The Guide to Amateur Astronomy

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 19, 1995 - Nature - 335 pages
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How do you choose your first telescope? Or build one from first principles? What can the deep sky offer you season-by-season? How do you get started in astrophotography? And progress to CCD imaging? The Guide to Amateur Astronomy answers the questions of the novice and the experienced amateur astronomer in one easy-to-use and comprehensive account. Throughout the emphasis is on practical methods to get you started and then develop your skills; with lavish illustrations to show you just what is possible. This second edition of the highly successful Guide has been fully revised and updated. It now takes you from basic 'piggyback' astrophotography, through the use of a cold camera to state-of- the-art CCD imaging; from studies of the planets to the most distant objects in the Universe. From guidelines for the care and adjustment of your telescope through to lists of the spectral classification of stars, amateur astronomy societies and clubs, all the information you need for your voyage of discovery and revelation is provided in this self-contained, helpful guide.

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Sky nomenclature
Star colours and spectral classes

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About the author (1995)

Terence Dickinson is the best-selling author of "Nightwatch and "The Backyard Astronomer's Guide. More than one million of his previous titles are in print in three languages. He has received many national and international science awards including the New York Academy of Sciences Book of the Year Award and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific's Klumpke-Roberts Award for "excellence in communicating astronomy to the public." Previous recipients include Carl Sagan and Isaac Asimov.

Jack Newton is considered one of the world's foremost non-professional astrophotographers. His portraits of celestial objects have appeared in every leading astronomy magazine in the world.

PHILIP TEECE has sailed on and written about the waters around Vancouver Island for more than thirty years. Nearly all of his cruising has been solo, aboard Galadrial, the tiny shoal draft cruiser he built as a young man. Having recently taken early retirement, Teece now divides his time between Victoria and Sonora Island.

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