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    Heather Couper(Author) Nigel Henbest(Author)

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Philip's Month-by-Month Stargazing 2016 is a concise guide to the northern-hemisphere night sky, helping starwatchers to see the year's most fascinating events, whether observing with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope. New for 2016, the authors have included ideas for joining Citizen Science projects at the cutting edge of astronomical research.

The guide is suitable for use between latitudes 40°N and 60°N, including Britain and Ireland, Europe as far south as Rome, and Canada and the northern USA as far south as Philadelphia.

Each chapter (one for each month of the year) has a colour star map, created by Wil Tirion, showing the positions and phases of the Moon, the positions of the planets, and other useful information. Each month also includes a constellation described in detail; special events during the month, such as eclipses; a featured astronomical object, usually a deep-sky target; plus an astrophotograph, with details of how it was taken.

The Solar System Almanac explains the movement of the planets, with particular attention paid to their positions in 2016. Solar and lunar eclipses, meteor showers and comets are also described.

Exploring the Deep Sky provides a list of recommended deep-sky objects. The observer can use the monthly charts to discover which constellations are on view, and then use this information to plan deep-sky observing.

The book concludes with an Equipment Review. Here Robin Scagell, author of Philip's Stargazing with a Telescope, provides a round-up of what's new in observing technology.

A month-by-month guide to the northern-hemisphere night sky for 2016, written by the internationally known astronomy writers and broadcasters Heather Couper and Nigel Henbest.

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  • By R. W. Mackenzie on 24 December 2015

    This book is easy to use and perfect for the beginner stargazer. The start of the book explains how to use the monthly charts. These charts plot the night sky both looking north and south, for simplicity reasons the 200 brighter stars are plotted (rather than the 3000 visible on a really dark night). The charts are suitable for use in Europe, North America and north Asia (between 40 and 60 degrees north), however the detailed notes apply to the UK and Ireland only.The charts also show the planets above the horizon at late evening, the position of the full moon for the month, plus its position at three day intervals. Meteor showers, comets and eclipses are all detailed.Each month has an in depth study into a particularly interesting object e.g. a planet, star or galaxy.Overall an interesting and useful book for getting into stargazing.

  • By Vinman666 on 7 January 2016

    I bought my wife a telescope for Christmas and wanted a user-friendly guide to go with it. The Philip's guide seemed to be recommended so I got this for her to go with the 'scope. It's user friendly, with each chapter showing the position and phases of the moon plus the planets. A constellation is also described in detail and any special events to look out for in the month.The rear of the book contains some reviews of equipment, which may be of interest to hobbyists and I guess adds something different for people who've purchased previous annual guides. Unfortunately we've not had many clear skies so far this year but the colour sky maps have got us looking forward to exploring the universe once it does clear up.

  • By Ambienthighway on 29 December 2015

    An extremely friendly user guide for anyone in the UK wishing to find out about what they can see in the night sky throughout the year and dates of specific events in any given month. It is useful information general information guide on what to see month by month. Each month has its own beautifully colored star chart to identify the changing patterns with some brief details on that page and some further breakdown of whats on view in the following pages. Relatively slim but bit too big for a coat pocket, it is not an overpowering or threatening book for newcomers to astronomy and is one which will provide considerable pleasure. Great value for money if you wonder whats going on in the heavens throughout the year.

  • By Silver Moon Sailor on 22 December 2015

    A slim small book. About half A4 and 64 pages. Crammed with maps, charts and details of exactly what is visible when and where in the night sky for the coming year. Couper and Henbest have been doing this kind of thing for years and have a fantastic balanced way of being precise and informative and at the same time being enthusiastic and encouraging. Although the information is dense it is never intimidating or patronising. It s always fascinating.


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