Stargazing with Binoculars

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A serious contender for the title of best all-around introduction to binocular astronomy.
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Stargazing with Binoculars is the ideal guide for newcomers to astronomy. The authors lead the beginner through the first steps of using binoculars to observe the night sky, describing what ...

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Overview

Praise for the first edition:
A serious contender for the title of best all-around introduction to binocular astronomy.
— Sky and Telescope

Updated with the latest in binocular technology

Stargazing with Binoculars is the ideal guide for newcomers to astronomy. The authors lead the beginner through the first steps of using binoculars to observe the night sky, describing what will be visible and showing how to find specific objects. They review the wide range of binoculars currently on the market and provide advice on features to consider before making a purchase.

This new edition has been thoroughly updated to incorporate the most recent advances in binoculars. Illustrated throughout and filled with handy tips and tricks, it covers:

  • What to expect from binoculars and how they actually work
  • Buying binoculars for the first time
  • Upgrading after the first purchase
  • Observing the sun, the moon, planets, comets, asteroids, stars, clusters, variable stars, double stars, novas, nebulas and galaxies
  • The effects of light pollution
  • Observing from the city and from the countryside
  • Terminology.

Stargazing with Binoculars is a practical, easy-to-read handbook for newcomers to astronomy.

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Editorial Reviews

Sky & Telescope - Tony Flanders
Among the many good books on binocular astronomy, Stargazing with Binoculars stands out as one of the best. Veteran astronomy writer Robin Scagell and new author David Frydman pack an amazing amount of information into a volume that's clearly written, entertaining, attractive, and portable.... Stargazing has excellent, detailed chapters on choosing and using binoculars, complete with descriptions and photographs of specific models. The material is up to date to 2008... By any standard, Stargazing is a serious contender for the title of best all-around introduction to binocular astronomy. Several books cover the deep sky as well or better, but few have such good discussions of solar-system observing and equipment selection, and hardly any are as up-to -date with modern technology.
Coalition for Space Exploration.com
[Review of earlier edition:] This is a handy-dandy guide to heavenly viewing by using—what the authors dub—"the poor person's telescope." ....This 208-page book is packed with easy to use star maps, as well as a month-by-month guide to the best objects to study. So latch onto a copy of the practical guide and step outside for a sky full of enjoyment.
Mobile Press-Register - John Sledge
[Review of earlier edition:] What distinguishes this volume aren't the charts but rather the practical advice and clear instruction.
Sky and Telescope
[Review of earlier edition:] A serious contender for the title of best all-around introduction to binocular astronomy.
American Profile - Neil Pond
[Review of earlier edition:] You don't need a fancy, expensive telescope to enjoy the twinkly treasures of the nighttime sky. This handy, compact guide offers practical advice on buying the right kind of binoculars for stargazing, dozens of charts and graphs, and a bounty of tips on observing — and contemplating — the moon, planets, comets, asteroids, nebulas and other celestial bodies that come out after the sun goes down.
Cottage Life
[Review of earlier edition:] Astronomy is cooler than birdwatching and a lot less creepy than spying on your cottage neighbours. Get started with this beginner's guide, newly updated and revised.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554073689
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/14/2008
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Robin Scagell is an author, consultant and broadcaster, and he is the vice president of the Society for Popular Astronomy. In 2007 he received the Sir Arthur Clarke Award for Space Reporting, and in 2001 an asteroid was named after him.

David Frydman is a lifelong amateur astronomer who mainly observes the night sky with binoculars.

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