools in place, the amateur astronomer is well-prepared to forger deeper into the night sky using spectroscopy.

Jeffrey Hopkins was born and raised in upstate New York. The area instilled a wonder of the night sky with its multitude of stars and interesting objects, but most of the time clouds prevented astronomical observing. In 1974, he moved to Arizona, an ideal place for practical astronomy. Even in suburban Phoenix, the night skies are clea...
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Title:Using Commercial Amateur Astronomical SpectrographsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:286 pagesPublished:December 2, 2013Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3319014412

ISBN - 13:9783319014418

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Table of Contents

From the Contents: Part I Introduction to Spectroscopy.- Spectroscopy Theory.- Astronomical Spectroscopy Theory.- Part II Using Amateur Spectrographs.- Equipment.- Taking Spectra.- Low Resolution Spectroscopy with a Star Analyser.- High Resolution with a Lhires III 2400/600 line/mm gratings.- Part III Spectrum Processing Software.- DIY (Excel).- RSpec.- Vspec.