Author: Michael E. Bakich
Release Date: 2016-06-01
In this book Astronomy Magazine editor Michael Bakich presents all the information you’ll need to be ready for the total solar eclipse that will cross the United States on August 21, 2017. In this one resource you’ll find out where the eclipse will occur, how to observe it safely, what you’ll experience during the eclipse, the best equipment to choose, how to photograph the event, detailed weather forecasts for locations where the Moon’s shadow will fall, and much more. Written in easy-to-understand language (and with a glossary for those few terms you may not be familiar with), this is the must-have reference for this unique occurrence. It’s not a stretch to say that this eclipse will prove to be the most viewed sky event in history. That’s why even now, more than a year before the eclipse, astronomy clubs, government agencies, cities — even whole states — are preparing for the unprecedented onslaught of visitors whose only desire is to experience darkness at midday. Bakich informs observers what anyone will need to observe, enjoy, and understand this event.
Author: Martin Mobberley
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
Release Date: 2007-07-05
This book is intended for amateur astronomers who are readers of Sky & Telescope magazine or similar astronomy periodicals – or are at least at the same level of knowledge and enthusiasm. Supernovae represent the most violent stellar explosions in the universe. This is a unique guide to supernova facts, and it is also an observing/discovery guide, all in one package. Supernovae are often discovered by amateur astronomers, and the book describes the best strategies for discovering and observing them. Moreover, it contains detailed information about the probable physics of supernovae, a subject which even today is imperfectly understood.
Author: Marc Nussbaum
Release Date: 2015-08-20
BLACK AND WHITE PRINT EDITION NOTE: For FULL COLOR EDITION, select "see all formats" above, and then click on triangle inside box on left of the word "Paperback." On Monday, August 21, 2017, the universe will reveal itself in an epic show more astonishing than anything ever devised by the magic of Hollywood or Disney. The Sun, Mother Nature's multi-gigaton, 24/7 nuclear inferno in the sky, is going to put on a show. This will be the first US coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in 99 years, placing totality within an over-night drive of 320 million Americans. This is the most complete guide to the 2017 eclipse that is available. It includes everything you need to plan a successful viewing experience, with dozens of tips from veteran eclipse chasers: * Where to see the eclipse and instructions on how to observe it safely. * Over seventy high-quality photographs, diagrams, detailed maps and tables. * Simple explanations for how it all works, including the corona, Baily's beads, the diamond ring and more. * What gear to take, including eye safety filters, binoculars, and how to get the best pictures from your camera or smartphone. The shadow of totality will carve a 2,527 mile path across U.S. territory-never touching land in any foreign country-making it the first ever "All American" Total Solar Eclipse. Beyond this narrow shadow of totality-about 60 miles wide-everyone else in the continental US will see a partial solar eclipse. This promises to be the most viewed and photographed eclipse in human history. Viewing a total solar eclipse is an emotional experience that should be on everyone's bucket list. In 2017 the eclipse will occur in our collective "backyard," an ideal time to take loved ones on an adventure of a lifetime. ______________ "Planning an eclipse trip without this book would be like traveling to Italy without reading Rick Steves' or Fodor's travel guide." - Craig Small, Hayden Planetarium Lecturer and Eclipse Chaser. "This book saved hours of research and gave me an appreciation of eclipse phenomena I didn't realize I was missing." - Ara Nazarian, Author of "Technical Minds" and Senior Vice President Engineering, WiTricity. About the Author: Marc Nussbaum has been developing high tech computer products for over 40 years. He is the President of Audible Rush and has served as CEO of Lantronix and SVP Engineering, Chief Technical Officer, and co-founder of Western Digital's hard drive business. He is an engineer, photographer and amateur astronomer. Marc has a BS in Physics from the State University of New York and chairs the science curriculum for the University of California Irvine Extension, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.
This book focuses (in its 5th edition) on the eclipses of 2017, especially the solar eclipse that will cross America from Oregon to South Carolina on August 21; but it is about all eclipses. It methodically explains why eclipses of the sun and moon happen, their intricate patterns in time and space - and why they are so exciting. There are page-spreads, with dynamic globe diagrams, for examples of the main kinds of eclipse and several curious cases such as a "broken-ring eclipse," a "geometrically tight eclipse," a "globe-skimming eclipse." Rich illustrations, including the 12-page "bead curtain" chart of all eclipses from 1901 to 2116; "Eclipse stories" (with some cartoons); eclipses of the future; tables; index.
Author: Fred Espenak
Release Date: 2015-05-01
On Monday, 2017 August 21, a total eclipse of the Sun will be visible from the contiguous United States for the first time since 1979. The track of the Moon's umbral shadow begins in the Pacific Ocean and crosses the nation from west to east through Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North and South Carolina. Inside the 70-mile-wide path of totality, the Moon will completely cover the Sun as the landscape is plunged into an eerie twilight and the Sun's glorious corona is revealed for nearly 3 minutes. Outside the narrow shadow track, a partial eclipse will be visible from all of North America.Eclipse Bulletin: Total Solar Eclipse of 2017 August 21 is the ultimate guide to this highly anticipated event. Written by two of the leading experts on eclipses, the bulletin is a treasure trove of facts on every conceivable aspect of the eclipse. The exact details about the path of the Moon's shadow can be found in a series of tables containing geographic coordinates, times, altitudes, and physical dimensions. A number of high resolution maps plot the total eclipse track across the USA. They show hundreds of cities and towns in the path, the duration of totality with distance from the central line and the location of major roads and highways. Local circumstance tables for more than 1000 cities across the USA provide times for each phase of the eclipse along with the eclipse magnitude, duration and Sun's altitude. Additional tables cover the eclipse circumstances for cities in Canada, Mexico, Central and South America and Europe. An exhaustive climatological study identifies areas along the eclipse path where the highest probability of favorable weather may be found. A travelogue highlights key locations in the eclipse track from Oregon through South Carolina. Finally, comprehensive information is presented about solar filters and how to safely observe and photograph the eclipse.
Author: Alan Dyer
Publisher: Alan Dyer
Release Date: 2017-02-27
Learn how to photograph the total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017, with a wide range of techniques and camera gear: Simple point-and-shoot and mobile phone cameras DSLR and Mirrorless still cameras Video cameras Wide-angle lenses and long telephotos Telescopes, both tracking the sky and untracked In this 290-page ebook, you’ll learn: What to expect to see and what to shoot. How to shoot simple grab shots and eclipse “selfies.” What types of cameras are best. What tripod features are best. What filters to use and when to remove them. How to shoot wide-angle still images. How to set up time-lapse sequences. How to frame scenes for time-lapses and composites. How to plan great shots above scenic landmarks. How to shoot close-ups of totality. What focal lengths are best for framing the Sun. What types of telescopes and mounts are best. How to align tracking mounts in the daytime. How to focus and avoid image blurring from sky motion. What the best exposures will be. When to shoot on auto exposure vs. manual. How to plan shoots with single or multiple cameras. How to automate a camera. Tips on last-minute moves to avoid clouds. What can go wrong and how to avoid the common mistakes. How to capture the eclipse and still see it! And finally … How to process your eclipse photos, from simple wide-angle scenes to complex multi-exposure stacks and composites The book contains: • Dozens of sky charts made specifically for the 2017 eclipse, and for both the eastern and western United States, to show how to frame the scene with a range of focal lengths, and for planning your shoot. • Active links to websites for equipment suppliers and for detailed eclipse maps and times for your site. • Step-by-step tutorials take you through processing, from basic developing of Raw files, to assembling time-lapse movies, and stacking images for composites, plus blending of multiple exposures with luminosity masks. What’s in the book — Chapter 1: Introduction A summary of the techniques the book explains. Chapter 2: The Eclipse Experience What you will see and experience during the eclipse, with the naked eye and through optics. Eclipse etiquette. Chapter 3: Where to Go Where you need to be in the path of totality. Plan B options. Chapter 4: Eclipse Photo Fundamentals Choosing filters. Shooting partial phases vs. totality. Chapter 5: Shooting Wide-Angle Stills Choosing cameras (from simple to complex) and lenses. Choosing exposures and other settings. Framing options, for capturing easy but dramatic wide-angle scenes and panoramas. Chapter 6: Shooting Close-Up Stills Choosing cameras, lenses, and telescopes for detailed close-ups. Tracking mounts vs. untracked tripods. Setting up a tracking telescope. Focusing tips. Recommended exposure sequences. Framing the corona. Practice tips for shooting the Moon. Chapter 7: Shooting Time-Lapses Setting up wide-angle and close-up time-lapses. Framing the motion of the Sun. Tracking the Sun. Controlling the camera. Chapter 8: Shooting Video Video camera and lens options. Setting exposures. Chapter 9: Shooting Composites Planning a multiple exposure composite. Framing the scene. Wide-angle vs. close-up sequences. Chapter 10: What Can Go Wrong? Common equipment and user malfunctions! Checklists. Operating multiple cameras and shooting plans. Automating a camera. Cloudy options. Contingency plans. Chapter 11: Processing Eclipse Images Workflows. Photoshop basics. Developing Raw images. Processing wide-angle scenes and close-ups of the corona. Processing time-lapse sequences. Stacking composites. Stacking and merging multi-exposure blends with HDR and luminosity masks. Chapter 12: Conclusion Advice for eclipse newbies. Future eclipses. Where to learn more – for detailed maps and information on your site.
Author: Mark Littmann
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Release Date: 2017-05-01
Totality: The Great American Eclipses is a complete guide to the most stunning of celestial sights, total eclipses of the Sun. It focuses on the eclipses of August 21, 2017 and April 8, 2024 that pass across the United States. The U.S. mainland has not experienced a total solar eclipse since1979. This book provides information, photographs, and illustrations to help the public understand and safely enjoy all aspects of these eclipses including:* How to observe a total eclipse of the Sun* How to photograph and video record an eclipse* Why solar eclipses happen* The earliest attempts to understand and predict eclipses* The mythology and folklore of eclipses* The response of animals to total solar eclipses* The response of man to total eclipses through time* How scientists used total eclipses to understand how the Sun works* How astronomers used a total solar eclipse in 1919 to confirm Einstein's general theory of relativity* Weather prospects for the 2017 eclipse* Detailed maps of the path of totality for the 2017 eclipse and the eclipses of 2018 through 2024* Precise local times for the eclipses of 2017 and 2024 (the next total solar eclipse to visit the U.S.)* Color and black-and-white photographs, diagrams, and charts to illustrate and explain total solar eclipses * Global maps of total solar eclipses from 2017 to 2045 and lists of total and annual solar eclipses from 1970 through 2070
Bob Mizon, one of the world’s best known campaigners against the veil of light pollution that has taken away the starry sky from most of the world’s population, takes readers to a hundred places in the UK and the USA where the wonders of the night sky might still be enjoyed in perfect or near-perfect night skies. Visiting small hotels and simple campsites, and savoring vast dark-sky reserves where the night sky is actively protected, The Million-Star Hotel celebrates the black skies of yesteryear – which may become a reality for more and more of us as modern technology reins in lighting and puts it only where needed. How can you prepare for your stay beneath the stars? What astronomy can you do during the daytime? What kind of equipment will you need? Questions such as these are answered, and if town dwellers return inspired – and, Bob hopes, also inspired to look with fresh eyes at their own local lighting – there is enough information here for them to equip themselves for some urban astronomy too.
A total eclipse of the Sun is the most awesome sight in the heavens. Totality: Eclipses of the Sun takes you to eclipses of the past, present, and future, and lets you see - and feel - why people travel to the ends of the Earth to observe them. Totality: Eclipses of the Sun is the best guide and reference book on solar eclipses ever written. It explains: how to observe them; how to photograph and videotape them; why they occur; their history and mythology; and future eclipses - when and where to see them Totality also tells the remarkable story of how eclipses shocked scientists, revealed the workings of the Sun, and made Einstein famous. And the book shares the experiences and advice of many veteran eclipse observers. Totality: Eclipses of the Sun is profusely illustrated with stunning photographs (many in color) and more than a hundred maps and diagrams. It can be read by lay people and astronomers with ease and enjoyment.
On August 21, 2017, more than ten million Americans will experience an awe-inspiring phenomenon: the first total eclipse of the sun in America in almost forty years. In Sun Moon Earth, astronomer Tyler Nordgren illustrates how this most seemingly unnatural of natural phenomena was transformed from a fearsome omen to a tourist attraction. From the astrologers of ancient China and Babylon to the high priests of the Maya, Sun Moon Earth takes us around the world to show how different cultures interpreted these dramatic events. Greek philosophers discovered eclipsesÕ cause and used them to measure their world and the cosmos beyond. Victorian-era scientists mounted eclipse expeditions during the age of globe-spanning empires. And modern-day physicists continue to use eclipses to confirm EinsteinÕs theory of relativity. Beautifully illustrated and lyrically written, Sun Moon Earth is the ideal guide for all eclipse watchers and star gazers alike.
Author: Robert Gendler
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
Release Date: 2013-08-13
There are currently thousands of amateur astronomers around the world engaged in astrophotography at a sophisticated level. Their ranks far outnumber professional astronomers doing the same and their contributions both technically and artistically are the dominant drivers of progress in the field today. This book is a unique collaboration of individuals world-renowned in their particular area and covers in detail each of the major sub-disciplines of astrophotography. This approach offers the reader the greatest opportunity to learn the most current information and the latest techniques directly from the foremost innovators in the field today. “Lessons from the Masters” includes a brilliant body of recognized leaders in astronomical imaging, assembled by Robert Gendler, who delivers the most current, sophisticated and useful information on digital enhancement techniques in astrophotography available today. Each chapter focuses on a particular technique, but the book as a whole covers all types of astronomical image processing, including processing of events such as eclipses, using DSLRs, and deep-sky, planetary, widefield, and high resolution astronomical image processing. Recognized contributors include deep-sky experts such as Jay GaBany, Tony Hallas, and Ken Crawford, high-resolution planetary expert Damian Peach, and the founder of TWAN (The World at Night) Babak A. Tafreshi. A large number of illustrations (150, 75 in color) present the challenges and accomplishments involved in the processing of astronomical images by enthusiasts.
Where will you spend your time in the moon's shadow? This is your guide to over 1,000 places to see the total eclipse of the sun on August 21, 2017. Parks, national monuments, airports, lakes, rivers, resorts, wildlife refuges, overlooks, campgrounds & RV parks, trails, bluffs, conservation areas and many more sites where totality will occur. Includes street address, GPS coordinates, totality starting time and a scannable QR code to launch a map in your smartphone for every site. Weather, safety, viewing site selection and road trip planning information also included.
This astronomy travel guide exposes the many wonderful opportunities for experiencing the observing hobby farther afield. Amateur astronomy is often consigned to observing from home or from a local park, yet it can be much more. Treadwell explores all the possibilities of astronomical and space-related activities that are available on day trips and longer vacations. These activities range from observatory visits and other simple ways to build an astronomy event into a holiday, to full blown specialized astronomy travel. There are a wide variety of activities offered for all budgets, often at popular holiday destinations. Many trips give the opportunity to visit the world’s famous attractions. On most vacations it can be a matter of just taking a day (or night) out of your schedule to fit in an astronomy event, but larger, dedicated pilgrimages are also possible. How to make the most of astronomy potential on a holiday, whether observing on the beach in Hawaii with the Telescope Guy or visiting the summit of Mauna Kea, is covered in detail. There are a wide variety of activities for all budgets, covering many popular travel destinations. The Star Party scene is also explored, with practical advice on how to get the most out of these events and the National Parks and Dark Sky Parks events. Additionally, there are now numerous opportunities with various conventions and specialist events to meet an astronaut. Information is also given about the numerous ways of enjoying the Northern Lights, including aurora flights and one-off events such as eclipses and desert skies. For the more adventurous, there are visits to Star City in Russia for cosmonaut training or even witnessing a launch or landing at the Baikonur Centre in Kazakhstan. Amateur astronomers of all levels will find the right match for their travel and star gazing bug in these pages.
Author: Jay M. Pasachoff
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Release Date: 1993-11-18
Unique among amateur astronomy books, The Cambridge Eclipse Photography Guide describes everything a viewer needs to know to observe and photograph the solar and lunar eclipses in the 1990s. It gives maps and descriptions of where and how to watch forthcoming eclipses, with particular attention to two popularly-awaited solar eclipses: an annular eclipse (where a ring of sunlight is visible around the moon) that will cross the United States in 1994, and a total eclipse that will pass over Europe in 1999. The authors also describe past eclipse expeditions, capturing the excitement of the observers. Well illustrated with color and black-and-white eclipse photographs, The Cambridge Eclipse Photography Guide will be an invaluable handbook for those who wish to witness--with safety and understanding--one of nature's most spectacular events. Michael A. Covington is the author of Astrophotography for the Amateur (Cambridge University Press, 1985, 1991). Jay M. Pasachoff, is the author of one of the bestselling astronomy books of all time--Contemporary Astronomy (1989)--as well as many popular Peterson Guides on astronomical subjects.