The backyard astronomer's guide
An essential reference tool for both beginning and veteran sky observers. Drawing on decades of stargazing experience, the authors suggest what equipment to buy and what to avoid, describe observing techniques, and explain how to hunt down the most interesting celestial objects. Each chapter is illustrated with the latest, breathtaking astrophotography. This companion is broken down into three parts: "Equipment for Backyard Astronomy", "Observing the Celestial Panorama" and "Astrophotography". It focuses on the practical aspects of astronomy. Among many astronomy subjects, the authors offer advice on how to contend with light pollution, and how to take successful and impressive color photographs of galaxies and nebulas (with or without a telescope). Each chapter is written in clear, jargon-free yet detailed.
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Seeing in the Dark: How Amateur Astronomers Are Discovering the Wonders of ...
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INTRODUCTION HA New StargazeKs Guidebook
PART EQUIPMENT FOR BACKYARD ASTRONOMY
CHAPTER THREE Telescopes for Recreational Astronomy
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