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NightWatch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe / Edition 4

by Terence Dickinson, Adolf Schaller, Victor Costanzo, Roberta Cooke
     
 

ISBN-10: 155407147X

ISBN-13: 9781554071470

Pub. Date: 07/21/2013

Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited

Revised Fourth Edition: updated for use through 2025.

The first three editions of NightWatch sold more than 600,000 copies, making it the top-selling stargazing guide in the world for the last 20 years. The key feature of this classic title is the section of star charts that are cherished by backyard astronomers everywhere. Each new edition

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Revised Fourth Edition: updated for use through 2025.

The first three editions of NightWatch sold more than 600,000 copies, making it the top-selling stargazing guide in the world for the last 20 years. The key feature of this classic title is the section of star charts that are cherished by backyard astronomers everywhere. Each new edition has outsold the previous one because of thorough revisions and additional new material.

NightWatch has been acclaimed as the best general interest introduction to astronomy. The fourth edition has improvements over the 3rd edition in every chapter, including:

  • The famous charts, ideal for stargazers using a small telescope or binoculars
  • A complete update of the equipment section, including computerized telescopes
  • An enlarged photography section,
    including how-to instructions for using the new generation of digital cameras for astronomical photography, both with and without a telescope
  • The tables of future solar and lunar eclipses, planetary conjunctions and planet locations, updated through 2025.

This edition includes star charts for use in the southern hemisphere. There are also dozens of new photographs throughout the book that show the latest thrilling discoveries made by current space observatories and probes.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554071470
Publisher:
Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date:
07/21/2013
Edition description:
Fourth Edition, Updated for use through 2025
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
78,301
Product dimensions:
11.00(w) x 10.75(h) x 0.87(d)
Age Range:
10 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

About the author / Foreword / Preface

Chapter 1: DISCOVERING THE COSMOS
      Naturalists of the Night; The Starry Realm

Chapter 2: THE UNIVERSE IN ELEVEN STEPS
      The Milky Way Galaxy; Hubble Deep Field

Chapter 3: BACKYARD ASTRONOMY
      Sky Motions; Sky Measures; Big Dipper Signpost; Star Brightness; Constellations & Star Names; Star & Constellation Pronunciation Guide

Chapter 4: STARS FOR ALL SEASONS
      The All-Sky Charts; The Spring Sky; The Summer Sky; Urban Myths of Stargazing; The Light-Pollution Factor; The Autumn Sky; The Winter Sky; The Ecliptic & the Zodiac

Chapter 5: STARGAZING EQUIPMENT
      Selecting Binoculars; Telescopes; Frequently Asked Questions About Telescopes; Finderscopes; Telescope Types; Size Versus Seeing; Telescope Accessories; Eyepieces; Focal Ratio; Computer-Age Scopes; Telescope Comparisons; Factors to Consider When Selecting a First Telescope

Chapter 6: PROBING THE DEPTHS
      Double Stars; Using Your Night Eyes; Variable Stars; Star Clusters; Distances to stars & Galaxies; Nebulas; Averted Vision; Globular Clusters; Galaxies; Telescope Experience; Designation of Sky Objects; Keeping Records; Using the Deep-Sky Charts; Atlas of 20 Star Charts

Chapter 7: THE PLANETS
      Astronomy From the City; Mercury; Venus; Mars; The Asteroid Belt; Jupiter; Saturn; The Outer Planets; Visibility of the Planets

Chapter 8: MOON AND SUN
      Moon Maps; Observing the Sun; The Moon Illusion

Chapter 9: SOLAR AND LUNAR ECLIPSES
      Observing Eclipses; The Eclipse Cult; Eclipse Tables

Chapter 10: COMETS, METEORS AND AURORAS
      Famous & Infamous Comets; Meteors; Auroras

Chapter 11: PHOTOGRAPHING THE NIGHT SKY
      Films & Techniques; The Barn-Door Tracker; CCD Cameras: Astro-Imaging Revolution

Chapter 12: RESOURCES

Index

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