Astrophotography with the Schmidt telescope /

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Author / Creator:Marx, Siegfried, 1934-
Uniform title:Himmelsfotografie mit Schmidt-Teleskopen. English
Imprint:Cambridge, England ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1992.
Description:ix, 165 p. : ill. ; 31 cm.
Subject:Astronomical photography
Schmidt telescopes
Astronomical photography.
Schmidt telescopes.
Format: Print Book
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Other authors / contributors:Pfau, Werner
ISBN:0521395496 (hardback)
Notes:Translation of: Himmelsfotografie mit Schmidt-Teleskopen
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Marx and Pfau discuss astronomy as a natural science, the construction of telescopes, the design of the Schmidt telescope, and the life of its inventor, Bernhard Schmidt. The collection of 43 high-quality black-and-white photographs taken with the world's largest Schmidt telescopes vividly demonstrates why the Schmidt's ability to photograph large areas of the sky has made it such an important research tool. Although the extensive descriptions that accompany each photograph are valuable, there are annoying errors, and the writing (translated from German) is often awkward and potentially confusing to a reader not already knowledgeable about astronomy. Hans Vehrenberg's The Atlas of Deep Sky Splendors (4th ed., 1983) has a much more extensive collection of Schmidt photographs (albeit taken with a smaller telescope and so of lower quality) that are especially useful because they are all reproduced at the same image scale. The book under review is an appropriate choice, however, for undergraduate-level libraries with extensive astronomy collections that already include Vehrenberg's book. T. Barker; Wheaton College (MA)

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