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Iowa StarWatch: The Essential Guide to Our Night Sky
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Iowa StarWatch: The Essential Guide to Our Night Sky

by Mike Lynch
 
With the down-to-earth style and far-ranging knowledge that have made him America’s favorite stargazing instructor, Mike Lynch guides amateur and expert alike through the wonders of Iowa’s night sky. Whether watching the sky from a backyard lawn chair or manning a high-powered telescope, stargazers of all levels will learn how and when to identify the

Overview

With the down-to-earth style and far-ranging knowledge that have made him America’s favorite stargazing instructor, Mike Lynch guides amateur and expert alike through the wonders of Iowa’s night sky. Whether watching the sky from a backyard lawn chair or manning a high-powered telescope, stargazers of all levels will learn how and when to identify the major constellations visible at Iowa’s latitude (40–43° north). With chapters on the origins and movements of stars, the mythology of constellations, the phases of the moon, the planets, and even buying a telescope, this book serves as an accessible and in-depth beginner’s guide to the night sky. It includes 12 monthly star maps for Iowa skies, 21 constellation diagrams, a local resources guide, a list of the brightest stars in the state, and more than 80 beautiful color photographs of the heavens.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

The Wapsipinicon Almanac Spring 2007

“A good book, even a compelling book … I recommend it. Why? Simply put, there are few books geared toward the beginner with a serious interest in learning about the night sky. This is for those who want to learn quickly about the science of astronomy, learn about celestial objects visible in a backyard telescope and learn to choose and enjoy this instrument. Iowa StarWatch nicely addresses such an audience of beginners and blends a rich offering of gorgeous photos with plenty of information presented in a logical manner.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760327005
Publisher:
Voyageur Press
Publication date:
08/15/2006
Series:
Starwatch: the Essential Guide to Our Night Sky Series
Edition description:
First
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
9.25(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.75(d)

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher
The Wapsipinicon Almanac Spring 2007

“A good book, even a compelling book … I recommend it. Why? Simply put, there are few books geared toward the beginner with a serious interest in learning about the night sky. This is for those who want to learn quickly about the science of astronomy, learn about celestial objects visible in a backyard telescope and learn to choose and enjoy this instrument. Iowa StarWatch nicely addresses such an audience of beginners and blends a rich offering of gorgeous photos with plenty of information presented in a logical manner.”

Meet the Author

Mike Lynch has authored StarWatch volumes for Minnesota, New England, Wisconsin, the Dakotas, Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Montana, Indiana, and Ohio. He has been a broadcast meteorologist and personality at WCCO Radio in Minneapolis, Minnesota, since 1981, and writes a starwatch column for several papers across the country. Lynch has taught thousands of stargazing classes since 1973. He lives in Eagan, Minnesota.

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