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"For more than three decades The Amateur Astronomer has inspired generations of amateur astronomers. Almost uniquely, Patrick Moore has written a book that is useful to astronomers at all levels, from beginner to expert." The appendices - completely updated in this new edition - provide extensive star, lunar and planetary maps, along with a vast amount of data and information that make this book an essential for every amateur astronomer's library.
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In this first revised edition of astronomer Moore's 1957 classic guide, amateur astronomers will find everything they need to know to begin fruitfully and enjoyably viewing celestial objects. The author discusses types of telescopes and their flaws, how to care for instruments and use them to best advantage. He describes not only the pleasures that amateurs can obtain from astronomy but the serious scientific work they can perform as well, particularly in planetary astronomy, an area few professionals now study. Moore also weaves together the history of astronomy with recent findings of astrophysics and satellite mapping. The invaluable appendixes include star and lunar surface maps, dates and times of upcoming solar and lunar eclipses, the scientific names of constellations and major stars. Photos. Macmillan Library of Science main selection. (Aug.)
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From the reviews of the twelfth edition:

"The Amateur Astronomer is aimed at both novice and experienced amateur, although evidently biased towards the former. … should be mandatory reading for anyone thinking of buying a first telescope. … We find here useful statistical data, cartographies, catalogues, and notes relevant to the owners of small to medium telescopes. … Now approaching 50 years old … this 12th edition continues the book’s long tradition of providing an invaluable handbook for those requiring a broad introduction to amateur astronomy. A classic; absolutely recommended." (Steve Ringwood, Astronomy Now, June 2005)

"Classic text that covers the basics of all the major areas of astronomical observing, from lunar and planetary studies to observing and measuring double and variable stars. The high-quality black & white illustrations and images in this book bring together the old and the new in a way that is refreshingly different. … This highly recommended book will have pride of place on my bookshelf and I will continue to dip in and out of it for many years to come." (Neil English, Astronomy and Space, January, 2007)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393028645
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/1990
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 12.19 (w) x 8.47 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Astronomy as a hobby 1
2 The unfolding universe 3
3 Telescopes and observatories 17
4 The solar system 31
5 The sun 41
6 The moon 51
7 Occultations and eclipses 67
8 Aurorae and the zodiacal light 77
9 The nearer planets 83
10 The outer planets 93
11 Comets and meteors 105
12 The stellar sky 119
13 The nature of a star 127
14 Double stars 133
15 Variable stars 139
16 Star clusters and nebulae 149
17 Galaxies 159
18 Beginnings and endings 167
App. 1 Planetary data 169
App. 2 Planetary satellites of magnitude 14.5 or brighter 170
App. 3 Minor planet data 171
App. 4 Elongations and transits of the inferior planets 172
App. 5 Maps of Mars 174
App. 6 Jupiter : transit work 176
App. 7 Saturn : intensity estimates 178
App. 8 Forthcoming eclipses 179
App. 9 The limiting lunar detail visible with different apertures 180
App. 10 The lunar maps 181
App. 11 Some of the more important annual meteor showers 193
App. 12 The constellations 194
App. 13 Proper names of stars 197
App. 14 Stars of the first magnitude 204
App. 15 Standard stars for each magnitude 205
App. 16 The Greek alphabet 207
App. 17 Stellar spectra 208
App. 18 Limiting magnitudes and separations for various apertures 209
App. 19 Angular measure 210
App. 20 Test double stars 211
App. 21 Extinction 212
App. 22 Bright novae 213
App. 23 Messier's catalogue 215
App. 24 The Caldwell catalogue 218
App. 25 The star maps 221
App. 26 The observation of variable stars 273
App. 27 Some periodical comets 285
App. 28 Amateur observatories 286
App. 29 Astronomical societies 288
App. 30 Bibliography 289
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