Modern Astrometry (Lecture Notes in Computer Science)
Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.
Publisher: Date:Unknown - Springer
By: Jean Kovalevsky
This introduction to practical astrometry deals with the determination of the positions, motions, distances and dimensions of celestial bodies ranging from quasars to artificial satellites. The main part is devoted to a description of instruments and observing techniques. It also sketches the actual treatment of observations of physical quantities, and deals with the basic properties of optical instruments. A detailed description is given of the atmospheric effects on observations. Although classical astrometric methods (photography, meridian circles, astrolabes) are described, emphasis is placed on new, more precise techniques such as CCD, optical and radio interferometry, and space astrometry.