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Julius L. Benton jr.
Astronomers' Observing Guides
Saturn and How to Observe It

This new series is designed especially for practical amateur astronomers who not only want to observe, but want to know the details of exactly what they are looking at. Saturn is the second largest planet in the solar system, and the only one with a spectacular ring system that is easily visible from Earth. Saturn is a gas-giant, a huge world dominated by its rings and a retinue of moons. It is probably the most commonly observed and imaged planet for amateur astronomers, because it is always changing - the moons move visibly in the course of an hour, the weather systems on the planet change, and the orientation of the ring alters this way and that.

The concept of the book - and the series - is to present an up-to-date detailed description (part one); and then (part two) to consider how best to observe and record the planet, its moons and its ring system successfully.

"Saturn and How to Observe It" is a mine of information for all levels of amateur observers, from the beginner to the experienced.

Table of contents
  • Introduction.
  • Saturn as a Planet.
  • Telescopes and Accessories.
  • Factors that Affect Observations.
  • Visual Impressions of Saturn's Globe and Ring System.
  • Drawing Saturn and its Rings.
  • Methods of Visual Photometry and Colorimetry.
  • Determining Latitudes and Timing CM Transits.
  • Observing Saturn's Satellites.
  • A Primer on Imaging Saturn and its Ring System.
  • References.
  • Appendix A.
  • Tables.

Springer Berlin, 2006, 300 S.
26,70 Euro
Broschiert, w. 86 col. and 10 b&w figs.
ISBN: 978-1-85233-887-9

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