Exploring the Night Sky with Binoculars

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 16, 2000 - Nature - 213 pages
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Star-gazing with binoculars is rewarding and, for many, a lifelong passion! Patrick Moore has painstakingly researched Exploring the Night Sky with Binoculars to describe the optimal use of binoculars for astronomical observation. He explains basic astronomy and the selection of binoculars, then goes on to discuss the stars, clusters, nebulae and galaxies that await the observer. He charts the sky seen from the northern and southern hemispheres season by season, providing detailed maps of all the constellations. In addition, the reader can also observe the Sun, Moon, planets, comets and meteors. New to this Fourth Edition are: An improved presentation of all star maps, rendering a clear impression of what the night sky really looks like; planetary data through 2010; and advice on eclipse watching, including total eclipses of the sun. With many beautiful illustrations, this handbook will be helpful and encouraging to casual observers and those cultivating a more serious interest. The enjoyment of amateur astronomy is now available to everybody!
 

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Contents

The Night Sky
1
Binoculars of Many Kinds
8
Among the Stars
15
Double Stars and Variable Stars
20
Clusters Nebulae and Galaxie
31
Stars of the Seasons
35
The Constellations
49
The Sun and its Eclipses
148
SummingUp
187
Choosing a Telescope
189
Planetary Data
192
The Planets 20002010
193
Eclipses 20002010
195
The Brightest Stars
197
A Selection of Stellar Objects
199
Bibliography
205

Lunar Landscapes
151
The Planets
175
Comets and ShootingStars
181
A Note on Metrication
206
Index
207
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About the author (2000)

Patrick Moore, host of the monthly television show The Sky at Night since 1957, is a distinguished and prolific author of more than 70 astronomy books. He has served as President of the British Astronomical Association. His contributions to the public understanding of astronomy have been marked by special awards from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, the Italian Astronomical Society, and the Royal Astronomical Society. Patrick Moore is a great enthusiast, always encouraging anyone with an interest in the night sky to get out and observe.

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