The on-line course notes provide all of the information you need for this
course. If you wish to read around, however, I would recommend the following
texts (roughly in decreasing order of importance):
- To Measure the Sky by Frederick R. Chromey (CUP), ISBN:
9780521747684. The book is currently in its first edition and costs
around 37 pounds in paperback. There are 3 such texts in the
This book, which came out quite recently, is probably the closest text
you will find to the content of my course. It covers a great deal of
the material I cover, and at a very similar level. Strongly
- Electronic Imaging in Astronomy by Ian S. McLean
(Springer-Verlag), ISBN: 9783540765820. This book is currently in its
second edition and costs around 63 pounds in both hardback and
paperback. There are 3 such texts in the Information Commons.
As its name implies, this book covers the detector aspects of my course,
although it also has much useful information on instrumentation. The book
tends to go into more detail than is required for PHY217, but it is
written in a very readable style and I strongly recommend it.
- Astronomy: Principles and Practice by A. E. Roy and
D. Clarke (Institute of Physics Publishing), ISBN: 9780750309172. This
book is currently in its fourth edition and you should be able to find
a new paperback copy for around 35 pounds. The Information Commons holds 6
copies of this book. Beware of older editions, as they don't
cover modern detectors and instrumentation.
This is an excellent book which will come in useful throughout your
degree. It covers a much wider range of topics than my course, but the
parts on telescopes are covered at just the right level of detail.
- Astrophysical Techniques by C. R. Kitchin (Taylor &
Francis Inc), ISBN: 9781420082432. This is currently in its fifth
edition, and is available in hardback for around 35
pounds. The Information Commons holds 3 copies of this book.
This book covers a much wider range of material than my course, but
unfortunately does not go into enough depth on some of the subjects
that I require you to know. It may, however, be of use as a reference
©Vik Dhillon, 25th September 2013