DC0012 – Oleron 2003

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The french national research organization (CNRS) organized the first Pro/Am astrophysics school in May 2003 at Oléron, followed by one in 2006 and another one in 2009 at La Rochelle.

This book is the result of lectures given during the first school and focus mainly on spectroscopy as a cornerstone tool for professional and amateur astronomers to cooperate.

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The first chapter by Alain Klotz provides an indepth knowledge of the physics of light in the field of optical spectroscopy. Alain is a professional astronomer working on Gamma Ray Burst and is activaly involved in the amateur community through development of AUDELA open source software as well as robotic applications.

Christian Buil, a well-known amateur astronomer working professionnaly at the CNES space organization, describes some spectrographs for amateur spectroscopy – the Lhires III high resolution spectrograph beeing on the the equipement developed based on Oleron 2003 outcome!

Valérie Desnoux, the famous author of the free software VisualSpec widely used among the amateur spectroscopy community, describes the process of spectral data reduction.

Jean-Pierre Rozelot, the organizer of the first Pro/Am school, is providing an excellent review of our knowledge about our Sun and how the study of pressure and gravity waves is giving us information about the interior of the Sun.

Coralie Neiner, co-editor of this book and professional astronomer from Paris observatory specialised in Be stars, is providing a key review of non supergiant B-type stars that show emission lines: spectroscopy of Be stars. This field has been particularly active since Oleron 2003 in terms of Pro/Am collaboration.

Cometary spectroscopy is decribed in details by Nicolas Biver, a professional astronomer from Paris observatory but also an amateur astronomer sketching comets with his Dobson from his backyard. In this article, Nicolas details the molecules that can be seen in comet’s spectra.

Agnès Acker, a professional astronomer specialized in planetary nebulae at Starsbourg observatory, is describing the spectrometry of nebulae: how the nebular emission lines ar formed, how to calculated the nebular temperature and nebular density using the optical spectrum, etc…

This book on Astronomical Spectrography for Amateur is a must-have in your own library!

EAS Publications Series
Vol. 47 (2011)
Astronomical Spectrography for Amateurs

Oléron, France, 6-11 May 2003
J.-P. Rozelot and C. Neiner (Eds.)

Preface p. I
Jean-Pierre Rozelot and C. Neiner

The physics of light for optical spectroscopy p. 1
Alain Klotz

Spectrographs in amateur astronomy p. 39
Christian Buil

Spectral data reduction p. 73
Valérie Desnoux

The sun’s spectra: coding the light and sounds. application to other stars p. 103
Jean-Pierre Rozelot

Spectroscopy of be stars p. 139
Coralie Neiner

Cometary spectroscopy p. 165
Nicolas Biver

Spectrometry of nebulae p. 189
Agnès Acker