Binocular Stargazing

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Stackpole Books, 2005 - Science - 213 pages
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A guide to viewing stars, the moon, planets, meteors, comets, and aurora through binoculars
Features a foreword by renowned astronomer and writer David Levy Includes a complete guide to current binocular brands and models and explains what to look for in each season
Many people assume that amateur stargazers must invest hundreds or even thousands of dollars in equipment before they can enjoy the wonders of the night sky. The truth is, though, that all you need is a simple pair of binoculars. This handy, easy-to-follow guide explains how to observe everything from the moon to meteor showers with binoculars and provides safety tips for viewing eclipses. It also includes separate sections for winter, spring, summer, and fall that give advice on what to look for and how to optimize your viewing. Ideal for budding astronomers of all ages, Binocular Stargazing is the perfect way to see the night sky through new eyes.
 

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Contents

Looking Up
1
Purchasing and Caring for Binoculars
10
Accessories and Specialized Products
31
Lunar and Solar Observing
43
The Solar System
56
Stars
67
DeepSky Objects
79
Spring Objects
91
Southern Skies
149
References
159
Manufacturers and Retailers
168
Observing Programs
180
Object Logs
191
Lunar Features
195
The Planets as Seen from Earth
199
The Messier Objects
200

Summer Objects
103
Fall Objects
122
Winter Objects
130
The Caldwell Objects
205
Planispheres
210
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Mike D. Reynolds is an astronomy professor and executive director emeritus of the Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland, California. He is the author of numerous scientific publications, as well as the book Falling Stars (0-8117-2755-6). He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and a member of the American Astronomical Society, the Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers, and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.

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