Author: Alan M. MacRobert
Publisher: Sky Publishing Corporation
Introduces amateur astronomy, explains how to use sky maps, binoculars, and telescopes, and suggests fourteen separate tours of the night sky
The Amateur Astronomer's Ultimate Guide to Choosing, Buying, and Using Telescopes and Accessories
Author: Philip S. Harrington
Praise for the First Edition of Star Ware . . . "A complete, current review of the material needed by backyard astronomers . . . It deserves a place on the bookshelf of anyone who looks at the sky." -David Eicher Associate Editor, Astronomy Author of Beginner's Guide to Amateur Astronomy "A great help to anyone, especially the novice, who is wondering what to get. I don't know of any other single source that covers so much of the equipment scene." - Alan MacRobert Associate Editor, Sky & Telescope Author of Star-Hopping for Backyard Astronomers. Just as our knowledge of the cosmos has changed dramatically in the past few years, so has the world of telescope buying. Today, it is easier than ever for the backyard astronomer to actively observe the universe-with equipment to satisfy every need. How does the amateur astronomer make informed choices? In this Second Edition of Star Ware, award-winning astronomy writer Philip S. Harrington helps eliminate the guesswork, and guides you through the process with fully updated and expanded chapters on telescopes and accessories. For budding astronomers and experienced amateurs alike, Star Ware, Second Edition gives you everything you need to make educated decisions, including: * Extensive reviews of leading model names and hard-to-find accessories on the market, along with dozens of new products to help you buy smart * A clear, step-by-step guide to all aspects of purchasing, from choosing the right binoculars and telescopes to buying eyepieces, filters, cameras, and film * Ten new do-it-yourself projects to help save you time and money-including a portable telescope case and performance-enhancing collimation tools * Easy maintenance, mapping, and photography tips of the trade to help you get the most out of your telescope and stargazing * Where to find everything astronomical: Internet sites and web resources with complete addresses for distributors, dealers, and conventions; corporate listings for products and services; and advice on using equipment.
Author: Wolfgang Steinicke,Richard Jakiel
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
This book is a unique work satisfying the need for a modern, comprehensive review of all major aspects of galaxy observation. The book combines the physical background on the nature and data of galaxies, the relevant instrumentation and viewing techniques, and finally the targets and their individual appearance in telescopes of various apertures. A comprehensive sample of galaxies, including quasars, groups and clusters of galaxies is presented. This combination of theoretical knowledge and practical information guarantees successful observing sessions. Furthermore, the book is clearly structured with outstanding images and graphics.
A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe
Author: Terence Dickinson
Publisher: Firefly Books
Offers advice on observing the stars and constellations, discusses useful equipment, and includes information on the moon, comets, eclipses, and planets
Author: Stephen James O'Meara
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
If there were a canon for viewing the night sky, Charles Messier would be its author. The galaxies, star clusters, and nebulae cataloged by the famous comet hunter in the late 1700s are still the most widely observed celestial wonders in the heavens. They are the favorite targets of amateur astronomers, with such rich variety and detail that they never cease to fascinate. This book provides new and experienced observers with a fresh perspective on the Messier objects. Stephen James O'Meara has prepared a visual feast for the observer. Using the finest optical telescopes available for amateur work, he describes and sketches the view from the telescope as never before. There are new drawings, improved finder charts, and new astronomical data on each object, including findings from the Hubble Space Telescope. Expand your universe and test your viewing acumen with this truly modern Messier Guide. It is a must for budding night watchers. Stephen James O'Meara is a contributing editor to Sky and Telescope.
Your Guide to Starhopping and Exploring the Universe
Author: Robert Burnham,David H. Levy
Publisher: Time Life Education
Offers tips on choosing skywatching tools, gives hints for sketching and photographing the night sky, and provides celestial charts.
January to December 2005
Author: J. L. Heudier,Charles Frankel
Publisher: Richmond Hill, Ont. : Firefly Books
An annual Northern Hemisphere observer's guide to astronomy organized chronologically, including the moon's phases, planetary and star positions, star charts, historical details and tips. A solid introduction for amateur astronomers of all ages.
January to December 2004
Author: J. L. Heudier
Publisher: Firefly Books Limited
A night-by-night reference to celestial phenomena--this book is a down-to-earth guide for finding astronomical features in the Northern Hemisphere without the aid of expensive telescopes or complicated sky maps.
Author: Patricia Barnes-Svarney,Michael Porcellino
In the ten years since this award-winning book was originally written by Michael Porcellino, the field of astronomy and its discoveries has grown by leaps and bounds. From the astounding images sent back by the Hubble Space Telescope, to the bright comet Hale-Bopp from the fleet of Martian probes, to the long-distance explorations of the Moon, Jupiter, Venus and Saturn--the universe has become more accessible than ever. And thanks to this revised and thoroughly updated new edition by astronomer and science writer, Patricia Barnes-Svarney, anyone with an interest can delve into its wonders. From the very close up to the far reaches of space, THROUGH THE TELESCOPE presents a uniquely "user-friendly" view of the universe, and offers both novice and advanced amateur astronomers some of the best tools available to watch the nighttime skies. You’ll learn all about: * Setting up a good, user-friendly telescope system * How to look at the universe in order to really see it * Upgrading your telescope for peak performance * How to spot a star cluster, a nebulaÖeven a supernova * Forming your own network of amateur astronomers. Complete with a web site appendix and fully updated charts on eclipses and planetary oppositions well into the year 2000, this edition of an acclaimed book will be an invaluable users guide for aspiring astronomers entering the new millennium.
A Practical Guide for Recreational Astronomers
Author: Terence Dickinson
Publisher: Willowdale, Ont. : Firefly Books
A guide to observing the stars, planets, and other celestial phenomena from May to October includes star charts covering the entire North American sky
The Backyard Astronomer's Guide to Starhopping and Exploring the Universe
Author: Robert Burnham
Publisher: Time Life Education
Picking up where "Skywatching" left off, here is an invaluable, advanced observer's primer and field guide to the night sky.