Star Clusters and How to Observe Them

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Springer, Dec 15, 2005 - Nature - 212 pages
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ASTRONOMERS’ OBSERVING GUIDES provide up-to-date information for amateur astronomers who want to know all about what it is they are observing. This is the basis of the first part of the book. The second part details observing techniques for practical astronomers, working with a range of different instruments.

Star Clusters and How to Observe Them is a mine of information for all levels of amateur observers, from beginners to experienced observers. It begins with a detailed yet easily assimilated description of star clusters, how they were formed as our Milky Way galaxy evolved, and how they are classified. The latest research has revealed a vast amount of fascinating information about the clusters, along with some spectacular photographs.

Modern commercially-made telescopes enable amateur astronomers to see a surprising amount of detail, and to record – using CCD cameras, video, webcams or even film – some remarkably beautiful and detailed images. There is detailed information on using refractors, reflectors, SCT’s (like Meade and Celestron) and computer-controlled telescopes

The book includes an Observing List cataloguing star clusters to be observed or imaged using a variety of different instruments, all of them available commercially to amateur astronomers.

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Mark Allison is a freelance database consultant
working for various blue-chip organizations in London. Mark likes to work both as a development DBA/database architect and as a production DBA to keep his feet on the ground. Mark is also cofounder of Allison Mitchell Database Consultants Ltd., a successful database-consulting firm based in southeast England. Mark is a SQL Server MCP and was awarded the title of MVP by Microsoft in 2002.

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