New England StarWatch: The Essential Guide to Our Night Sky

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“Make the Stars Your Old Friends!” . . . with Mike Lynch, America’s Master Stargazing instructor. Mike has led stargazing classes for over 30 years and has instructed 1000s of would-be backyard astronomers (and maybe a few would-be professional astronomers!)

Now with New England StarWatch you can easily pick up what beginning and advanced stargazers ages 12 and up have learned in his popular stargazing classes.
 
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Overview

“Make the Stars Your Old Friends!” . . . with Mike Lynch, America’s Master Stargazing instructor. Mike has led stargazing classes for over 30 years and has instructed 1000s of would-be backyard astronomers (and maybe a few would-be professional astronomers!)

Now with New England StarWatch you can easily pick up what beginning and advanced stargazers ages 12 and up have learned in his popular stargazing classes.
 
• Use the detailed seasonal constellation charts to quickly identify their main stars and find “celestial goodies” such as star clusters, nebulae, and other galaxies.
• Enjoy the stories and mythology of characters for whom the constellations are named, including Orion the Hunter, Cassiopeia
  the Queen, and Perseus the Hero.
• Locate the most prominent seasonal constellations with easy-to-use monthly star maps designed especially for New England’s northern latitude.
• Learn about the moon, solar and lunar eclipses, planets, as well as comets, meteor showers, and aurora borealis. There is even a planet locator guide good through 2015!
• Gain firsthand advice on purchasing a telescope and other stargazing equipment, plus find listings of local astronomy resources.

You won’t find a more enthusiastic guide to the night sky than Mike Lynch, and you won’t find a better guidebook to our night sky than New England StarWatch.

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BookWatch, September 2005 (circ.: 80,000) “Star-gazers who want area-specific astronomy guides will relish the new StarWatch titles by Mike Lynch, which are written for newcomers to the art, loaded with simple explanations, and geared to specific areas. It’s the casual tone paired with science which makes theses so accessible to new astrologists of all ages.”

New Hampshire Magazine, August 2005 (circ.: 26,000)“Lynch writes in an easygoing, user-friendly style, making the stars, galaxies, asteroids, the planets and the moon understandable to the average person.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780896586789
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2005
  • Series: StarWatch Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2005

    New telescope companion

    I recently bought a new telescope, rekindling a childhood interest, and looked for an introductory but not childish star book to go with it. New England StarWatch fits that role perfectly. Its full-page monthly star charts help you get oriented and find things. These are simple and clearly printed the spiral binding and black-on-white format make them useful outdoors. Elsewhere, descriptions of individual constellations (organized by season) include lists of 'celestial goodies' such as double stars, nebulae and galaxies to look for. Beautiful full-page color pictures show how such goodies might appear if you owned the Hubble Telescope, but Lynch also provides practical advice about whether binoculars, a small telescope, or a large (amateur) telescope is needed to see something. I've had fun evenings searching out the sights Lynch describes, and knowing that the fuzzy gray blob in my scope is a glimpse of that awesome red and purple cloud in the book. The star charts, photos and constellation guides with 'goodies' have been worth the price of the book for me, but there's quite a bit of other material as well -- a well-illustrated basic astronomy course, and also some wry retellings of constellation myths. Seasoned amateur astronomers would find this book too basic, but I recommend it for others who are newer to the game, and starting to find their way around the stars.

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