A Field Guide to the Stars and Planets

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Houghton Mifflin, 1992 - Astronomy - 502 pages
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This edition features even more color photographs of the planets and their satellites, nebulae, and other beautiful objects. There are also detailed maps of the moon's surface and charts showing which planets are visible on any given night. Novices will find "tours" of the sky, explaining in detail how to find each object. More experienced observers will appreciate the charts, tables, and diagrams showing the best double stars, variable stars, nebulae, and other objects to observe. No special equipment is needed to use this book; the brightest stars and planets are visible with the naked eye. A pair of ordinary binoculars will reveal a surprising amount of detail. For those with telescopes, this Field Guide will provide a single ready reference to the objects in the entire sky.

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Good information just to darn small!

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This is a very small book 4.5 x 7.25. Very hard to read because the print is so small. I bought this book expecting charts that I could use but in their small size they are not practical for use when ... Read full review


A Tour of the Sky
The Monthly Sky Maps
The Constellations

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Jay M. Pasachoff is the Field Memorial Professor of Astronomy and the Chair of the Astronomy Department at Williams College. He is the author of the Peterson Field Guide to Stars and Planets, as well as numerous textbooks and trade books on astronomy, weather, and more.

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