The Backyard Astronomer's Guide
The Back Yard Astronomer's Guide
An essential reference tool for both beginning and veteran sky observers. Drawing on decades of stargazing experience, the authors suggest what equipment to buy and what to avoid, describe observing techniques, and explain how to hunt down the most interesting celestial objects. Each chapter is illustrated with the latest, breathtaking astrophotography. This companion is broken down into three parts: "Equipment for Backyard Astronomy", "Observing the Celestial Panorama" and "Astrophotography". It focuses on the practical aspects of astronomy. Among many astronomy subjects, the authors offer advice on how to contend with light pollution, and how to take successful and impressive color photographs of galaxies and nebulae (with or without a telescope). Each chapter is written in clear, jargon-free yet detailed
This companion volume to Dickinson's NightWatch takes amateurs to the next level in pursuing their interest in astronomy. More than 200 astrophotos and illustrations accompany instructions on observing a wide variety of sky objects, with tips from well-known astro-experts. It also discusses observing sites and equipment selection, with special emphasis on new products.
Inside you'll find...
- Amateur Astronomy Comes of Age
- Binoculars for the Beginner and Serious Observer
- Telescopes for Recreational Activity
- Eyepieces and Filters
- Accessories and Observing Aids
- Ten Myths About Telescopes and Observing
- The Sky Without a Telescope
- Observing Conditions: Your Site and Light Pollution
- Observing the Moon, Sun and Comets
- Observing the Planets
- How to Find Your Way Around the Sky
- Exploring the Deep Sky
- Capturing the Sky on Film
- The Essential Techniques
- Eclipses, Gremlins and Advanced Technique
- Epilogue: The Universe Awaits
The BackYard Astronomer's Guide Reviews
"Few books capture the spirit of the hobby so well ... the simple joy of watching the universe go by." --American Scientist
"Big colorful user-friendly book ... This book is your passport to the stars." --David Aguilar Sky and Telescope
"Crammed with practical information that should help you become a better observer, and have fun doing it." --Craig Tupper, Astronomy
"Its nontechnical language makes astronomy an avocation accessible to everyone." --Library Journal
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