Synopses & Reviews
A unique and necessary reference for amateurs and professionals alike, with comprehensive coverage of the thousands of celestial objects outside our solar system—but within the range of two- to twelve-inch telescopes. The objects are grouped according to the constellations in which they appear, and their definitions feature names, celestial coordinates, classification, and a full physical description, along with hundreds of charts, photographs, and other visual aids. These, together with a star atlas, will assist stargazers at every level of experience in finding and identifying celestial objects. This volume, Volume I of a three-volume set, consists of an introduction and the beginning of the alphabetical list of constellations, from Andromeda to Cetus. Also available are Volume II, with entries from Chameleon to Orion; and Volume III, which completes the sequence, from Pavo to Vulpecula, and includes an index. 1977 ed.
Thorough guide to the stars beyond our solar system. Exhaustive treatment. Alphabetical by constellation. Andromeda to Cetus in Vol. 1. 187 photos. Index in Vol. 3. Vol. 1 of three-vol. set.
Volume I of this comprehensive three-part guide to the thousands of celestial objects outside our solar system ranges from Andromeda through Cetus. Objects are grouped according to constellation, and their definitions feature names, coordinates, classifications, and physical descriptions. Additional notes offer fascinating historical information. Hundreds of visual aids. 1977 edition.
This comprehensive coverage of the thousands of celestial objects outside our solar system. Volume I of the three-volume work covers Andromeda to Cetus.
Volume I of a comprehensive three-part guide to celestial objects outside our solar system ranges from Andromeda to Cetus. Features coordinates, classifications, physical descriptions, hundreds of visual aids. 1977 edition.
Table of Contents
CHAPTER I - INTRODUCTION
Amateur Astronomy - A Personal View
The Idea Behind the Celestial Handbook
CHAPTER 2 - INTRODUCING THE UNIVERSE
A Celestial Survey
The Distance Scale of the Universe
CHAPTER 3 - FUNDAMENTAL KNOWLEDGE FOR THE OBSERVER
"Gaining a "Working Knowledge" of the Heavens. "
The Constellations; Apparent Motions and Seasonal Changes.
The Celestial Sphere. Celestial Coordinates.
Directions in the Sky.
The Magnitude System; Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes.
Star Names and Designations.
Stellar Spectral Classes.
"Star Motions; Proper Motion, Radial Velocity. Stellar temperatures. "
The H-R Diagram.
Star Distances. Distance Units.
"Double Stars, Variable Stars. "
Classification of Nebulae and Galaxies.
CHAPTER 4 - HOW TO USE THIS BOOK
The Arrangement of the Celestial Handbook
"Terms, Symbols, and Abbreviations Used. "
THE CELESTIAL HANDBOOK
"CONSTELLATION INDEX, VOLUME I "