By: Storm Dunlop and Wil Tirion
256 pages, colour photos, colour maps, colour tables, including starfinder
An introductory guide to navigating your way around the night sky and identifying what you can see on any given night. Designed as a comprehensive introduction for the beginner and those who want to find out more, "Collins Night Sky" covers everything that can be seen with the naked eye and binoculars, as well as what is visible using a small telescope.
There are sections on how to observe and understand the objects that comprise the night sky, the moon, the movements of the stars and planets throughout the year and astronomical events. The constellations are given a comprehensive treatment. Each one includes a chart, a photograph, a description of its features and history, the best dates and times of visibility, the mythological representation and a list of interesting objects. The circular starfinder works in a very simple way: just dial in the date and time by rotating the inner plastic disc--the time-- until it lines up with the relevant day of the year calibrated on the outer ring. The portion of sky shown on the starfinder will show the arrangement of the stars above you.
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Storm Dunlop has written numerous books and articles on both astronomy and meteorology. Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and the Royal Meteorological Society, he also teaches adult education classes and gives lectures and talks.
Wil Tirion is the world's leading uranographer, and his charts have appeared in astronomy books all over the world.
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