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About this book
About this book
Explains the basics of astronomy, the selection of binoculars, and the stars, nebulas and galaxies awaiting the observer. Includes detailed constellation maps from both hemispheres, with material on the Sun, Moon, planets, comets and meteors.
Preface to the third edition; 1. The night sky; 2. Binoculars of many kinds; 3. Among the stars; 4. Double stars and variable stars; 5. Clusters, nebulae and galaxies; 6. Stars of the seasons; 7. The constellations; 8. The sun and its eclipses; 9. Lunar landscapes; 10. The planets; 11. Comets and shooting stars; 12. Summing-up; Appendices; Bibliography; A note on metrication.
Patrick Moore, host of the monthly television show The Sky at Night since 1957, is a distinguished and prolific author of more than 70 astronomy books. He has served as President of the British Astronomical Association. His contributions to the public understanding of astronomy have been marked by special awards from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, the Italian Astronomical Society, and the Royal Astronomical Society. Patrick Moore is a great enthusiast, always encouraging anyone with an interest in the night sky to get out and observe.
213 pages, 34 b/w illus, 107 figs, 12 tabs
From reviews of previous editions: ' ! this has been the introduction to the night sky that I've recommended more than any other ! If you know of someone whose enthusiasm for the night sky has been inspired ! I can think of no better gift than a pair of binoculars and a copy of this excellent book.' Brian Kelly, The Observatory ' ! written in Patrick Moore's well-known, easy-to-read, personal style ! This book is a good general introduction to the night sky using binoculars and it should encourage the reader to go and look for themselves.' Alan Dowdell, Webb Society Reviews '! a useful beginner's guide to the binocular.' Sky and Telescope 'This book would be a good buy for someone new to astronomy as it covers all aspects of observational work at a fairly basic level and would continue to be a useful information source for many years to come.' Linda Robertson, Astronomy Now 'Exploring the Night Sky with Binoculars is a good book for beginner and casual binocular observers, with enough deep-sky objects to keep them going for a long time !'. Astronomy and Space 'This book shows Patrick on top form and will not only appeal to the novice. I found it to be a highly informative, well written book with plenty of useful maps and sketches. I would certainly recommend this book, and not just for the beginners it is aimed at. Even for veterans of the night sky like myself those book could be a worthy addition to the collection.' Dave Fletcher, Popular Astronomy 'This guide is therefore an ideal start to observe celestial objects using simple instruments as binoculars ! an indispensable preparation for further observations using larger instruments.' Orion (Societe Astronomique de Suisse)