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With the advent of inexpensive, high-power telescopes priced at under $250, amateur astronomy is now within the reach of anyone, and this is the ideal book to get you started.

The Illustrated Guide to Astronomical Wonders offers you a guide to the equipment you need, and shows you how and where to find hundreds of spectacular objects in the deep sky: double and multiple stars as well as spectacular star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies. You get a solid grounding in the fundamental concepts and terminology of astronomy, and specific advice about choosing, buying, using, and maintaining the equipment required for observing. The Illustrated Guide to Astronomical Wonders is designed to be used in the field under the special red-colored lighting used by astronomers, and includes recommended observing targets for beginners and intermediate observers alike. You get detailed start charts and specific information about the best celestial objects. The objects in this book were chosen to help you meet the requirements for several lists of objects compiled by The Astronomical League (http: //www.astroleague.org) or the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (http: //www.rasc.ca): Messier Club. Binocular Messier Club Urban Observing Club Deep Sky Binocular Club Double Star Club RASC Finest NGC List Completing the list for a particular observing club entitles anyone who is a member of the Astronomical League or RASC to an award, which includes a certificate and, in some cases, a lapel pin.

This book is perfect for amateur astronomers, students, teachers, or anyone who is ready to dive into this rewarding hobby. Who knows? You might even find a new object, like amateur astronomer Jay McNeil. On a clearcold night in January 2004, he spotted a previously undiscovered celestial object near Orion, now called McNeil's Nebula. Discover what awaits you in the night sky with the Illustrated Guide to Astronomical Wonders.

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The co-authors of Astronomy Hacks share their enthusiasm for their hobby, information about equipment, and techniques for observing some 400 objects in the night sky visible from a dark site using a 6" basic telescope. Focusing on 50 constellations from Andromeda to Vulpectula, entries include a general description, its name conventions, viewing season, culmination date, neighbors, binocular objects, urban objects, deep sky objects, and constellation charts. Further information sources are listed. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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The Illustrated Guide to Astronomical Wonders explains everything a beginner needs to know to get started, and will remain indispensable long after a beginner graduates to intermediate status. This heavily graphical book, with numerous photographs, drawings, star charts, and tables, will address, comprehensively, the two major problems beginning and intermediate astronomers face: which objects to look at and how to find those objects. It provides a solid grounding in the fundamental concepts and terminology of astronomy, and includes specific advice about choosing, buying, using, and maintaining observing equipment. Lists are provided with recommended observing targets for newbies and intermediate observers alike, including details about the best celestial objects. Star charts are sufficiently detailed to allow readers to locate and observe featured objects.

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Explaining everything a beginner needs to know to get started, this heavily graphical book provides a solid grounding in the fundamental concepts and terminology of astronomy and includes specific advice about choosing, buying, using, and maintaining observing equipment.

About the Author

Robert Bruce Thompson is the coauthor of Astronomy Hacks, Building the Perfect PC, and PC Hardware in a Nutshell. Robert built his first computer in 1976 from discrete chips. It had 256 bytes of memory, used toggle switches and LEDs for I/O, ran at less than 1MHz, and had no operating system. Since then, he has bought, built, upgraded, and repaired hundreds of PCs for himself, employers, customers, friends, and clients. Robert reads mysteries and nonfiction for relaxation, but only on cloudy nights. He spends most clear, moonless nights outdoors with his 10-inch Dobsonian reflector telescope, hunting down faint fuzzies, and is currently designing a larger truss-tube Dobsonian (computerized, of course) that he plans to build.

Barbara Fritchman Thompson is the coauthor of Astonomy Hacks, Building the Perfect PC, and PC Hardware in a Nutshell. Barbara worked for 20 years as a librarian before starting her own home-based consulting practice, Research Solutions, and is also a researcher for the law firm Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge, & Rice, PLLC. During her leisure hours, Barbara reads, works out, plays golf, and, like Robert, is an avid amateur astronomer.

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max47362, November 16, 2007 (view all comments by max47362)
The Illustrated Guide to Astronomical Wonders, written by Robert Bruce Thompson and Barbara Fritchman Thompson, and published by Make: Books, an imprint of Maker Media, a division of O'Reilly Media, Inc. is the most complete guide to the night skies of the northern hemisphere I've encountered thus far. It's first two chapters provide a thorough introduction to fundamental concepts and terminology, and an overview of useful equipment, star atlases, and software for the budding or advanced amateur astronomer. The authors review much of the equipment they have found useful and affordable for the beginning to intermediate hobbyist, with recommendations concerning what works well and what doesn't. Detailed descriptions, and useful star-charts for "star-hopping" using reflex finders, are accompanied with excellent photographs of nearly all of the deep sky objects visible with amateur equipment from the northern hemisphere in all fifty constellations containing them. This book is so well-done that I would recommend it as the best single-volume guide to the hobby of observational astronomy that is available.

Max E. Loudenback
New Castle, IN
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ISBN:
9780596526856
Author:
Robert Bruce Thompson and Barbara Fritchman Thompson
Publisher:
O'Reilly Media
Author:
Thompson, Robert
Author:
Thompson, Barbara Fritchman
Author:
Thompson, Robert Bruce
Subject:
Curiosities & Wonders
Subject:
Star Observation
Subject:
Astronomy - General
Subject:
Astronomy
Subject:
astronomy;binoculars;planets;stargazing;stars;telescope
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CourseSmart Subject Description
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Edition Description:
Print PDF
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DIY Science
Publication Date:
October 2007
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
520
Dimensions:
9.75 x 8 x 1.24 in 2.58 lb

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"Synopsis" by , The Illustrated Guide to Astronomical Wonders explains everything a beginner needs to know to get started, and will remain indispensable long after a beginner graduates to intermediate status. This heavily graphical book, with numerous photographs, drawings, star charts, and tables, will address, comprehensively, the two major problems beginning and intermediate astronomers face: which objects to look at and how to find those objects. It provides a solid grounding in the fundamental concepts and terminology of astronomy, and includes specific advice about choosing, buying, using, and maintaining observing equipment. Lists are provided with recommended observing targets for newbies and intermediate observers alike, including details about the best celestial objects. Star charts are sufficiently detailed to allow readers to locate and observe featured objects.
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