280 pages, 273 illus
This could be the first dictionary of astronomy specifically written for practical amateur astronomers. In addition to definitions, it provides an invaluable reference source for terms, techniques, instruments, formulas and processes for practising observers, both amateur and professional. A special feature of this dictionary is extended definitions for many topics; they give sufficient information for many of the techniques and items of instrumentation to be used as well as understood. With over 200 illustrations and extensive appendices, this is an essential reference book for every astronomer.
From the reviews: "This publication is wide-ranging with over 1,800 entries and 273 illustrations. It also provides web addresses for relevant organizations ! . There are extensive appendices including the Messier and Caldwell catalogues, relevant addresses of organizations and even the Greek alphabet. ! it is undoubtedly an invaluable reference tool for the dedicated practical astronomer." (Sharon Hough, Astronomy & Space, April, 2004) "This book is primarily aimed at the practicing amateur observer. There is most certainly a need for a reference work of this sort, and the author has managed to go some way towards filling a glaring gap in the market. ! this dictionary is a mandatory addition to the practical astronomer's bookshelf." (T. J. Mahoney, The Observatory, Vol. 124 (1179), 2004) "It does an excellent job of covering the basics and many not so basic aspects of astronomy. In fact, it provides more depth than would be considered normal for a dictionary in most cases, and nicely bridges the gap between a pure dictionary and an encyclopaedia. ! A worthwhile addition to one's reference library ! . for an advanced amateur, this might just be the eclectic mix for which they yearn." (Roger Feasey, Auckland Astronomical Society Journal, May, 2003) "The emphasis in this dictionary is very much on the word 'practical' contained in the title. ! many practical astronomers will find the book useful. It deals in some detail with techniques and instrumentation, offering many useful charts and diagrams. ! The book is well cross-referenced and includes a number of useful appendices. ! The dictionary finishes with a listing of astronomical societies worldwide and a bibliography which covers major journals, yearbooks, star catalogues, reference books, introductory books on astronomy and practical guides." (L. J. Anthony, Reference Reviews, Vol. 17 (1), 2003)
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