Amateur astronomy is a hobby where participants enjoy observing or imaging celestial objects in the sky using the unaided eyebinocularsor telescopes. Even though scientific research may not be their primary goal, some amateur astronomers make contributions in doing citizen sciencesuch as by monitoring variable stars double stars  sunspots or occultations of stars by the Moon  or asteroids or by discovering transient astronomical eventssuch as comets galactic novae  or supernovae in other galaxies. Amateur astronomers do not use the field of astronomy as their primary source of income or support, and usually have no professional degree in astrophysics or advanced academic training in the subject.
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Springer, With the advent of CCDs and webcams, the focus of amateur astronomy has to some extent shifted from science to art. The object of many amateur astronomers is now to produce stunning images that, although beautiful, are not intended to have scientific merit. Paul Abel has been addressing this issue by promoting visual astronomy wherever possible — at
From how to choose and use telescopes to identifying targets and planning observing activities, learn everything you need to get started in amateur astronomy at Royal Observatory Greenwich. This course is designed for those interested in taking up astronomy as a hobby, and may be studied independently without prior knowledge. It is also an ideal follow-on course for those who have attended Introduction to Astronomy.
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Amateur astronomy. A comprehensive and practical survey. The present book updates the edition by the first two authors.
No eBook available Amazon. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. I nearly missed the real gem in this book, which is found in the last seventy or so pages.
By John Gribbin. The David Levy who is coauthor of this book, for example, is the same Levy as in Shoemaker-Levy, a team that gained worldwide fame last year when one of many comets bearing its name crashed into Jupiter. For centuries, the prospect of such astronomical immortality has kept amateurs eagerly scanning the skies, drawing the attention of the professionals with their large telescopes to anything unusual that they come across.