Deep Sky Observing: The Astronomical Tourist

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Springer Science & Business Media, Aug 16, 2000 - Science - 380 pages
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Steve Coe has been watching the deep sky from locations near his home in Arizona for almost 20 years. During that time he has accumulated a wealth of knowledge, observations, hints and tips that will help every deep sky observer, regardless of experience.
This, his first book, gives detailed practical advice about how to find the best observing site, how to make the most of the time spent there, and what equipment and instruments to take along. There are comprehensive lists of deep sky objects of all kinds, along with Steve's own observations describing how they look through telescopes with apertures ranging from 8 to 36 inches (0.2 - 0.9 m).
Most of all, this book is all about how to enjoy astronomy. Steve's enthusiasm and sense of wonder shine through every page as he invites you along on a tour of some of the most beautiful and fascinating sites in the deep sky.
 

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Contents

Who Can Benefit from This Book?
Why Should You Listen to Me?
How Do I Find the Best Observing Site?
How Do I Maximize My Time While Observing?
What Other Accessories Are Useful?
Why Should I Take Notes While Observing?
How Can I Find All These DeepSky Goodies when the Sky Is So Huge?
Any Other Tips?
What Are All These Different Types of Nebulae and What Details Can I See in Them with My Telescope?
What Can Be Seen Within Planetary Nebulae?
What Can Be Seen in an Open Star Cluster?
Why Would I Want to Use Binoculars to View the Sky?
How Can I Use a Computer to Help Me Enjoy DeepSky Observing?
Why Should I Set Up the Scope for a Public Viewing Session?
A Magical Evening
Supplementary 110 DeepSky Objects

What Can I Observe in Galaxies Beyond the Milky Way?
What Can I Observe in a Cluster of Galaxies?

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