Spectrography for the Amateur - Lecture Series from 2003 Oleron Meeting

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Spectrography for the Amateur - Lecture Series from 2003 Oleron Meeting

Astronomical Spectrography for AmateursMay, 2003 Lectures - Oleron, France

The French National Centre for Scientific Research, or CNRS (Centre national de la recherche scientifique) held the 8th annual astrophysics school for professionals and amateurs in Oleron, France in May of 2003. The book, Astronomical Spectrography for Amateurs, is a compilation of lectures on spectrography from that gathering from such well-known amateurs and professionals as Christian Buil, Alain Klotz, Valerie Desnoux, Jean-Pierre Rozelot, Coralie Neiner, Nicholas Biver, and Agnes Acker.

The Physics of Light for Optical Spectroscopy by Alain Klotz. The first chapter provides an in-depth study of the physics of light in the field of optical spectroscopy. Alain is a professional astronomer working on Gamma Ray Burst and is actively involved in the amateur community through development of AUDELA open source software as well as robotic applications.

Spectrographs in Amateur Astronomy by Christian Buil. A well-known amateur astronomer working professionally at the CNES space organization, Christian Buil describes some spectrographs for amateur spectroscopy.

Spectral Data Reduction by Valerie Desnoux. The famous author of the free software VisualSpec, widely used among the amateur spectroscopy community, describes the process of spectral data reduction.

The Sun's Spectra: Coding the Light and Sounds. Application to Other Stars by Jean-Pierre Rozelot. Jean-Pierre Rozelot, the organizer of the first Pro/Am school, provides an excellent review of our knowledge about the Sun and how the study of pressure and gravity waves is teaching us about the interior of the Sun.

Spectroscopy of Be Stars by Coralie Neiner. Coralie is the co-editor of this book and a professional astronomer from Paris Observatory. In this lecture, she provides a key review of non-supergiant B-type stars that show emission lines. This field has been particularly active since Oleron 2003 in terms of Pro/Am collaboration.

Cometary Spectroscopy by Nicolas Biver. Cometary spectroscopy is described in detail by Nicolas Biver, a professional astronomer from Paris Observatory but also an amateur astronomer who sketches comets with his Dobsonian from his backyard. In this article, Nicolas details the molecules that can be seen in a comet's spectra.

Spectrometry of Nebulae by Agnes Acker. A professional astronomer who specialized in planetary nebulae at Strasbourg Observatory, Agnes Acker describes the spectrometry of nebulae; how the nebular emission lines are formed, how to calculate the nebular temperature and nebular density using the optical spectrum, etc.

 

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