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Stargazing under suburban skies : a star-hopper's guide

Author: Malcolm Zack; Andrew Gannon; John McRoberts
Publisher: Cham, Switzerland : Springer, [2018]
Series: Patrick Moore's practical astronomy series.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Anyone interested in astronomy battles with the conveniences of modern living - street lights, advertising and security lighting, tall buildings, and even the occasional tree. More than 85% of the population now lives in crowded and light-polluted towns and cities. This book is for those who live in or near towns and cities and own relatively modest equipment, although observers with larger instruments will still  Read more...
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Zack, Malcolm.
Stargazing under suburban skies.
Cham, Switzerland : Springer, [2018]
(OCoLC)1029444106
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Malcolm Zack; Andrew Gannon; John McRoberts
ISBN: 9783319901169 3319901168 9783319901176 3319901176
OCLC Number: 1049171814
Description: 1 online resource : illustrations (some color)
Contents: Intro; Dedication; Foreword; Acknowledgments; About the Authors; Contents; Chapter 1: Seeking Out the Dark; From Messier to the Modern Day; A Companion for Observers Based in Suburban Skies; Bronze, Silver and Gold Designations; Tools, Techniques and Other Astronomical Phenomena; A Society Project; Chapter 2: Observing in Suburban Skies; Making the Most of Your Location; Observing from a Flat or Apartment; Garden Astronomy; Backyard Observatories; Observing in Town and With Others; Holidays and Hotels; Making the Most of the Sky; Starter Objects; Which Equipment Helps? Star-Hopping: Triangles, Squares and DiamondsUnderstanding Field of View and Degrees; Imaging; Some Helpful Suggestions; Making the Most of You; Keeping Your Eyes in Observing Shape; Give Your Eyes a Chance to Dark Adapt; Keep Comfortable and Warm; Take Plenty of Breaks; Practice, Practice, Practice!; Chapter 3: Equipment for Suburban Skies; What's Best?; The Naked Eye; Binoculars; Refracting Telescopes; Reflecting Telescopes; Newtonians; Other Catadioptrics; Telescope Mounting Systems; Eyepieces; Equipment Maintenance; Star Diagonals; The Finder Scope Alternative --
Red Dot Finders (RDF). Dew Heaters and Dew BandsThe Red Flashlight; Cameras and Imaging; Notebooks and Sketching; Observing Chairs; Filters; Deep Sky Filters; Moon and Planetary Filters; Filter Wheels; Atmospheric Dispersion Corrector (ADC); Barlow Lenses and Powermates for Imaging; Using Laptops and Phone-Driven Equipment; Final Word: Keeping It Simple; Chapter 4: Observing the Deep Sky; How to Use the Guide and Charts; Orientation; Location Data; Views in Different Types of Instruments; Star Names and Designations; Constellation-Naming Conventions; The Star-Hopper's Guide Objects; Stars. Constellations and AsterismsOpen Star Clusters; Globular Clusters; Double and Multiple Stars; Variable Stars; Nebulae; Galaxies.
Series Title: Patrick Moore's practical astronomy series.
Responsibility: Malcolm Zack, Andrew Gannon, John McRoberts.

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The book encourages the use of star-hopping techniques to find objects in the night sky.Included is a list of 100 popular deep sky objects, ranked according to how difficult they are to find.  Read more...

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