Skywatching

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Skywatching is your comprehensive, indispensable guide to the magic and mystery of the heavens, from the glow of the night's first star to the splendor of distant galaxies.

Authoritative, lavishly photographed and illustrated guides to the wonders of the natural world around us. Clear, accessible format, charts, diagrams, field tips, practical pointers and historical profiles.

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Overview

Skywatching is your comprehensive, indispensable guide to the magic and mystery of the heavens, from the glow of the night's first star to the splendor of distant galaxies.

Authoritative, lavishly photographed and illustrated guides to the wonders of the natural world around us. Clear, accessible format, charts, diagrams, field tips, practical pointers and historical profiles.

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Levy, a noted comet hunter and amateur astronomer, provides the text for this volume in a new guidebook series. Profusely illustrated, Skywatching has been well designed to advise and encourage the potential "backyard" astronomer. Brief background explanations speed the reader through relevant topics such as the history of astronomy, types of stars and other celestial objects of interest to skywatchers, and techniques and equipment for the amateur. The core of the book features a series of seasonal sky charts to be used in conjunction with a generous alphabetical arrangement of constellation maps. Viewpoints for both northern and southern hemispheres are represented, with the sky's offerings accessible through binoculars, small telescope, and the naked eye clearly set out for any approximate latitude and time of year. Although the ever-varying motions of the planets are necessarily omitted, the creators of this guidebook have supplied more than enough inspiration to send readers out in search of a sufficiently dark, unobstructed view of the night sky. For general readers. [Another volume in the "Nature Company Guide" series, Birding, is reviewed on p. 84.-Ed.]-Patrick Dunn, East Tennessee State Univ. Lib., Johnson City
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An accessible guide to the heavens for general readers of high school age and up, full of spectacular color photos and illustrations. Sections on skywatching through the ages, stars and galaxies, skywatching tools and techniques, and probing the universe feature bite-sized chunks of information on scientific and technical concepts, as well as human and historical aspects of astronomy. Includes sky charts and constellation maps, and an annotated resource directory. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780783547510
  • Publisher: Time-Life Custom Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/28/1997
  • Series: Nature Company Guides Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Age range: 8 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.86 (w) x 11.42 (h) x 1.29 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2003

    Great book for its price!

    I bought this book at the local B & N for $9.98! It is a great resource for small telescopes & binoculars (and naked eye). I like the easy to use sky charts (based on time and season) and then drilling into the constellation charts to get more detail on the area you are interested in. I am using it to learn the sky (constellations) and it is working fine. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because it is a hardcover book. In the field it is a pain to keep your place (not to mention the dew wreaks havoc). At < $10, though it is worth the price.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2003

    Overall very good

    This book isvery good. It has individual constellation pages and skycharts. The only major problem is the quotes they don't make any sense! like (Space nothing puzzles me more yet nothing troubles me less) Is that appropriate?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2001

    I Love It!

    This book has been extremely helpful in skywatcing with the naked eye and binoculars for me. It shows you all sorts of astronomical objects. The most helpful part of the book to me are the constellation charts. They tell me about the constellation then show messier objects that are in the constellation, wether it can be seen by the naked eye, binoculars, or a telescope. I recommend this book to anyone who needs a very helpful skywatching guide.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2000

    This is a outstanding book.

    What I like about Skywatching is that any one can read it. Its the kind you just can't put down and its very educational. David H.levy makes very good books. I can't wait until I can get Advanced Skywatching. Thats what I think of this book.

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