Exploring the Night Sky with Binoculars

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Star-gazing with binoculars is rewarding and, for many, a lifelong passion! Patrick Moore has painstakingly researched Exploring the Night Sky with Binoculars to describe the optimal use of binoculars for astronomical observation. He explains basic astronomy and the selection of binoculars, then goes on to discuss the stars, clusters, nebulae and galaxies that await the observer. He charts the sky seen from the northern and southern hemispheres season by season, providing detailed maps of all the constellations. ...

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Overview

Star-gazing with binoculars is rewarding and, for many, a lifelong passion! Patrick Moore has painstakingly researched Exploring the Night Sky with Binoculars to describe the optimal use of binoculars for astronomical observation. He explains basic astronomy and the selection of binoculars, then goes on to discuss the stars, clusters, nebulae and galaxies that await the observer. He charts the sky seen from the northern and southern hemispheres season by season, providing detailed maps of all the constellations. In addition, the reader can also observe the Sun, Moon, planets, comets and meteors. New to this Fourth Edition are: An improved presentation of all star maps, rendering a clear impression of what the night sky really looks like; planetary data through 2010; and advice on eclipse watching, including total eclipses of the sun. With many beautiful illustrations, this handbook will be helpful and encouraging to casual observers and those cultivating a more serious interest. The enjoyment of amateur astronomy is now available to everybody!

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"...a useful beginner's guide to the binocular sky." Sky & Telescope

"...a very practical guide, explaining clearly what may be observed with binoculars in the sky at night." Physics Bulletin

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A very useful guide<-->especially for semi-experienced observers who are interested in variable and double stars. Northern and southern constellations are listed alphabetically; each includes a b&w diagram and 500 words or so about features which can be observed with binoculars. Moore, a distinguished author of more than 70 astronomy books, includes information about choosing binoculars, seasonal star maps, and an extensive chapter on the moon with a dozen b&w photos showing its different phases. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521793902
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Patrick Moore, host of the monthly television show The Sky at Night since 1957, is a distinguished and prolific author of more than 70 astronomy books. He has served as President of the British Astronomical Association. His contributions to the public understanding of astronomy have been marked by special awards from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, the Italian Astronomical Society, and the Royal Astronomical Society. Patrick Moore is a great enthusiast, always encouraging anyone with an interest in the night sky to get out and observe.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the third edition; 1. The night sky; 2. Binoculars of many kinds; 3. Among the stars; 4. Double stars and variable stars; 5. Clusters, nebulae and galaxies; 6. Stars of the seasons; 7. The constellations; 8. The sun and its eclipses; 9. Lunar landscapes; 10. The planets; 11. Comets and shooting stars; 12. Summing-up; Appendices; Bibliography; A note on metrication.

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