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Advanced Skywatching

Advanced Skywatching

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by Time-Life Books, David H. Levy, Alan Dyer, Martin George, John O'Byrne (Editor)
Picking up where Skywatching left off, here is an invaluable, advanced observer's primer and field guide to the night sky.


Picking up where Skywatching left off, here is an invaluable, advanced observer's primer and field guide to the night sky.

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Children's Literature - Mary Sue Preissner
This comprehensive guide for the amateur astronomer was meant as a companion to the first book from The Nature Company entitled Skywatching; however, it successfully stands on its own. The three-column format is interspersed with a variety of illustrations that have short, succinct captions. In the second chapter, while noting that "Skywatchers can spend a fortune on elaborate equipment, but the sky comes free of charge." the authors thoroughly discuss how you can be a successful astronomer with just a good pair of binoculars and accurate record keeping. They also provide comprehensive information on a variety of equipment that could be used if you have an unlimited budget. Once the stage is set, the text turns to a discussion of the planets and other heavenly bodies. The final chapter "Starhopping" provides a wealth of information in the form of maps and star charts, with photographs of some outstanding celestial features. The extensive bibliography is arranged by topic and includes websites, atlases, software, organizations, countries, and so on. The index and glossary are combined.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
YAIntended as a companion to David Levy's Skywatching (Time-Life, 1995), this volume contains a wealth of material that will be of interest to dedicated amateur astronomers and effectively stands on its own. Apt quotations from literature sprinkled about the pages are a nice bonus. As in so many nonfiction titles these days, most topics are treated on two-page spreads. However, captions are brief and sidebars used carefully, resulting in a clean, uncluttered format. Introductory chapters discuss the various types of equipment that may be used for conducting skywatching projects. While many of the items will be beyond the financial means of most students, the authors stress that much can be done with just a good pair of binoculars and careful record keeping. Additional chapters provide information on the various observable phenomena, with an emphasis on what to look for and how to get the best views possible. The last third of the book consists of 20 "telescope tours" through various regions of the sky. Each area is presented first via star maps, with constellations noted in simplified insets, then with photographs of some of the more interesting features to be found in that region. The extensive bibliography includes videos, Web sites, software, and a list of organizations. Report writers are not the primary audience for this book although information can be extracted for that use. However, anyone with a serious interest in astronomy will benefit from the instructions and advice it provides.Elaine Fort Weischedel, Turner Free Library, Randolph, MA

Product Details

Time-Life Custom Publishing
Publication date:
Nature Company Guides Series
Product dimensions:
6.84(w) x 11.41(h) x 1.13(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

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Advanced Skywatching 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are numerous great books on astronomy, but this is one of the best. I especially appreciate the 20 'starhopping' guides to some of the great sites (sights) in the night sky. These guides have charts which are designed to be used with a red light (as you would use when observing) and have been extremely useful to me in the field. Even the picturesque titles of each guide, such as 'A Hop Around the Big Dipper', 'A Stroll Around the Sombrero', 'Towards the Heart of Our Galaxy', 'Jewels in Cancer and Gemini', and 'A Galaxy Feast in the Furnace', make one excited to want to explore the night sky! I hope they come out with another edition including more of these guides.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have taken this book out of the library for the past 4 months! I have a telescope but am lost without this book. It is so easy to understand yet, gets into much detail for advances viewers. I liked how it wasn't just start charts but was a whole review on the globular cluters, nebulae, galaxies, and other objects in the night sky. It has wonderful colored pictures of each object it describede and a lot of captions to show you what you are looking at. It is one of the best 'Help! I I am Lost' books you can get.