introduces the basics of observational astronomy, a fundamentally limitless opportunity to learn about the universe with your unaided eyes or with tools such as binoculars, telescopes, and cameras. The easy to use book explains the motions of celestial objects, coordinate systems and their use in basic observations of the night sky. You will learn how to use widely accessible resources to determine what is visible (and when it is visible) from their particular location. Distinct attention is paid to the dependence of the appearance and motion on your location, by extending the discussion to include various latitudes in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.
This approach provides a better understanding of the night sky and makes the material more interesting and relevant around the world. You don't need any mathematical skill or technical knowledge to quickly grasp the concepts of basic astronomy, nor do you need expensive equipment to look up at the night sky and understand what you see. If you do have or plan to acquire a telescope, Visual Astronomy
will teach you the fundamentals, and help you select the right accessories and get the most out of it.
The discussion includes topics of current interest such as super Moons, blood Moons, comparison of astronomical and astrological constellations etc. Links to major facilities and reliable resources around the world make this an excellent learning tool for the new hobbyist or for teachers who wish to show their students why visual astronomy is a lifetime love for millions.
Table of Contents
The Celestial Sphere and Apparent Motion of the Sun
Motion and Phases of the Moon
Comets, Meteoroids, and Meteor Showers
Constellations, Asterisms and Star Names
Appendix A: Measuring Angles
Appendix B: Measuring Distance in Astronomy
Appendix C: Time Keeping
Star Magnitude Systems and Distance Modulus
About the Author(s)Panos Photinos
, Southern Oregon University
Panos Photinos is a Professor of Physics at Southern Oregon University. He joined SOU in 1989 and he teaches Introductory Astronomy, Observational Astronomy and Cosmology. Panos completed his undergraduate degree in physics at the National University of Athens, Greece and received his doctorate in physics from Kent State University. He started naked-eye observations as a child in the Red Sea and later upgraded to a pair of Merchant brass binoculars in Alexandria, Egypt, and his homeland of Ikaria, Greece. He has stargazed from the five continents, sharing his fascination with the night sky with students of all ages. He lives near Mt. Ashland where he enjoys the beautiful skies of southern Oregon from his backyard with his wife Shelley.