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Double Star Astrometry: Collaborations, Implementations, and Advanced Techniques

Edited by Eric Weise, Russell M. Genet, and Vera Wallen 

Foreword by Jolyon M. Johnson

Softcover • $29.95

This book is an essential tool for the double star community; it contains information for many types of observers. The advanced observer can read about cutting edge techniques like speckle and intensity interferometry, and multiple time domain observations, techniques which are becoming more and more accessible thanks to the proliferation of both large and small telescopes and the increasing accessibility of high speed cameras. The teacher who wants to implement a structured pedagogical introduction to scientific research can take the examples of student research in this volume as templates for their project. Astronomers interested in connecting with the double star community can read behind the scene's accounts of several institutions which bring together groups of double star astronomers; namely, the Society for Astronomical Sciences, the Double Star Committee of the French Astronomical Society, and the United States Naval Observatory. The observer who wants to try a new observing method can read up on tested techniques in speckle interferometry and asteroidal occultation, or can contemplate the issues hindering the implementation of intensity interferometry. 


Double Star Astrometry is suitable for an observatory library, classroom, or home bookshelf. The editors want to inspire new collaborations and new research projects, and to encourage cohesion between the diverse groups of astronomers in the double star community.

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Hardcover • $29.95

About the Editors

Russell M. Genet is the founder of the Astronomy Research Seminars. He is a Research Scholar in Residence at California Polytechnic University, an Adjunct Professor of Astronomy at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, CA, and an Editor of the Journal of Double Star Observations.

Jolyon Johnson is a physics teacher at Sammamish High School in Bellevue, Washington and also an Editor of the Journal of Double Star Observations. He was also a participant and long-time assistant instructor in the original Astronomy Research Seminars.

Vera Wallen is a retired public school district superintendent and teacher with 40 years experience in education. Dr. Wallen focused her career on leading special students to achieve their full potential and maximizing faculty application of the latest learning research. A life-long dreamer of space travel, she took her first astronomy class from Russ Genet at Cuesta College in her 10th year of retirement on the central coast of California and has served as copy editor for the first two volumes of the Alt-Az Initiative books.

Eric Weise is an amateur astronomer and an aspiring scientist. He has been involved in the double star community since he was in high school and has had the opportunity to work with many of the fantastic people involved double star astrometry. He continued his following his interest in astronomy by studying math and physics at the University of California, San Diego. To pay the bills, Eric works as at a medical device start up where he develops and deploys software to detect cancer in mammograms. Through some hard work and lots of luck he's been given the responsibilities of lead developer. When he's not tinkering on code you can probably find him enjoying the outdoors. Backpacking, gardening, and surfing are his favorite ways to pass the time, but you can also find him with his nose buried in a good science fiction book.


Double Star Astrometry Contents


Section 1 – Collaborations

  • Observing Double Stars (Russell M. Genet et al.)

  • Introduction to the Society for Astronomical Sciences (Robert Buccheim)

  • Trends in Double Star Astronomy in the JDSO (R. Kent Clark)

  • Mt. Wilson Meets the Double Image Micrometer (Eric Weise et al.)

  • The WDS: Whence it Came, Whither it Goeth (William I. Hartkopf)

  • Thirty-Two Years of Activity of the Double Stars Committee of the French Astronomical Society (Edgar Soulié)

  • The Maui International Double Star Conference (Russell M. Genet)

Section 2 – Implementations   

  • The USNO Double Star Observing Program (Brian D. Mason and William I. Hartkopf)

  • A Visual Double Star Campaign (Bruce MacEvoy)

  • Six Proper Motion Pairs Measured with the 2 Meter Faulkes Telescope North (Rafael Caballero et al.)

  • Lucky Image Astrometry of 59 Andromedae (Bobby Johnson et al.)

  • Close Double Star Speckle Interferometry Program (Russell M. Genet et al.)

  • CCD and Speckle Interferometric Astrometry of the Multiple Star System Beta 321 in Lepus
    (Rebecca Church et al.)

  • Autocorrelation Techniques with Small Techniques with Comments on Lucky Imaging (E. O. Wiley)

  • How to Measure the Minima of Eclipsing Binaries; Some Tips (Laurent Corp)

Section 3 – Advanced Techniques

  • Intensity Interferometry at Lowell Observatory (Elliott P. Horch and Matthew A. Camarata)

  • Double Star Interferometry; Measuring the Masses of Stars (Gerard van Belle)

  • Speckle Imaging Experiment with the 1.56 Meter Telescope at the Shanghai Astronomical Observatory (Yuan-Yuan Ding)

  • Speckle Imaging at the WIYN Telescope (Elliott P. Horch)

  • Resolving Close Double Stars with Lunar and Asteroidal Occultations
    (David Dunham and Andrea Richichi)

  • Light Bucket Astronomy (Russell M. Genet et al.)

  • A Global Telescope Network for Time Domain Astronomy (John Martinez)

  • Catalogues, Parameters, and Distributions of Orbital Binaries (Oleg Malkov and Dmitry Chulkov)

  • The Dynamical Study of the Binary WDS 13271+6444 (STTA 123AB)  (Francisco Rica)



  • Bibliograph for the Chapter “Thirty-Two Years of Activity of the Double Stars Committee of the French Astronomical Society” (Edgar Soulié)

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