The Deep-Sky Observer's Year: A Guide to Observing Deep-Sky Objects Throughout the Year

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Deep-sky observing is easily the most popular field for amateur astronomers. The big problem faced by non-professional observers is what to look at - what is visible at a particular time of year. The Deep-Sky Observers Year is a month-by-month guide to the best objects to view. Objects are given a "star rating" according to how difficult they are to observe or image with a particular size of telescope. The book includes many images produced by amateur astronomers, as well as photographs from NASA, ESA, and ESO. ...

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Overview

Deep-sky observing is easily the most popular field for amateur astronomers. The big problem faced by non-professional observers is what to look at - what is visible at a particular time of year. The Deep-Sky Observers Year is a month-by-month guide to the best objects to view. Objects are given a "star rating" according to how difficult they are to observe or image with a particular size of telescope. The book includes many images produced by amateur astronomers, as well as photographs from NASA, ESA, and ESO. There is background information about the objects, along with lots of useful tips, hints, and resources.

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SKY & TELESCOPE
"Most everything you want to know about observing clusters, nebulae, and galaxies can be found in these meaty selections from the Practical Astronomy series of legendary British astronomy popularizer Patrick Moore…No doubt some amateurs will want to have all three of these well-prepared guides on their astronomy bookshelves.”

SKY & TELESCOPE
"…it packs a lot of information. I enjoyed the authors’ insightful and well-written introduction that waxes philosophical about observing as it explains the layout of the book…The descriptions are presented in easy-going, accessible prose, with the authors giving advice on the minimum optics required for pleasing views of each object.”

From the Publisher
FROM THE REVIEWS:

SKY & TELESCOPE
"Most everything you want to know about observing clusters, nebulae, and galaxies can be found in these meaty selections from the Practical Astronomy series of legendary British astronomy popularizer Patrick Moore…No doubt some amateurs will want to have all three of these well-prepared guides on their astronomy bookshelves.”

SKY & TELESCOPE
"…it packs a lot of information. I enjoyed the authors’ insightful and well-written introduction that waxes philosophical about observing as it explains the layout of the book…The descriptions are presented in easy-going, accessible prose, with the authors giving advice on the minimum optics required for pleasing views of each object.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781852332730
  • Publisher: Springer London
  • Publication date: 12/28/2000
  • Series: Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series
  • Edition description: 2001
  • Pages: 253
  • Product dimensions: 6.15 (w) x 9.27 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents

Part 1: Preparing for Deep-Sky Observing: Introduction. Deep-sky Observing. Binoculars, Telescopes, What can you observe with a telescope? Observing Techniques. Avoiding Common Mistakes. The Messier Marathon and Other Pursuits. What Are We Looking At? 6 Atlases and Other Resources.- Part II: The Night Sky Month by Month: The Star System and Nomenclature. January. February. March. April. May. June. July. August. September. October. November. December. Postscript.

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