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Telescope Tales: Astronomy in the Wild Places based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Are you an amateur astronomer? Or maybe the long suffering spouse of an amateur astronomer? If so, then you have either experienced or been told about the many odd, unsettling and (mostly) amusing things that happen to people with a hobby that regards 2:00 AM is a reasonable time for a visit to the woods. Gregory Zentz has produced a real gem of a book for anyone with a love for the night sky. This collection of real life anecdotes, historical fact, geekish mishaps, and even the occasional tragedy, combine to tell more clearly than any text book what it is really like for those who venture out into the dark with telescope and star chart. Where else can you find Tycho's moose, several SWAT teams, Inca ruins, and more mosquitoes than a person can bear, all in the same book? Author Zentz writes in a smooth, easy to read style as he leads the reader through one story after another. Telescope Tales is structured with each chapter of stories bringing a common theme, for instance, encounters with animals in the wild, or perhaps even encounters with the law. For the experienced, these stories will bring a laugh or a woeful nod of the head and a "gee, that sounds like what happened to me!" My advice? Get a copy of Telescope Tales! If not for yourself, then get one for that amateur astronomer friend with a love of the night.