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NightWatch : a practical guide to viewing the universe

Author: Terence Dickinson
Publisher: Willowdale, Ont. ; Buffalo, N.Y. : Firefly Books, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 3rd ed., rev. and expanded , repr. with revisions Sept. 1999View all editions and formats
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A new edition of the standard reference for stargazers which includes reviews of the latest technologies, updated statistics, charts and tables and a collection of observational tips.

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Genre/Form: Handbooks and manuals
Popular works
Observers' manuals
Amateurs' manuals
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Terence Dickinson
ISBN: 155209300X 9781552093009 1552093026 9781552093023
OCLC Number: 43052520
Notes: "For use through 2010"--Cover.
Description: 176 pages : color illustrations ; 27 x 28 cm
Contents: Discovering the cosmos: Naturalists of the night, the starry realm --
The universe in eleven steps: The Milky Way Galaxy, Hubble deep field --
Backyard astronomy: Sky motions, sky measures, Big Dipper sighpost, Star brightness, Constellations & star names, Star & constellations pronunciation guide --
Stars for all seasons: The All-sky charts, The spring sky, The summer sky, Urban myths of stargazing, The light-pollution factor, The auturm sky, The winter sky, The ecliptic & the zodiac --
Stargazing equipment: Selecting binoculars, Telescopes, Frequently asked questions about telescopes; Finderscopes, Telescope types, Size versus seeing, Telescope accessories, Eyepieces, Focal ratio, Computer-age scopes, Telescope comparisons, Factors to consider when selecting a first telescope --
Probing the depths: Double stars, Using your night eyes, Variable stars, Star clusters, Distances to stars & galaxies, Nebulas, Averted vision, Globular clusters, Galaxies, Telescope experience, Designation of sky objects, Keeping records, Using the deep-sky charts, Atlas of 20 star charts --
The planets: Astronomy from the city, Mercury, Venus, Mars, The asteroid belt, Jupiter, Saturn, The outer planets, Visibility of the planets 1998-2010 --
Moon and sun: Moon maps, Observing the sun, The moon illusion --
Solar and lunar eclipses: observing eclipses, The eclipse cult, Eclipse tables --
Comets, meteors and auroras: Famous & infamous comets, Meteors, Auroras --
Photographing the night sky: Films & techniques, The barn-door tracker, CCD cameras, Astro-imaging revolution --
Resources.
Responsibility: Terence Dickinson ; foreword by Timothy Ferris ; illustrations by Adolf Schaller, Victor Costanzo, and Roberta Cooke ; principal photography by Terrence Dickinson.

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Nightwatch is an ideal first book for the backyard astronomer. It is an ideal second book too, one that will grow along with the observer's skill.--Chet Raymo "Sky and Telescope " A great all-round Read more...

 
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