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Urban Astronomy

Handbook / Manual

By: Denis Berthier

111 pages, 97 Col plates, 2 illus, 11 tabs

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Feb 2004 | #136926 | ISBN: 052153190X
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NHBS Price: £23.99 $29/€27 approx

About this book

Illustrated guide to observing and photographing stars, planets and other celestial objects from urban environments. Includes advice on buying equipment and explains how to locate the principle constellations, and how to use star charts.

'The bane of any budding astronomer in London or Los Angeles - or any big city - is light pollution from roads, houses, offices and their ilk illuminating the night sky. But Denis Berthier encourages us to put exasperation aside.' New Scientist 'Not everyone has the luxury of a really dark observing site or has the time to travel long distances to find unpolluted skies. This guide shows what can be achieved from small urban back gardens and even city balconies and rooftops.' Astronomy Now 'A slim book containing some good (and some amusing) pictures and graphics. Translated from the French, Berthier's love of astronomy is evident !'. Popular Astronomy 'It is very informative and I am sure all you require in one place for those with a basic astronomy interest.' Spaceflight


Introduction; 1. Starting out without fear; 2. Observing equipment; 3. The sky above the roof-tops; 4. Season by season - what to observe; 5. How to look after your equipment; Tables.

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Denis Berthier is a French journalist who has been passionate about astronomy for the last thirty years.

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