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Observing the Night Sky with Binoculars: A Simple Guide to the Heavens

Handbook / Manual

By: Stephen James O'Meara

149 pages, 225 halftones

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Oct 2008 | #175269 | ISBN-13: 9780521721707
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NHBS Price: £24.99 $32/€30 approx

About this book

Month by month, star by star, object by object, Stephen James O'Meara takes readers on a celestial journey to many of the most prominent stars and constellations visible from mid-northern latitudes. Filled with interesting anecdotes about the stars and constellations and their intriguing histories, this book is both a useful guide for amateur astronomers, and a great first-time reference for those just starting out. After describing a constellation's mythology, readers are guided in locating and identifying its brightest stars in the sky, as well as any other bright targets of interest - colourful stars, double or multiple stars, star clusters and asterisms, nebulae, galaxies, variable stars, and more.

This book will help beginning stargazers become familiar with the stars and constellations visible from their backyards, and explore the brightest and best stars, nebulae, and clusters visible through inexpensive, handheld binoculars.

'O'Meara's writing inspires and his passion and enthusiasm for observing leaps off the pages.' Sky at Night Magazine '... O'Meara's book really did keep me interested from the outset. ... the reader is left feeling as though they have truly learned about what they have seen. ... Within each chapter there is interesting information that covers stars, nebulae, galaxies, star clusters etc. ... allows those who have binoculars rather than a telescope to get a great deal of enjoyment out of looking up at the sky.' Astronomy Now '... a fine book that should encourage any possessor of simple optical aids to go out and seek for themselves what the night sky has to offer.' The Observatory '... I would highly recommend the book as a thorough grounding in visual observing and in the basic concepts of astronomy. It is well worth the money and my copy will get well used.' Gnomon 'Bit by bit, we are fed with little gems of information that [enhance] our appreciation and understanding of what we are observing. It's for this very reason that I found this book enthralling, and quite enchanting. Stephen is an accomplished observer, but more importantly, he has the ability to put across his obvious excitement ... [which] draws the reader into this fascinating subject ...' Federation of Astronomical Societies Newsletter '... there's nobody who does a better job [than Stephen O'Meara] describing what he sees in the sky and helping us experience some of the enjoyment that he has ... He's an observer and wants you to be one too.' Bill Pellerin, GuideStar '... simple but effective layout ... clear illustrations appear throughout ... don't miss that little spark of interest when newly seeing a bright star in the evening sky. Grab binoculars and Stephen O'Meara's book ... to begin an adventure exploring an unlimited realm.' www.universetoday.com


Contents

To the reader; The Spring Stars; 1. April; 2. May; 3. June; The Summer Stars; 4. July; 5. August; 6. September; The Autumn Stars; 7. October; 8. November; 9. December; The Winter Stars; 10. January; 11. February; 12. March; Appendix A. The Constellations; Appendix B. Nova hunting with binoculars; Index.

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Biography

Stephen James O'Meara spent much of his career on the editorial staff of Sky & Telescope. He is a columnist and contributing editor for Astronomy magazine and a world-renowned science popularizer. For his many outstanding achievements in astronomy, including the visual recovery of Halley's comet in 1985, pre-Voyager visual discovery of the spokes in Saturn's B-ring, and being the first to determine visually the rotation period of Uranus, the International Astronomical Union named asteroid 3637 O'Meara in his honor. Steve is also the recipient of the Caroline Herschel Award, as well as the prestigious Lone Stargazer Award (2001) and the Omega Centauri Award (1994) for 'his efforts in advancing astronomy through observation, writing, and promotion, and for sharing his love of the sky.' Steve was a long-time contributing editor and consultant for Odyssey, an award-winning children's science magazine. He is also a contract videographer for National Geographic Digital Motion, specializing in volcanic eruptions.

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