Introduction to Astronomical Photometry

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Cambridge University Press, 2007 - Nature - 434 pages
Completely updated, this second edition gives a broad review of astronomical photometry to provide an understanding of astrophysics from a data-based perspective. It explains the underlying principles of the instruments used, and the applications and inferences derived from measurements. Each chapter has been fully revised to account for the latest developments, including the use of CCDs. Highly illustrated, this book provides an overview and historical background of the subject before reviewing the main themes within astronomical photometry. The central chapters focus on the practical design of the instruments and methodology used. The book concludes by discussing specialised topics in stellar astronomy, concentrating on the information derived from the analysis of the light curves of variable stars and close binary systems. It includes numerous bibliographic notes and a glossary of terms. It is ideal for graduate students, academic researchers and advanced amateurs interested in practical and observational astronomy.
 

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Contents

Overview
1
Introduction
11
Underlying essentials
39
Themes of astronomical photometry
72
Practicalities
161
Procedures
204
Basic light curve analysis
247
Period changes in variable stars
279
Close binary systems
310
Spotted stars
341
Pulsating stars
375
Appendix
411
Subject index
421
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About the author (2007)

Edwin Budding is a Research Fellow at the Carter Observatory, New Zealand, and a Visiting Professor at the Çanakkale University, Turkey.

Osman Demircan is Head of the Physics Department and Director of Ulupinar Observatory of Çanakkale University, Turkey.

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