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Star-hopping : your visa to viewing the universe

Author: Robert A Garfinkle
Publisher: Cambridge [England] ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"With a small telescope you can see thousands of galaxies and star clouds, and billions of stars, but how do you get started on exploring the sky? In Star-Hopping you learn how to read the road map of the stars in easy stages, beginning with simple star patterns, and moving on to the silent beauty of the deep universe in a series of steps." "Star-hopping is a technique that uses the brighter stars as markers on a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Charts, diagrams, etc
Handbooks and manuals
Observers' manuals
Amateurs' manuals
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert A Garfinkle
ISBN: 052141590X 9780521415903
OCLC Number: 28113249
Description: xxvi, 329 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
Contents: How to use this book and what you are going to see --
How the sky works, determining your field of view, observing tips and how to navigate in the night sky --
January --
Taurus and Orion : the bull and hunter --
February --
Canis Minor, Canis Major, and Puppis : dog days in February and Jason's Argo --
March --
Cancer, Leo, and Corvus : a crab, the king of the beasts, and a crow --
April --
Ursa Major : a dipper round tripper --
May --
Coma Berenices and Virgo : the sparkling hair of Berenice and the wheat maiden and her bushel of galaxies --
June --
Libra and Lupus : the balance scales and the wolf --
July --
Scorpius, Sagittarius, and Scutum : the scorpion, archer, and shield of John Sobieski --
August --
Draco : following the trail of the dragon --
September --
Cygnus, Lyra, Vulpecula, and Sagitta : the swan, lyre, fox, and arrow --
October --
Andromeda and Perseus : the chained lady and her rescuer --
November --
Cepheus and Cassiopeia : the king and queen of Joppa --
December --
Pisces, Triangulum, and Aries : of fishes, a triangle, and a ram --
Messier Marathon, a sundown to sunup hop across the skies --
Appendix A: Classification tables --
Appendix B: The constellations --
Appendix C: The Greek alphabet --
Appendix D: Decimalization of the day.
Responsibility: Robert A. Garfinkle ; foreword by Richard Berry.
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Learn all about the starry skies and ancient myths through the star-hopping technique.  Read more...

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