Using Commercial Amateur Astronomical Spectrographs by Jeffrey L. Hopkins

Using Commercial Amateur Astronomical Spectrographs

byJeffrey L. Hopkins

Kobo ebook | November 19, 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.

Title:Using Commercial Amateur Astronomical SpectrographsFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:November 19, 2013Publisher:Springer International PublishingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3319014420

ISBN - 13:9783319014425

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