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Stargazing basics : getting started in recreational astronomy

Author: Paul E Kinzer
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Second editionView all editions and formats
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How do I get started in astronomy? Should I buy binoculars or a telescope? What can I expect to see? This beginners' guide to astronomy covers all the information you need to get started. This second edition has been fully updated and now includes new illustrations, the latest astronomy equipment and celestial events through to the year 2025. It starts by explaining the basic techniques and equipment you need for  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Handbooks and manuals
Observers' manuals
Amateurs' manuals
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Paul E Kinzer
ISBN: 9781107439405 110743940X
OCLC Number: 902726682
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xi, 164 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction : why another stargazing guide? --
pt. I. Stargazing techniques and equipment --
1. With the naked eye alone --
The celestial sphere --
Making the most of the "wide-eye" view --
2. Binoculars : the next step --
Why binoculars? --
Selecting binoculars for astronomy --
Are binoculars the right choice for you? --
3. "But I want a telescope!" --
The beginner's telescope --
Telescope types available to the novice --
As important as your scope : the mount --
The busy end of the telescope : eyepieces, Barlows, diagonals, and finders --
Astrophotography --
"Finally, what should I buy?" --
In a nutshell --
pt. II. What's up there? --
4. The Solar System --
Our nearest neighbor --
Our own star --
The planets --
Other objects in the Solar System --
5. The deep sky --
Stars --
Galaxies --
Nebulae --
pt. III. A stargazing glossary --
Appendix 1. The Greek alphabet --
Appendix 2. The constellations --
Some simple star charts.
Responsibility: Paul E. Kinzer.
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A simple guide to get you started in astronomy, from observing the night sky to purchasing binoculars and telescopes.  Read more...

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Review of previous edition: 'If you have a budding astronomer in your life, then this certainly is a book that you should consider as a gift, or buying yourself, if you're that emerging stargazer. I Read more...

 
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