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Posted November 16, 2007
The Illustrated Guide to Astronomical Wonders, written by Robert Bruce Thompson and Barbara Fritchman Thompson, and published by Make: Books, an imprint of Maker Media, a division of O'Reilly Media, Inc. is the most complete guide to the night skies of the northern hemisphere I've encountered thus far. It's first two chapters provide a thorough introduction to fundamental concepts and terminology, and an overview of useful equipment, star atlases, and software for the budding or advanced amateur astronomer. The authors review much of the equipment they have found useful and affordable for the beginning to intermediate hobbyist, with recommendations concerning what works well and what doesn't. Detailed descriptions, and useful star-charts for 'star-hopping' using reflex finders, are accompanied with excellent photographs of nearly all of the deep sky objects visible with amateur equipment from the northern hemisphere in all fifty constellations containing them. This book is so well-done that I would recommend it as the best single-volume guide to the hobby of observational astronomy that is available. Max E. Loudenback New Castle, INWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.