Stargazing With Binoculars

Stargazing With Binoculars

by Robin Scagell, David Frydman
     
 

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Among the many good books on binocular astronomy, Stargazing with Binoculars stands out as one of the best. [Scagell and Frydman] pack an amazing amount of information into a volume that's clearly written, entertaining, attractive, and portable.
--Sky and Telescope

A serious contender for the title

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Reviews for the previous editions:

Among the many good books on binocular astronomy, Stargazing with Binoculars stands out as one of the best. [Scagell and Frydman] pack an amazing amount of information into a volume that's clearly written, entertaining, attractive, and portable.
--Sky and Telescope

A serious contender for the title of best all-around introduction to binocular astronomy.
--Sky and Telescope

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

This edition has been thoroughly updated to incorporate the latest binocular technology. Illustrated throughout and packed with handy tips and tricks, the book includes:

  • How binoculars work and what to expect
  • Buying for the first time and upgrading
  • The wide range of binoculars available internationally
  • Using different sizes of binoculars
  • The effects of light pollution
  • Observing the Sun, Moon, planets, comets, asteroids, stars, clusters, variable stars, double stars, novae, nebulae and galaxies
  • Guidance for observing in the city and in the country
  • Glossary of terms.

Binoculars are portable and financially accessible, whereas a telescope can be costly and unwieldy. Even binoculars without bells and whistles will give the viewer an exciting look into the night sky. This introduction is the ideal guide in that pursuit.

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Editorial Reviews

The Cottager - Bruce Owen
This easy-to-follow guide tells you how to really see the stars, where to look and what you're actually looking at. It also offers practical tips on what equipment to purchase and how to use it to get the most of your new hobby, be it on the deck, dock or beach.
From the Publisher
[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.
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.
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.
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.
Sunday Herald
It's hard to go wrong with a Firefly book, and this one is no exception... The book is packed with text, photographs, charts and diagrams.
Mobile Press-Register
What distinguishes this volume aren't the charts but rather the practical advice and clear instruction.
— John Sledge
American Profile - Neil Pond
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.
American Profile
You don't need a fancy, expensive telescope to enjoy the twinkly treasures of the nighttime sky.
— Neil Pond

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781770853287
Publisher:
Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date:
02/18/2014
Edition description:
Fourth Edition, Revised and Expanded
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
1,128,951
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Robin Scagell is an author, consultant, broadcaster and operator of the Galaxy Picture Library. He is founder of the West of London Astronomical Society and vice president of the Society for Popular Astronomy. In 2007 he was awarded the Sir Arthur Clarke Award for Space Reporting and in 2001 Asteroid Scagell was named after him. Unfortunately it cannot be seen using binoculars.

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

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