Stars and Planets

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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 ...
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Overview

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691089126
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 1/8/2001
  • Series: Princeton Field Guides Series
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 4.95 (w) x 7.77 (h) x 1.43 (d)

Table of Contents

Section I
Introduction 4
The Star Charts 19
Northern and Southern Hemisphere Skies 20
Monthly Skies Throughout the Year 24
The 88 Constellations 72
Section II
Stars 263
Double and Multiple Stars 278
Variable Stars 279
Milky Way, Galaxies and the Universe 283
The Sun 292
The Solar System 298
The Moon 302
Moon Maps 313
Eclipses of the Sun and Moon 334
Mercury 338
Venus 342
Mars 347
Five-year positions for Mars, Jupiter and Saturn 356
Jupiter 366
Saturn 371
Uranus, Neptune and Pluto 375
Comets and Meteors 379
Asteroids and Meteorites 383
Astronomical Instruments and Observing 385
Basic Astrophotography 393
Index 395
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2005

    A must to accompany observing

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2003

    WoW!

    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.

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