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Visual Astronomy in the Suburbs: A Guide to Spectacular Viewing

Handbook / Manual

Series: The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series

By: Antony Cooke

265 pages, 159 illus., 16 in colour


Paperback | Dec 2003 | #159843 | ISBN: 1852337079
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Most amateur astronomers, because they live in or near cities, have to carry out their observing from relatively light-polluted sites. It is possible to reduce the effects of a poor location by the use of CCD imaging, but many observers prefer to look at astronomical objects rather than photograph them. Skill, observing techniques, and modern technology - such as image intensifiers - can now be used to astonishing effect to observe the night sky in real-time. Illustrating the book with images and some of his own superb drawings, Antony Cooke explains how to observe some of the most spectacular objects from less than perfect observing sites.

From the reviews: "This book is clear, well laid out ! and is divided into sections on equipment, techniques for seeing and results of actual observations and captured images. ! It is good in what it sets out to do ! ." (David Fox, Astronomy & Space, May, 2005) "In a series of ten chapters, the author describes how the Moon, planets and deep sky objects can be observed in real time by using a telescope equipped with auxiliary equipment designed to counteract the deleterious effects of light pollution. As the many excellent images in the book attest, it is now possible to enjoy the thrills of deep space exploration from the comfort of your urban backyard ! . This book is a must buy for the city astronomer." (Neil English, Astronomy Now, May, 2004) "Visual Astronomy in the Suburbs is aimed squarely at today's observer who is often confined to the rosy glow of city living. It is a comprehensive guide to getting the most out of your evenings under the stars. The book is dedicated purely to 'real time' observing. ! is a fantastic companion to a good star atlas and should be considered an essential for today's amateur who has to endure light pollution. ! Buy the book and take your observing to the next level." (Cameron Jack, Southern Stars, Vol. 43 (1), March, 2004) "Because the whole gamut of observing is so huge, the author has restricted the content to 'live' visual observing only, and expressly visual observing from a typical light polluted suburban environment. ! The author has very definite ideas about these subjects, and these are expressed clearly throughout. ! this distinctive book remains full of great ideas and insight relevant to visual observers who are keen to use a bit of technology in support of their hobby/obsession, for observers at all locations." (Roger Feasey, AAS - Auckland Astronomical Society Journal, April, 2004) "Every backyard skygazer cherishes skies so dark they look deep, deep gray due to unresolved, faint starlight. But the reality for most of us is a suburban site full of compromises. California amateur astronomer Anthony Cooke has written a valuable book that accepts these limitations and shows how you can explore the heavens from home." (, August, 2004)


Foreword.- Purpose and Fundamentals.- Practical Applications and Viewing Aids.- Techniques for Seeing.- Introduction to Drawings and Real Time Video.- The Moon The Planets Deep Space - Visual Impressions and Expectations: The Primary Catalog.- Second viewing Catalog.- Supplementary Catalog for the Southern Hemisphere.- Postscript.- Appendix.- Bibliography.- Index.

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