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Southern California StarWatch: The Essential Guide to Our Night Sky

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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 southern California’s night sky. Whether watching the sky from a backyard lawn chair or manning a high-powered telescope, southern Californian stargazers of all levels will learn how and when to identify the major constellations at their region’s latitude. With chapters on the origins and movements of stars, the mythology of ...

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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 southern California’s night sky. Whether watching the sky from a backyard lawn chair or manning a high-powered telescope, southern Californian stargazers of all levels will learn how and when to identify the major constellations at their region’s latitude. 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 also serves as an accessible and in-depth beginner’s guide to the night sky. It includes 12 monthly star maps for southern California skies, 21 constellation diagrams, a local resources guide, a list of the brightest stars in the region, and more than 80 beautiful color photographs of the heavens.

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Editorial Reviews

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Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, July 1, 2007

“It is thorough, but not overwhelming, and written clearly enough that children can read it and be inspired, too.”

 

Midwest Book Review, June 2007

“Offers regional specifics perfect for local star-gazing groups, and far superior to the more general astronomy overviews which neglect the attributes and appearances of the local skies.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760328415
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press
  • Publication date: 2/15/2007
  • Series: StarWatch Series
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Master stargazing instructor and author Mike Lynch has led his popular community stargazing classes for over 30 years and has instructed thousands of would-be backyard astronomers (and maybe a few would-be professional astronomers)! He also writes a weekly astronomy column for the ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS and numerous other newspapers. In his day job, Mike is a broadcast meteorologist for WCCO Radio. He lives in Eagan, Minnesota.

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Table of Contents

Contents

 

Introduction

Make the Stars Your Old Friends

 

Chapter 1

Quantitative Meditation

 

Chapter 2

What’s a Star?

 

Chapter 3

A Sky Full of Constellations

 

Chapter 4

Stars on the Move

 

Chapter 5

Using Star Maps

 

Chapter 6

Northern Constellations

 

Chapter 7

Autumn Constellations

 

Chapter 8

Winter Constellations

 

Chapter 9

Spring Constellations

 

Chapter 10

Summer Constellations

 

Chapter 11

The Marvelous but Mischievous Moon

 

Chapter 12

Planets, Wanderers of the Sky

 

Chapter 13

Celestial Extras

 

Chapter 14

You and Your Telescope

 

Appendix A

Planet Locator

 

Appendix B

Brightest Stars

 

Appendix C

Resources

 

Index

 

Appendix D

Monthly Star Maps

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