Have you ever heard a strange sound in the brush while looking up at the night sky? Have you ever felt a "presence" that made the hair on the back of your neck stand on end? Have you ever sniffed the air in the dark and wondered if that close, musky smell was a real life Ursa Major only a few yards away? Maybe you've wondered what it's like to travel with an expedition to Mexico for a total solar eclipse, or to South America to see a famous comet. Ever wanted to get out under dark skies with a telescope, or binoculars, or just your naked eyes, but were worried about razorbacks and rattlesnakes; or panthers and polar bears? Or have you ever wondered if getting out in the wild places, and looking up, might just change your life? Many readers will have experienced adventures of a kind, but many may not have. I invite you to read what both amateur and professional astronomers have encountered while doing astronomy in the wild places
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About the Author
Gregory Zentz has been an amateur astronomer for more than 40 years. In that time he has spent thousands of hours at the telescope far away from city lights, out in the wild places. By day he has been a 'Tech Rep' for several scientific instrument, software, and hardware manufacturers. He currently resides with his wife in Saint Johns, Florida.
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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.