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Anton Vamplew's Stargazing Secrets

Handbook / ManualPopular ScienceOut of Print

By: Anton Vamplew

176 pages, colour illus

Harper Collins

Hardback | Sep 2007 | #166365 | ISBN-13: 9780007242245
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The next level up from his previous book Simple Stargazing, Anton Vamplew's Stargazing Secrets is aimed at the intermediate astronomer who wants to find out about everything that can be seen in the night sky beyond the naked eye. With advice on choosing and using the right equipment, this is the ideal guide for any avid astronomer wanting to develop their knowledge further.

Packed with information on what you will be able to see, and illustrated with the author's original charts, Stargazing Secrets discusses some of the more complex issues and terminologies of astronomy such as how to measure the distance of a star from the Earth, why the Moon appears bigger nearer the horizon than high in the sky, and where and when to see aurorae. Guiding you through the more distant aspects of our universe and covering constellations, double stars and galactic clusters in both northern and southern hemispheres, this lively, accessible and authoritative book makes a complex subject enjoyable and easy to understand.

Praise for Simple Stargazing: 'It is so good that I cannot put it down' David H Levy 'Vamplew clearly knows and loves the subject and he successfully conveys his enthusiasm to the reader!it revitalised my interest in the basics of observing for sheer pleasure' Peter Grego, BBC Sky at Night 'With a knack for detail and minimal complications, he cuts the intimidation and adds lots of fun to boot' Mark Mortimer, Universe Today

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Anton's profile is on the rise as Britain's new face of astronomy. For seven years he was the BBC Blue Peter astronomer, and he currently appears regularly on the BBC 7 Big Toe Radio Show, as well as on TV and radio news shows commenting on space and astronomy stories. He writes monthly for both the BBC Sky at Night magazine and the BBC Space website. Anton is also a presenter, writer and producer of planetarium shows, where he is dedicated to getting the astronomy message across to all ages.

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