Books

Fred Watson, Binoculars, Opera Glasses and Field Glasses. Shire, Princes Risborough, 1995 (ISBN 0-7478-0292-0).

S. Arribas, E. Mediavilla & F. Watson, eds., Fiber Optics in Astronomy III. Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series, Vol. 152, 1998. (ISBN 1-886733-72-4).

Fred Watson, Stargazer - the Life and Times of the Telescope, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 2004 (ISBN 1-86508-658-4).
                   Paperback edition, Da Capo, Cambridge, MA, 2006 (ISBN 0-306-81483-8).
                  Sterrenkijker - de Geschiedenis van de Telescoop, Athenaeum, Amsterdam, 2006 (ISBN 90 253 6095 5).
 
 

Popular astronomy articles

Most issues of Sky & Space magazine between 1998 and 2002 featured Fred's Reflections... column.

Fred's Space column has been a regular feature of Australian Geographic magazine since 2003.
 

Articles in the annual Yearbook of Astronomy (edited by Sir Patrick Moore and published in the UK by Macmillan):

"Probing the Galaxy with RR Lyrae Stars" (1984)
"Astronomy's multi-fibre revolution" (1995)
"The Universal Astronomer: David Allen, 1946–1994" (1996)
"Taxi Ride: The Observatories on La Palma" (1997)
"The Astronomer's Microscope" (1999)
"Optical Astronomy, the Early Universe and the Telescope Super-League" (2000)
"The Dawn of Binocular Astronomy" (2001)
"The Enduring Legacy of Bernhard Schmidt" (2002)
"Astronomers Behaving Badly" (2003)
"Absolutely Nebulous" (2004)
"RAVEing Mad! (2005)
"More Astronomers Behaving Badly" (2006)
"A Centenary of Some Gravity" (2007)
 

Some other popular articles:

"A glass for all time".  New Scientist, Vol.143, No.1934, p.45, 1994.
"Surplus to requirements...", New Scientist, Vol.152, No.2061/2, p.77, 1996.
"De jacht op informatie—van Galilei tot 2dF" (The hunt for information—from Galileo to 2dF), Zenit, 24 108–113, 1997 (in Dutch).
"Happy Birthday Patrick...". Astronomy and Space, March 1998, 22–29.
(with Roger Bell) "25 Years at the AAT". Astronomy Now, 13(10), pp.22–25, 1999.
"How Zeiss Binoculars made their London Debut". Zeiss Historica, 21(2), pp.4–11, 1999.
"Aperture Envy". Newton, No.2, p.128, 2000.
"2001: A Deep-Space Odyssey". In Astronomy 2001, 5–8, Quasar Publishing, Sydney, 2000.
"Industrial-Strength Cosmology". Educare News, No.125, 52–54, 2002.
"Space Man—Australian Astronaut Andy Thomas". Australian Geographic, No.68, pp.96–103, 2002.
“Who invented the Cassegrain Telescope?” Astronomy Now, 18(12), pp.85–88, 2004.
“Inspirations… Portrait of a black hole”, Sky and Space, 18(1), p.70, 2005.
“Focus: The five ages of the telescope”. Astronomy Now, 19(9), 57–67, 2005.
"Trick of the light", Cosmos, No.5, pp.34–35, 2005.
"Distant worlds", Cosmos, No.8, pp.74-81, 2006.
 
 

A few technical papers

F.G. Watson, Q.A. Parker, G. Bogatu, T.J. Farrell, B.E. Hingley & S. Miziarski, ``Progress with 6dF: a multi-object spectroscopy system for all-sky surveys''. In Optical and IR Telescope Instrumentation and Detectors (ed. M. Iye & A.F. Moorwood), S.P.I.E. Vol. 4008, 123–128, 2000.

Fred Watson, ``Black Holes and Killer Asteroids: the Public Perception of Astronomy''. In Science and the Citizen: For Educators and the Public (ed. Roger T. Cross & Peter J. Fensham), Melbourne Studies in Education, 7–16, Arena Publications, Melbourne, 2000.

F.G. Watson, G. Bogatu, W. Saunders, T.J. Farrell, K.S.Russell, B.E. Hingley, S. Miziarski, P.R. Gillingham, Q.A. Parker & M, Colless, ``All-Sky Spectroscopic Surveys and 6dF''. In The New Era of Wide-Field Astronomy (ed. R.G. Clowes), ASP Conference Series, Vol. 232, 421–429, 2001.

Fred Watson, ``Night Vision—Why astronomers need dark skies''. In IESANZ Lighting Convention proceedings, 2002.

Fred  Watson, ``Optical Spectroscopy Today and Tomorrow''. In Astrophysics Update, Praxis, Chichester, 2003.

D. Heath Jones, Will Saunders, Matthew Colless, Mike A. Read, Fred G. Watson, Lachlan A. Campbell, Daniel Burkey, Quentin A. Parker, Malcolm Hartley, Paul Cass, Dionne James, Ken Russell, Kristin Fiegert, John Dawe, Lesa Moore, John Huchra, Tom Jarrett, Ofer Lahav, John Lucey, Gary Mamon, Elaine Sadler and Ken Wakamatsu, “The 6dF Galaxy Survey: Sample and Observations”. Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 355, 747–763, 2004.

K. Wakamatsu, M.A. Malkan, M.T. Nishida, Q.A. Parker, W. Saunders and F.G. Watson, “The Ophiuchus Cluster and a Large-Scale Structure toward the Galactic Centre”. In Nearby Large-Scale Structures and the Zone of Avoidance (eds. A.P. Fairall and P.A. Woudt), A.S.P. Conference Series, Vol.329, pp.189–198, 2005.

F.G. Watson, I.M. Hook and M.M. Colless, “Astronomy with Extremely Large Telescopes”. In Astrophysics Update 2 (ed. John Mason), Springer-Praxis, London, 2006.

D.J. Radburn-Smith, J.R. Lucey, P.A. Woudt, R.C. Kraan-Korteweg and F.G. Watson, “Structures in the Great Attractor Region”. Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 2006.

M. Steinmetz, T. Zwitter, A. Siebert, F.G. Watson, K.C. Freeman, U. Munari et al. (54 authors), “The Radial Velocity Experiment (RAVE): first data release”. Astron. J., 2006.
 
 

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