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The Cambridge Double Star Atlas

2nd Edition


  • Date Published: December 2015
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Spiral bound
  • isbn: 9781107534209

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  • The Cambridge Double Star Atlas is back! It is the first and only atlas of physical double stars that can be viewed with amateur astronomical instruments. Completely rewritten, this new edition explains the latest research into double stars, and looks at the equipment, techniques and opportunities that will enable you to discover, observe and measure them. The target list has been completely revised and extended to 2500 binary or multiple systems. Each system is described with the most recent and accurate data from the authoritative Washington Double Star Catalog, including the HD and SAO numbers that are most useful in our digital age. Hundreds of remarks explain the attributes of local, rapidly changing, often measured or known orbital systems. The color atlas charts by Wil Tirion have been updated to help you easily find and identify the target systems, as well as other deep-sky objects. This is an essential reference for double star observers.

    • This new edition focuses on physical double and multiple systems, providing the most accurate data available on 2500 systems
    • Provides a general introduction to the current theory and research on double stars and contains advice on the best observing equipment and techniques
    • Includes new illustrations by Wil Tirion, tables of useful formulas, illustrative binary orbits, and major historical catalogs as a one-stop reference on double stars
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This comprehensive update of a popular star atlas amongst the double star community is to be welcomed. The catalogue has also been extensively and logically revised with more accessibility for the amateur telescope as the guiding theme.' R. W. Argyle, Director, Webb Society Double Star Section, and author of Observing and Measuring Visual Double Stars

    'The Cambridge Double Star Atlas has long been a valuable resource to double star observers. This second edition has a much more detailed introduction describing binary stars, their orbits and properties, observing tools, and techniques. The double star target list has been expanded to include more information about each double star such as position angle, spectral types, and distances. Even if you already have the first edition, this second edition is a worthwhile upgrade.' R. Kent Clark, Editor, Journal of Double Star Observations

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: December 2015
    • format: Spiral bound
    • isbn: 9781107534209
    • length: 170 pages
    • dimensions: 305 x 245 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.84kg
    • contains: 6 b/w illus. 62 maps 5 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    What are double stars?
    The binary orbit
    Double star dynamics
    Stellar mass and the binary life cycle
    The double star population
    Detecting double stars
    Double star catalogs
    Telescope optics
    Preparing to observe
    Helpful accessories
    Viewing challenges
    Next steps
    Appendices: target list
    Useful formulas
    Double star orbits
    Double star catalogs
    The Greek alphabet.

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    Bruce MacEvoy
    Bruce MacEvoy is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and member of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. A lifelong astronomer and member of the Sonoma County Astronomical Society, he has studied double stars intensively since 2006. He has lectured on double star astronomy in California and Hawaii, developed database software to edit the Washington Double Star Catalog, and has observed over 5,300 double star systems from his observatory near Sebastopol, California. He was formerly a senior research psychologist with SRI International and Director of Research for Yahoo! He also curates one of the largest websites devoted to astronomical topics,

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    Wil Tirion
    Wil Tirion is a full-time uranographer. He is famous among the amateur astronomy community for the numerous atlases and star charts he has created. Among his other successful books for Cambridge University Press are Sky Atlas 2000.0 (co-published with Sky Publishing), The Cambridge Star Atlas, The Monthly Sky Guide, and A Walk Through the Heavens. A full list of Wil Tirion's publications are available on his website:

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