Stars and Planets

Stars and Planets

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by Ian Ridpath, Amie Gallagher, Dorling Kindersley Publishing Staff
     
 

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Eyewitness Stars and Planets handbooks are ideal for field use or as home references. Each photograph has ample identifying information, plus diagrams to provide a comprehensive, concise guide. A practical guide to the night sky that can be used by amateur astronomers anywhere in the world. Features entries on all 88 constellations of the northern and southern

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Eyewitness Stars and Planets handbooks are ideal for field use or as home references. Each photograph has ample identifying information, plus diagrams to provide a comprehensive, concise guide. A practical guide to the night sky that can be used by amateur astronomers anywhere in the world. Features entries on all 88 constellations of the northern and southern hemisphere skies and a set of clear, easy-to-use star charts allow the reader to identify unknown objects at any time of the year, Eyewitness Stars and Planets Eyewitness handbooks are ideal for field use or as home references. Each photograph has ample identifying information, plus diagrams to provide a comprehensive, concise guide.

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"The handy size, copious illustrations, maps and charts, as well as the latest in astrophotography throughout . . . practically beg[s] astronomers to take [Stars and Planets] along to star parties."--Astronomy

"For those who gaze at the night sky, seeking the familiar patterns known to sailors and shepherds, this field guide will be an invaluable companion."--Bruce E. Fleury, Science Books & Films

"[A] first-class pocket field guide to the sky.... The charts, by Wil Tirion, are what we would expect of this master of celestial cartography; they are uncluttered, easy to read, and compress many (but not too many!) objects in a small space.... [A] very nicely produced book."--John Mosley, Planetarian

"This marvelously dense field guide tells you everything you need to know to find your way around the sky, whether you are an eager novice who is just looking around or a serious observer using binoculars or a telescope."--Discover

"[C]omprehensive yet compact.... This beautiful guide is suitable for amateurs and novices as well as stargazers more acquainted with navigating their night skies."--Irene Wanner, Seattle Times

"[A] rich resource for advanced amateurs, but novices will also like the star charts (both Northern and Southern hemispheres) and abundant explanatory text detailing each of the 88 constellations and the stars within them, as well as the sun, moon, planets, and Milky Way."--Library Journal

"Though I'm not in a position to assess the title's proclamation of being the most complete guide, I will say that it is the best one that I've read. With Ian Ridpath's text and Wil Tirion's illustrations, the Princeton Field Guides Stars & Planets is a wonderful guide to the stars, planets, galaxies, and our own solar system. It will help in getting that elusive target into the finder and onto the eagerly awaiting eye."--Mark Mortimer, Universe Today

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780789435606
Publisher:
DK Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
09/15/1998
Series:
Eyewitness Handbooks Series
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.61(h) x 0.81(d)

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David H. Levy
Ridpath and Tirion are an unbeatable team. Ridpath writes concisely and movingly about the sky,and Tirion's charts are beautifully done and easy to follow. This is a superb guide to the night sky.
Mitchell Begelman
A concise and beautifully illustrated guide to the sky's best sights,and to the science behind them.

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Stars and Planets 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have the first addition from many years ago. I'm buying a copy for my nephew since he is getting interested. It includes short chapeters on all the planets, sun, other stars, and more, but the real value of this book is the field application of the sky maps.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ridpath's Stars and Planets is a complete and comprhensive book of knowledge regarding the universe. It has both the maps and the text to allow one to understand the simplicity of backyard astronomy as well as the complexities of deep space. The book is probably the most used reference in my astronomy library. I would recommend to all who are interested in the subject matter, not only beginners, but those who are accomplished as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am one of those people who has trouble finding specific constellations, and is never quite sure whether I'm looking at Jupiter or Venus. I carry around little scraps of paper from the newspaper so I can figure out which planets are visible . . . but have a hard time reading the scraps in the dark. With this book, I can see when and where each planet will appear through 2012. I can also get all the help I need to know what constellations are up there now, and which ones will be present when. As a result, I can finally introduce the starry heavens in an appropriate way to younger people. I already know a lot about astronomy, but the night sky was beyond me. No longer! Whew! Although my four children did not get much help with the heavens from me, the grandchildren will receive great benefits from this resource. Even if you are good at identifying objects in the night sky, this book will be a valuable, convenient reference for you. Enjoy the lore that our ancestors appreciated by seeing new aspects of the night-time sky! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution