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Stargazing Basics: Getting Started in Recreational Astronomy

Handbook / ManualPopular Science

By: Paul E Kinzer(Author)

170 pages, 91 b/w illustrations, 8 maps

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Jul 2015 | Edition: 2 | #220948 | ISBN-13: 9781107439405
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How do I get started in astronomy? Should I buy binoculars or a telescope? What can I expect to see? This wonderful beginners' guide to astronomy covers all the information you need to get started. This second edition has been fully updated and now includes new illustrations, the latest astronomy equipment and celestial events through to the year 2025. It starts by explaining the basic techniques and equipment you need for exploring the skies before taking you on a tour of the night sky, covering the Moon, Sun, stars, planets and more. Any necessary technical terms are clearly explained. The author gives sound advice on using and purchasing affordable binoculars, telescopes and accessories, and Stargazing Basics is illustrated with photos taken by the author, showing how objects in the sky actually look through modest amateur equipment. It contains a comprehensive glossary and references to further astronomy resources and websites.

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How do I get started in astronomy? Should I buy binoculars or a telescope?...

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Introduction: why another stargazing guide?

Part I. Stargazing Techniques and Equipment
1. With the naked eye alone
2. Binoculars: the next step
3. 'But I want a telescope!'

Part II. What's up There?
4. The Solar System
5. The deep sky

Part III. A Stargazing Glossary

Appendix 1. The Greek alphabet
Appendix 2. The constellations

Some simple star charts

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