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Viewing the Constellations with Binoculars: 250+ Wonderful Sky Objects to See and Explore (The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series)

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    Bojan Kambic(Author)

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Viewing the Constellations with Binoculars is a complete guide to practical astronomy, written for beginners, intermediate-level astronomers, and even people who have notyet turned their gaze to the night sky. The required observing equipment to get the full value from this book is no more than a pair of regular 10 x 50 binoculars, but even more can be seen with a small astronomicaltelescope.

This comprehensive introduction to astronomy and practical observing is far more than a guide to what can be seen in the night sky through binoculars. It introduces the reader to some basic (andsome not-so-basic) astronomical concepts, and discusses the stars and their evolution, the planets, nebulae, and distant galaxies. There is a guide to selecting and using binoculars for astronomy, as well, as a 'getting readyto observe' section containing invaluable practical hints and tips.

The second part of the book is an extraordinarily complete atlas and guide to the night sky down to 30º N (covering all the USA andEurope). It is illustrated with superb and sometimes beautiful amateur astronomical photographs, detailed maps (down to 5th magnitude), descriptions, and data on all astronomical objects of interest.

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  • PDF | 536 pages
  • Bojan Kambic(Author)
  • Springer New York; 2010 edition (27 April 2010)
  • English
  • 8
  • Science & Nature

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  • By star on 16 December 2009

    I was very pleasantly surprised by this book! This book and a pair of binoculars is enough to start stargazing, so it is excellent book for all beginners. Charts of constellations are clear and show stars up to 5th magnitude. There are more than 250 described objects which you can see and explore with binoculars. Each object is accompanied with detailed instructions how to find it and with detailed finder chart, which shows stars up to 9th magnitude. The book is full of excellent images, taken by amateur astronomers. As such, it is a real treasure for everyone, from beginners to experienced amateur astronomers.An extra bonus for all beginners is the first part of the book, which contains a brief introduction in basic astronomy and astrophysics. So, in one book you get an intro to astronomy AND a complete guide on how to start and what to observe. You don't need to buy a telescope (of course, it doesn't hurt if you already have one) - this book shows that with just a pair of binoculars there are plenty of interesting objects to see up there (if you already have a telescope, you can see them even better).The book is worth every penny.

  • By NalinU on 7 May 2013

    A book for any practical astronomer especially those starting out like myself. It's written in very simple language yet manages to convey important concepts about astronomy to aid in's not a cover to cover read and therefore you can pick and chose the stuff you want to read. It helps to read form one end to the other if you are new to the subject. The only reason I would give it 4 stars and not 5 is because none of the pictures are in colour.

  • By Meerkat Fan on 25 July 2014

    I already have a few books on what to see in the night sky. However, I bought this one because it has much more detail on most of the sights to look at (stars, galaxies, nebulae, star clusters, etc) than just the one sentence that appears in most guides.Often, as well as magnitude, distance, etc, there are details on what you can expect to see with binoculars or a small to medium-sized telescope, and often information on when the object was first discovered, by whom and other very interesting background info, including some of the latest professional findings – e.g. astronomers now think the Andromeda Galaxy is close to 3 million light years away rather than the previously accepted 2.2 million, and the exact process that makes a nebula like the Ring Nebula glow.And the book is not just for binocular users. I actually feel that the title is doing it a disservice, and that unfortunately many people might overlook the book, thinking that it will be too sketchy for their needs. Often the book adds details of what is visible with telescopes of varying apertures, and so many objects are included, and in such detail, that it is very useful for those with a telescope and those who are more than just beginners.The observation details are grouped by constellation, in alphabetical order, so it is easy to find particular objects, and to have a read of what you will be able to see on a particular night, once you've checked which constellations will be visible from your site.And there are detailed star charts to help you find very many of the objects included, which are very useful.I like the style the book is written in – interesting and informative without being too dry or technical.I've knocked off a star for the fairly minor reasons that: a) there are no colour photos (as another reviewer has mentioned), so the book is not as attractive as others; b) the "strap" of text at the top of each page just states a group of constellations covered by those pages (e.g. Cancer to Delphinus) – this means it tales a bit longer to find a constellation than if the top of each individual page stated the exact constellation(s) on that page, like in a dictionary; c) the text could have been presented more appealingly – it is fully justified across the whole page and as the pages are bigger than, say, a novel, it can seem a bit heavy going. However, as the book may be used mostly as a reference in an armchair, this isn't too much of a problem.I also recommend 'Turn Left at Orion' for the beginner who needs to find out quickly and easily some things to look at during each season of the year – the book being reviewed is a comprehensive look at all constellations visible from the northern hemisphere rather than selected highlights.And on that last point, I welcome the fact that the constellations covered are largely those visible to observers in the northern hemisphere – I find it frustrating when a book has dozens or hundreds of pages covering southern hemisphere constellations that we can't see, just adding to the weight and unwieldiness of the book!All in all, a very good, detailed book for all observers, with binoculars or a telescope, and whether just starting out or more experienced.

  • By Roland Herrera, Bristol UK on 5 September 2010

    All binocular astronomy books are great. This one is one of the best. Lots of detailed info... a bit dry, and another point ... I think alpha, beta, gamma (greek) symbols are worth repeating in the text... However, my verdict is positive on the whole even if I have not yet read it cover to cover...

  • By Rawr on 2 March 2013

    This is a very large book for the price and explains things very clearly, especially everyday lens cleaning etc that for an expert, is self-explanatory. Very good for beginners.

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