David Levy's Guide to the Night Sky / Edition 2

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If, as Immanuel Kant once said, we are guided by the starry sky above and the moral law within, then, thanks to David Levy, we can now conceptualize Kant's adage at least half-way. David Levy's Guide to the Night Sky is designed to satisfy observers who have just become interested in the sky and want to navigate their way around it. By stirring the imagination and putting observation in a framework of personal adventure, Levy explains how to discover the Moon, planets, comets, meteors, and distant galaxies through a small telescope. Fully updated, the new edition includes:

  • A new section on the computer-controlled telescopes and how to use this new technology;
  • One new chapter on how charge-coupled devices (CCDs) have revolutionized the art of astronomical observation
  • An explanation of how a new variable star is discovered and studied, based on Levy's personal experience Levy explores topics as diverse as the features of the Moon from night to night; how to observe constellations from both urban and rural observation sites; how best to view the stars, nebulae, and galaxies; and how to map the sky. David H. Levy is one of the world's foremost amateur astronomers. He has discovered seventeen comets, seven using a telescope in his own backyard, and had a minor planet, Asteroid 3673 Levy, named in his honor. As a respected astronomer, he is best known for being the co-discoverer of the famous Shoemaker-Levy9 comet in 1994. Levy is frequently interviewed by the media and succeeded Carl Sagan as science columnist for Parade magazine. He has written and contributed to a number of books, most recently The Scientific American Book of the Cosmos (St. Martin's, 2000), Advanced Skywatching (Time Life, 2000), and Deep-Sky Companions (Cambridge, 2000).
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"... [A] friendly collection of topics that takes the beginner from the ground level of naked-eye sky watching step by step to advanced amateur work. The author is an enthusiast, and he makes it contagious. While reading this book you feel compelled to grab a telescope and go out and look." Sky and Telescope

"...[A]n excellent book for the serious astronomer who really wants to learn the sky...If you are interested in the night sky and really want to learn more about serious observing, then (this book) is a must, no matter what your area of interest or experience level." Lunar and Planetary Information Bulletin

"A simple but detailed—and thoughtful—instructional manual for personal astronomy." Griffith Observer

"The book would be particularly valuable to anyone taking up amateur astronomy for the first time. It is an excellent guide, and the author obviously knows the sky well....Overall a delightful book, one every amateur astronomer should have in his or her bookcase. Strongly recommended." Choice

From The Critics
Renowned comet-hunter and astronomy enthusiast David Levy presents an inspiring guide to learning constellations, choosing a telescope, and viewing the moon, planets, comets, double and variable stars, and deep-sky objects. He includes many anecdotes, a list of his favorite telescope objects, and even a few favorite poems. The final chapters cover eclipses, astrophotography, and (briefly) how to motivate children to learn about astronomy. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521797535
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/22/2001
  • Edition description: Reprinted
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 346
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword; Preface; Acknowledgements; Part I. Getting Started: 1. First night out; 2. Without a telescope; 3. Meteors; 4. Choosing a telescope; 5. Telescopes, advanced; 6. Recording your observations; Part II. Moon, Sun and Planets: 7. The moon; 8. Moon II: advanced observations; 9. The sun; 10. Jupiter; 11. Saturn; 12. Mars; 13. Five planets worth watching; Part III. Minor Bodies: 14. Asteroids; 15. Comets; Part IV. Deep Sky: 16. Double stars; 17. Variable stars; 18. TV corvi: a variable star adventure; 19. The deep sky; 20. Messier hunting; 21. The sky on film; 22. The electronic revolution, part I: CCDs; 23. The electronic revolution, part II: astrometry; Part V. Special Events: 24. Solar eclipses; 25. Lunar eclipses and occulations; Part Vi. A Miscellany: 26. Passing the torch; 27. The poet's sky; 28. My favorite objects; Appendix: resources; Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2014

    This is the worse book on Astronomy I have ever come across ! Th

    This is the worse book on Astronomy I have ever come across ! The Author does a very poor job of explaining anything in a clear and
    concise manner ! This is not ( As I was falsely lead to believe ) a book for beginning Astronomy Enthusiasts ! It is more of a book for 
    people that have a good understanding of RA and Declination , on how to use and apply them to a Germain Equatorial Mount , which
    Mr. Levy does not explain either anywhere in the book , for people who have a good understanding of the Night sky and how to find 
    Constellations and the stars that make them up , etc , etc , etc . The Author also does a terrible job as far as Charts and pictures , the very few that are included in the book I needed to us a 2x magnifying glass to identify anything because it is so microscopic ! The book is poorly written. DO NOT BUY ! Beware !I get the impression that Mr. Levy is more interested in showing off his knowledge of the night sky to his friends rather that teaching it in a clear and concise manner .

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