Illustrated Guide to Astronomical Wonders

Illustrated Guide to Astronomical Wonders

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by Robert Bruce Thompson, Barbara Fritchman Thompson
     
 

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With the advent of inexpensive, high-power telescopes priced at under $250, amateur astronomy is now within the reach of anyone, and this is the ideal book to get you started. The Illustrated Guide to Astronomical Wonders offers you a guide to the equipment you need, and shows you how and where to find hundreds of spectacular objects in the deep sky —

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With the advent of inexpensive, high-power telescopes priced at under $250, amateur astronomy is now within the reach of anyone, and this is the ideal book to get you started. The Illustrated Guide to Astronomical Wonders offers you a guide to the equipment you need, and shows you how and where to find hundreds of spectacular objects in the deep sky — double and multiple stars as well as spectacular star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies.

You get a solid grounding in the fundamental concepts and terminology of astronomy, and specific advice about choosing, buying, using, and maintaining the equipment required for observing. The Illustrated Guide to Astronomical Wonders is designed to be used in the field under the special red-colored lighting used by astronomers, and includes recommended observing targets for beginners and intermediate observers alike. You get detailed start charts and specific information about the best celestial objects.

The objects in this book were chosen to help you meet the requirements for several lists of objects compiled by The Astronomical League.

  • Binocular Messier Club
  • Urban Observing Club
  • Deep Sky Binocular Club
  • Double Star Club
  • RASC Finest NGC List
Completing the list for a particular observing club entitles anyone who is a member of the Astronomical League or RASC to an award, which includes a certificate and, in some cases, a lapel pin.

This book is perfect for amateur astronomers, students, teachers, or anyone who is ready to dive into this rewarding hobby. Who knows? You might even find a new object, like amateur astronomer Jay McNeil. On a clear cold night in January 2004, he spotted a previously undiscovered celestial object near Orion, now called McNeil's Nebula. Discover what awaits you in the night sky with the Illustrated Guide to Astronomical Wonders.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780596526856
Publisher:
Maker Media, Inc
Publication date:
11/13/2007
Series:
DIY Science Series
Edition description:
Illustrate
Pages:
520
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 9.68(h) x 1.24(d)

Meet the Author

Robert Bruce Thompson is the coauthor of Astronomy Hacks, Building the Perfect PC, and PC Hardware in a Nutshell. Robert built his first computer in 1976 from discrete chips. It had 256 bytes of memory, used toggle switches and LEDs for I/O, ran at less than 1MHz, and had no operating system. Since then, he has bought, built, upgraded, and repaired hundreds of PCs for himself, employers, customers, friends, and clients. Robert reads mysteries and nonfiction for relaxation, but only on cloudy nights. He spends most clear, moonless nights outdoors with his 10-inch Dobsonian reflector telescope, hunting down faint fuzzies, and is currently designing a larger truss-tube Dobsonian (computerized, of course) that he plans to build.

Barbara Fritchman Thompson is the coauthor of Astonomy Hacks, Building the Perfect PC, and PC Hardware in a Nutshell. Barbara worked for 20 years as a librarian before starting her own home-based consulting practice, Research Solutions, and is also a researcher for the law firm Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge, & Rice, PLLC. During her leisure hours, Barbara reads, works out, plays golf, and, like Robert, is an avid amateur astronomer.

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The Illustrated Guide to Astronomical Wonders, written by Robert Bruce Thompson and Barbara Fritchman Thompson, and published by Make: Books, an imprint of Maker Media, a division of O'Reilly Media, Inc. is the most complete guide to the night skies of the northern hemisphere I've encountered thus far. It's first two chapters provide a thorough introduction to fundamental concepts and terminology, and an overview of useful equipment, star atlases, and software for the budding or advanced amateur astronomer. The authors review much of the equipment they have found useful and affordable for the beginning to intermediate hobbyist, with recommendations concerning what works well and what doesn't. Detailed descriptions, and useful star-charts for 'star-hopping' using reflex finders, are accompanied with excellent photographs of nearly all of the deep sky objects visible with amateur equipment from the northern hemisphere in all fifty constellations containing them. This book is so well-done that I would recommend it as the best single-volume guide to the hobby of observational astronomy that is available. Max E. Loudenback New Castle, IN