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By: Robin Scagell and David Frydman
208 pages, Photos, figures
Philip's Stargazing with Binoculars is a practical guide that describes the wide range of objects that can be observed in the night sky using normal binoculars. Binoculars provide a great start in astronomy--compared with telescopes, they are comparatively cheap and easy to use, are light and compact, and can be used for many other activities such as birdwatching. But when you are out there on a starry night, how do you know what to look at? What are the best objects to observe through binoculars? Just how much can you see, and what are the tips and tricks for getting the most out of them?
"Philip's Stargazing with Binoculars" reveals what to expect from a pair of binoculars and how to choose the right ones if you are buying for the first time, or upgrading. It gives straightforward explanations of how they work and how to progress from first-time user to hobby observer, giving practical help for setting up and using any binoculars. Aimed principally at newcomers to astronomy of all ages, "Philip's Stargazing with Binoculars" describes a wide range of binoculars and accessories that are internationally available, with examples of objects to observe taken from both northern and southern hemispheres. A glossary of technical terms and an index are included, making it even easier for the beginner to use and understand binoculars.
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Robin Scagell is Vice President of Britain's Society for Popular Astronomy. He is the author of several popular astronomy books, and has contributed to many other publications. He often appears on television, commenting on events in space and astronomy, and runs an astronomical picture agency. David Frydman has been a keen observer for many years of all things astronomical and of atmospheric phenomena. In recent years he has observed mainly with binoculars and small telescopes. He has a special interest in optical instruments, having tested and used many hundred binoculars, telescopes and lenses.
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