The Backyard Astronomer's Guide

Author: Terence Dickinson,Alan Dyer

Publisher: Firefly Books Limited

ISBN: 9781554073443

Category: Nature

Page: 368

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Discusses the practical aspects of stargazing, including how to choose appropriate equipment, contending with light pollution, taking successful photographs of galaxies and nebulas, and selecting an observing site.

The Backyard Astronomer

A Guide to Stargazing

Author: Dennis Mammana

Publisher: Metro Books

ISBN: 9781567993431

Category: Science

Page: 80

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Describes the moon, planets, and stars, explains eclipses, comets, and other phenomena, and provides advice on observing the skies

NightWatch

A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe

Author: Terence Dickinson

Publisher: Firefly Books

ISBN: 1552093026

Category: Nature

Page: 176

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Offers advice on observing the stars and constellations, discusses useful equipment, and includes information on the moon, comets, eclipses, and planets

Star-hopping for Backyard Astronomers

Author: Alan M. MacRobert

Publisher: Sky Publishing Corporation

ISBN: 9780933346680

Category: Nature

Page: 160

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Introduces amateur astronomy, explains how to use sky maps, binoculars, and telescopes, and suggests fourteen separate tours of the night sky

Amateur Astronomer's Handbook

Author: John Benson Sidgwick,R. C. Gamble

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 9780486240343

Category: Science

Page: 572

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Timeless, comprehensive coverage of telescopes, mirrors, lenses, mountings, telescope drives, micrometers, spectroscopes, more. ". . . highly recommended for very serious nonprofessional astronomers." — A Guide to the Literature of Astronomy. 189 illustrations. Reprint of 1971 edition.

Nightwatch

Author: Andrew M. Stephenson

Publisher: Dell Publishing Company

ISBN: N.A

Category: Science fiction

Page: 320

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Astronomy for Older Eyes

A Guide for Aging Backyard Astronomers

Author: James L. Chen

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319524135

Category: Science

Page: 236

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This book is for the aging amateur astronomy population, including newcomers to astronomy in their retirement and hobbyists who loved peering through a telescope as a child. Whether a novice or an experienced observer, the practice of astronomy differs over the years. This guide will extend the enjoyment of astronomy well into the Golden Years by addressing topics such as eye and overall health issues, recommendations on telescope equipment, and astronomy-related social activities especially suited for seniors. Many Baby-Boomers reaching retirement age are seeking new activities, and amateur astronomy is a perfect fit as a leisure time activity. Established backyard astronomers who began their love of astronomy in their youth, meanwhile, may face many physical and mental challenges in continuing their lifelong hobby as they age beyond their 55th birthdays. That perfect telescope purchased when they were thirty years old now suddenly at sixty years old feels like an immovable object in the living room. The 20/20 eyesight has given way to reading glasses or bifocals. Treasured eyepieces feel all wrong. Growing old is a natural process of life, but astronomy is timeless. With a little knowledge and some lifestyle adjustments, older astronomers can still enjoy backyard observing well into their seventies, eighties and even into their nineties.

The Universe from Your Backyard

A Guide to Deep-sky Objects from Astronomy Magazine

Author: David J. Eicher

Publisher: Kalmbach Publishing Company

ISBN: N.A

Category: Science

Page: 188

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An introduction and reference guide to finding and studying 690 of the sky's deep-sky objects using a backyard telescope.

Planetary Nebulae and How to Observe Them

Author: Martin Griffiths

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1461417821

Category: Science

Page: 287

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Planetary Nebulae and How to Observe Them is for amateur astronomers who want to go beyond the Messier objects, concentrating on one of the most beautiful classes of astronomical objects in the sky. Planetary nebulae are not visible to the naked eye, but they are a fascinating group of telescope objects. This guide enables a user equipped with an average-sized amateur telescope to get the best out of observing them. Topics covered include their astrophysical make-up, history of their discovery, classification and description, telescopes to use, filters, and observing techniques - in short everything anyone would need to know to successfully observe planetary nebulae. The book describes the various forms these astronomical objects can take and explains why they are favorite targets for amateur observers. Descriptions of over 100 nebulae personally observed by the author using telescopes of various sizes are included in the book. Readers can create their own observing program or follow the list of these captivating objects, many of which are found within our own Milky Way Galaxy.

Through the Telescope: A Guide for the Amateur Astronomer, Revised Edition

Author: Patricia Barnes-Svarney,Michael Porcellino

Publisher: McGraw-Hill

ISBN: N.A

Category: Science

Page: 309

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In the ten years since this award-winning book was originally written by Michael Porcellino, the field of astronomy and its discoveries has grown by leaps and bounds. From the astounding images sent back by the Hubble Space Telescope, to the bright comet Hale-Bopp from the fleet of Martian probes, to the long-distance explorations of the Moon, Jupiter, Venus and Saturn--the universe has become more accessible than ever. And thanks to this revised and thoroughly updated new edition by astronomer and science writer, Patricia Barnes-Svarney, anyone with an interest can delve into its wonders. From the very close up to the far reaches of space, THROUGH THE TELESCOPE presents a uniquely "user-friendly" view of the universe, and offers both novice and advanced amateur astronomers some of the best tools available to watch the nighttime skies. You’ll learn all about: * Setting up a good, user-friendly telescope system * How to look at the universe in order to really see it * Upgrading your telescope for peak performance * How to spot a star cluster, a nebulaÖeven a supernova * Forming your own network of amateur astronomers. Complete with a web site appendix and fully updated charts on eclipses and planetary oppositions well into the year 2000, this edition of an acclaimed book will be an invaluable users guide for aspiring astronomers entering the new millennium.

Star Ware

The Amateur Astronomer's Guide to Choosing, Buying, and Using Telescopes and Accessories

Author: Philip S. Harrington

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0471270512

Category: Science

Page: 432

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The Urban Astronomer's Guide

A Walking Tour of the Cosmos for City Sky Watchers

Author: Rod Mollise

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1846282179

Category: Science

Page: 290

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This book covers the "why," "how," and "what" of astronomy under light-polluted skies. The prospective city-based observer is told why to observe from home (there are hundreds of spectacular objects to be seen from the average urban site), how to observe the city sky (telescopes, accessories, and moderns techniques), and what to observe. About half of the book is devoted to describing "tours" of the sky, with physical and observational descriptions, at-the-eyepiece drawings, and photographs.

The Universe and Beyond

Author: Terence Dickinson

Publisher: Firefly Books Limited

ISBN: 9781554077489

Category: Science

Page: 204

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Reviews current knowledge of the planets, galaxies, black holes, and quasars, discusses the possibility of extraterrestrial life, and looks at the origins of the universe.

Exploring the night sky

the equinox astronomy guide for beginners

Author: Terence Dickinson,John Bianchi

Publisher: Firefly Books Ltd

ISBN: 9780920656662

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 72

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A basic guide for beginning observers of the night sky, introducing information on the locations, names, and characteristics of stars.

The 100 Best Astrophotography Targets

A Monthly Guide for CCD Imaging with Amateur Telescopes

Author: Ruben Kier

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9781441906038

Category: Science

Page: 360

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Any amateur astronomer who is interested in astrophotography, particularly if just getting started, needs to know what objects are best for imaging in each month of the year. These are not necessarily the same objects that are the most spectacular or intriguing visually. The camera reveals different things and has different requirements. What objects in the sky tonight are large enough, bright enough, and high enough to be photographed? This book reveals, for each month of the year, the choicest celestial treasures within the reach of a commercial CCD camera. Helpful hints and advice on framing, exposures, and filters are included. Each deep sky object is explained in beautiful detail, so that observers will gain a richer understanding of these astronomical objects. This is not a book that dwells on the technology of CCD, Webcam, wet, or other types of astrophotography. Neither is it a book about in-depth computer processing of the images (although this topic is included). Detailed discussions of these topics can be found in other publications. This book focuses on what northern latitude objects to image at any given time of the year to get the most spectacular results.

The Universe Today Ultimate Guide to Viewing The Cosmos

Everything You Need to Know to Become an Amateur Astronomer

Author: David Dickinson

Publisher: Page Street Publishing

ISBN: 1624145450

Category: Science

Page: 240

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The Definitive Resource for Viewing the Night Sky David Dickinson, Earth science teacher and backyard astronomer, and Fraser Cain, publisher of Universe Today, have teamed up to provide expert guidance on observing the night sky. The Universe Today Ultimate Guide to Viewing the Cosmos features the best tips and tricks for viewing our solar system and deep sky objects, as well as detailed charts, graphs and tables to find must-see events for years to come. This comprehensive guide is complete with stunning and exclusive photography from top night sky photographers, as well as advice on how to take your own incredible photos. Take your recreational viewing to the next level with activities like: Finding comets and asteroids Tracking variable stars Monitoring meteor showers Following solar activity Tracking satellites Timing lunar and asteroid occultations With star charts, practical background information, technological resources and telescope and astrophotography guides, this is the ultimate resource for any backyard space enthusiast.

Building a Roll-Off Roof Observatory

A Complete Guide for Design and Construction

Author: John Stephen Hicks

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9780387766119

Category: Science

Page: 160

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Almost every amateur astronomer who has taken the pursuit to its second level aspires to a fixed, permanent housing for his telescope, permitting its rapid and comfortable use avoiding hours of setting-up time for each observing session. A roll-off roof observatory is the simplest and by far the most popular observatory design for today’s practical astronomers. Building a Roll-off Roof Observatory is unique, covering all aspects of designing a roll-off roof observatory: planning the site, viewing requirements, conforming to by-laws, and orientation of the structure. The chapters outline step-by-step construction of a typical building. The author, both an amateur astronomer and professional landscape architect, is uniquely qualified to write this fully-detailed book. A professionally designed roll-off observatory could cost as much as $3000 just for the plans – which are provided free with Building a Roll-off Roof Observatory.

Celestial Sampler

60 Small-Scope Tours for Starlit Nights

Author: Sue French,Richard Tresch Fienberg

Publisher: Sky Publishing

ISBN: 9781931559287

Category: Science

Page: 169

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Take a tour of the universe with Sky & Telescope Contributing Editor Sue French. With 60 Small Scope Sampler columns, you will be out and exploring the wonders if the night sky in no time. Most of the objects are visible in a 4-inch telescope, making this full-color and easy-to-use book perfect for the backyard astronomer!

12 Greatest Rounds of Boxing

The Untold Stories

Author: Ferdie Pacheco

Publisher: Franz Steiner Verlag

ISBN: 9781861058058

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 208

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Boxing's clolourful history is filled with chapters of high drama and simmering controversy. Many boxing fans are familiar with the outcome of the most memorable bouts, but few know the secrets surrounding them. In 'The 12 Greatest Rounds of Boxing', Ferdie Pacheco not only selects the dozen best rounds ever fought, but reveals what went on behind the scenes at these fights, from chicanery and Mob influence to romantic liaisons and the zaniness that seems to go hand in glove with boxing. Did Muhammad Ali's 1965 'Phantom Punch' really knock out Sonny Litson, or was Sonny simply too scared to get off the canvas? With World War II looming, was German heavyweight champoin warned by Adolf Hitler to beat Joe Louis - or else? Did Jack Dempsey have something illegal in his glove when he battered Jess Willard into bloody submission in 1919? The fascinating behind the scenes stories are related by Pacheco and a renowned grup of boxing experts, offering an intimate glimpse of boxing inimitable characters and the often bizarre world they inhabit.