The Monthly Sky Guide

The Monthly Sky Guide

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by Ian Ridpath
     
 

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This classic beginner's guide to the night sky has been updated with planet positions and forthcoming eclipses up to the end of the year 2014, a guide to observing the Moon, comprehensive Moon maps with labeled features, and information on observing the four brightest planets: Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. This eighth edition of Ian Ridpath and Wil Tirion's

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This classic beginner's guide to the night sky has been updated with planet positions and forthcoming eclipses up to the end of the year 2014, a guide to observing the Moon, comprehensive Moon maps with labeled features, and information on observing the four brightest planets: Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. This eighth edition of Ian Ridpath and Wil Tirion's famous guide will appeal to astronomers of all ages. This book contains a chapter for every month, describing the prominent stars, constellations, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies that are visible. The 50 clear and easy-to-use maps provide a simple introduction to the skies of the northern hemisphere. Most of the sights are visible to the naked eye, and all are within reach of binoculars or a small telescope.

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Praise for the Previous Edition:

'Wil Tirion's charts are justly famous. With Ian Ridpath's words, the combination is hard to beat.' - Popular Astronomy

'For those who want to learn about the constellations and bright stars, this book is all that they'll need.' - Astronomy Now

'... charts big and detailed enough to be used easily ...' - Sky Publishing Corporation

'What adds greatly to the value of the Guide is the obvious enthusiasm of the authors and their ability to convey it.' - Journal of the British Astronomical Association

'I have not seen a better first guide to amateur astronomy.' - Malcolm Gough, The Observatory

'It is an excellent practical introduction to finding one's way around the sky; ... I can recommend this book very strongly.' - Robert Connon Smith, The Observatory

'This popular guide, the product of collaboration between a writer and a cartographer, is now so well known that just a short review of the latest (7th) edition will suffice. Now updated through to 2011, the monthly sky maps (as well as focussing upon selected seasonal constellations) have been improved by the addition of star colours, while the outline of the Milky Way has been represented more realistically than before. The stellar magnitude steps are now more refined, with increments of 0.5 mag. ... The planetary and eclipse notes, again arranged month by month, will help even the deskbound astronomer to avoid missing any important event. ... The Monthly Sky Guide is highly recommended, and remains good value for money.' - The Observatory

' ... The Monthly Sky Guide ... remains one of the best introductions to the night sky of the northern hemisphere. There is a lot of quality in this small book from Wil Tirion's famous charts to Ian Ridpath's excellent narrative. If you had to reply on one book to get you through your observation year then The Monthly Sky Guide would serve you very well indeed.' - Astronomy & Space

'There is a lot of quality in this small book from Wil Tiron's famous charts to Ian Ridpath's excellent narrative - altogether a great combination at work. If you had to rely on one book to get you through your observation year then the Monthly Sky Guide would serve you very well indeed.' - Astronomy & Space

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521133692
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/05/2009
Pages:
75
Sales rank:
1,363,299
Product dimensions:
8.22(w) x 11.74(h) x 0.21(d)

Meet the Author

Ian Ridpath is an English astronomy writer and broadcaster, who is also the editor of the Oxford Dictionary of Astronomy and Norton's Star Atlas. He is a recipient of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific's Klumpke-Roberts Award for outstanding contributions to the public understanding and appreciation of astronomy. For more information about Ian Ridpath's books, talks, and other interests, visit his personal website, ianridpath.com.

Wil Tirion is a talented celestial cartographer, widely regarded as the leading exponent of his art in the world and author of several books, including Sky Atlas 2000.0 and the Cambridge Star Atlas.

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Monthly Sky Guide 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I discovered this book with the 5th edition and loved it so much that I just had to update to the 6th edition. The 6th edition includes all the planet and eclipse information from 2003 to 2007. It appears that the B&N description above is wrong regarding the dates covered in this book (it is in fact describing the date range covered in the 5th edition). I can't speak highly enough of this book if you want a simple reference to learn about constellations and things to look at in the sky. After a brief description of sky terminology, the book is divided up into months. It highlights things to observe in the sky for each month. It is written in easy to understand language - you don't have to be an expert in sky-talk to understand it. One note, for those who may own the 5th edition - most of the text is the same - it highlights the same constellations each month, etc. It does include a new section on viewing satellites and of course it now goes through 2007 for planet viewing information. This book is well worth every penny!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago