More Telescope Power : All New Activities and Projects for Young Astronomers

More Telescope Power : All New Activities and Projects for Young Astronomers

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  • 言語 ENG
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Full Description

Discover the power of your telescope as you explore the vast reaches of the universe Want to explore Mars? Observe Jupiter's cloud bands? Visit a galaxy that's almost 2 million light years away? With More Telescope Power, you can do all of that and more! Under the guidance of experienced astronomer Gregory Matloff, you'll uncover the full potential of your telescope as you take a fascinating tour of the universe. Along the way you'll learn plenty of new observation techniques, including: using various eyepieces and filters; tracking satellites; observing comets and meteors; using sunspots to determine solar rotation; and much, much more. Filled with dozens of all-new stargazing projects and observing activities, this detailed guide also contains plenty of helpful illustrations such as finder charts, lunar and solar eclipse tables, diagrams, and photos. Whether you're a science teacher searching for simple telescope projects, an amateur astronomer just learning to use your new telescope, or a science student with a yen for the stars, you'll find everything you're looking for in More Telescope Power.

Table of Contents

  Introduction: Tools of the Astronomer.
Limitations of Early Astronomers.
An Astronomical Revolution.
Telescope Evolution and Accessories.
1 The Many Satellites of Earth.
A Short History of the Early Space Age.
ACTIVITY 1-1. Observing Satellites in Low
Earth Orbit.
Orbits and Conic Sections.
Acceleration, Mass, and Force.
Gravity and Orbits.
ACTIVITY 1-2. Estimating the Velocity of a
Satellite in LEO.
ACTIVITY 1-3. Can You See Any Detail on a
Large Satellite in LEO?
Geosynchronous Orbits.
Other Satellite Observations.
2 Dust Grains from Heaven.
Types of Meteors.
The Origin of Meteors.
Observing Meteors.
ACTIVITY 2-1. Preparing Finder Charts for a
Meteor Shower.
ACTIVITY 2-2. Meteor-Observing Party.
ACTIVITY 2-3. Estimating Meteor Track Length.
Meteors, Meteorites, and Life.
3 The Moon.
Physical Characteristics and Motions of the
ACTIVITY 3-1. Observing the Eccentricity of
the Moonニs Orbit .
The Moonニs Phases.
ACTIVITY 3-2. Keeping Track of Lunar and
Solar Motions.
Moon Features.
ACTIVITY 3-3. Simulating Crater Formation.
ACTIVITY 3-4. The Rays of Copernicus.
ACTIVITY 3-5. The Central Peak of Tycho.
ACTIVITY 3-6. The Mountains near Schickard.
ACTIVITY 3-7. Masking Your Telescopeニs
Eclipses of the Moon and the Sun.
Lunar Occultations.
ACTIVITY 3-8. Observing Lunar Occultations.
The Moon and Earthニs Tides.
ACTIVITY 3-9. Observing the Moonニs Effect on
the Tides.
The Astronautニs Moon.
4 Comets.
Comets in Myth and History.
Visual Aspects of Comets.
ACTIVITY 4-1. Sketching a Comet As Viewed
through Your Telescope.
ACTIVITY 4-2. Estimating the Size of a
Cometニs Coma.
ACTIVITY 4-3. Keeping Track of a Cometニs
ACTIVITY 4-4. Observing Changes in a Cometニs
Where Do Comets Come From?
ACTIVITY 4-5. Observing Stellar Occultations
by Comets.
Comets and the Solar Systemニs Evolution.
Comet Exploration.
ACTIVITY 4-6. Comet Viewing with Color
5 The Sun.
The Visible Sun.
Observing the Sun.
ACTIVITY 5-1. The Sunニs Spectrum.
The Solar Interior.
The Active Sun and the Earth.
ACTIVITY 5-2. Using Sunspot Observations to
Determine Solar Rotation.
ACTIVITY 5-3. Monitoring Solar Activity.
Solar Energy.
The Sunニs Future.
6 The Planets.
The Planets in History.
ACTIVITY 6-1. A Scale Model of Solar-System
Distances and Planet Sizes.
Types of Planets.
Viewing the Planets.
ACTIVITY 6-2. Observing Mercury.
ACTIVITY 6-3. Observing the Atmosphere of
ACTIVITY 6-4. Observing Venusニs Phases and
Changes in Size.
ACTIVITY 6-5. Coordinated Mars Observations.
ACTIVITY 6-6. Atmospheric Variation and
Marsニs Canals.
ACTIVITY 6-7. Observing the Jovian Moons with
a Reticle Eyepiece.
ACTIVITY 6-8. Identifying the Large Moons of
Jupiter by Brightness.
ACTIVITY 6-9. Filter and Reticle Observations
of Jupiterニs Cloud Bands and the Great Red
ACTIVITY 6-10. Observing and Estimating the
Size of Saturnニs Rings.
ACTIVITY 6-11. Observing Saturn through Color
7 The Stars.
The Variety of Stars.
The Significance of Star Colors.
Binary and Multiple Stars.
ACTIVITY 7-1. Observing Some Colorful Binary
Mizar and Alcor.
ACTIVITY 7-2. Reticle Observations of Binary
ACTIVITY 7-3. Color-Filter Observations of
Binary Stars.
Variable Stars.
Deep-Sky Objects.
ACTIVITY 7-4. Observing M42 through Color
ACTIVITY 7-5. Counting the Pleiades.
ACTIVITY 7-6. The Milky Way Galaxy and M31,
the Great Spiral Galaxy in Andromeda.
Appendix A: A Note about Measurement.
Appendix B: How to Use a Reticle Eyepiece.
Appendix C: Lunar and Solar Eclipse Table.
Appendix D: Planet Data Table.
Appendix E: Seasonal Finder Charts.
Reading List: To Dig Deeper.