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  • ISBN-13: 9780933346857
  • Publisher: Sky Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/1/1998

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2007

    Observing the Skies with Stephen O'Meara

    This is an outstanding book for the Amateur Astronomer providing valuable information about each object as well. The Messier Objects are a good place to get started. O'Meara's other books follow in this series equally well Caldwell Objects, Hidden Treasures, Herschel's 400. Though O'Meara says he uses his 4' Televue refractor to view the objects the photos presented in the text suggest that they were taken through other telescopes with larger aperture. For amateur astronomers using telescopes in the 3' - 6' range it would be very informative to see what these objects look like at smaller apertures. Too often beginners are discouraged by photos in the telescope catalogs that cant be seen with smaller aperture telescopes or without a good CCD camera. O'Mearas books hopefully will continue to spark the interest of amaetuer astronomers to learn the sky and to navigate to objects by star hoping and charts instead of the easier though more costly Goto telescopes

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2003

    Use it Frequently...

    I really enjoy this book. I use the photographs to verify that I have made the correct sighting. The photos are a pretty accurate representation of what one sees through the eye piece. I do find that the mini-charts for each object, while helpful, don't give enough context to help me much. I do find that I frequently turn to the back of the book where they have a very nice star chart of all the northern hemisphere, and a good portion of the southern. The write-ups on each object are interesting, also including the entries from M. Messier's catalog itself, and the NGC description as well. O'Mearra does much to inspire one to gaze at the individual objects for extended periods of time, which I think is a great encouragement to go beyond just viewing the superficial and to appreciate the finer details. He does get a bit whimsical and let's his imagination run wild with what he's seeing, but at least it shows you can do more with the messier objects than have a marathon.

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    Posted November 6, 2010

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