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Star-Hopping for Backyard Astronomers

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ISBN-13: 978-0933346680
ISBN-10: 0933346689
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Sky Publishing Corporation (March 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0933346689
  • ISBN-13: 978-0933346680
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 9.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #526,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Ritesh Laud on March 28, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I read through and used this book a couple months ago. I've also had the opportunity to do the same with Garfinkle's "Star-Hopping: Your Visa to Viewing the Universe". MacRobert's book is prettier, with much better maps (adapted from Tirion's works) and more colorful descriptions of the objects.
But it's short! Only 13 telescope starhops, and short ones at that! Each starhop can be leisurely completed in about an hour. Garfinkle's starhops are each about twice the length, sometimes even longer, and feature a much more varied selection of objects. Plus, Garfinkle includes nearly twice as many starhops in his book, so there's about four times as much total content. It's a 300-page book including the appendices.
MacRobert's book is great for novices with small telescopes. Owners of 6"+ scopes will not be challenged at all by most of the objects in these hops. They're just too easy, except when a gibbous or full moon is out!
I would rate this book a 3 based on value: time spent using book vs. cost. However, I'll bump it up to a 4 for the outstanding quality of the maps and for MacRobert's enjoyable descriptions to accompany each item of the starhops. If you want a great introductory star-hopping book worth the asking price, look into Garfinkle's "Star-Hopping" or Consolmagno's "Turn Left at Orion".
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Brandon Neff on July 14, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Of all the books I bought and read, this has been the most helpful. The author clearly explains the technique of star-hopping and provides 14 detailed starhops. Each hop will occupy you for around an hour. They're organized by month/season so you can pick whichever hop suits your night skies. This book also contains excellent information on choosing a telescope or binoculars and includes excellent reproductions of Tirion's Sky Atlas 2000.0 Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By George J. Saar on December 13, 2013
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A very well written book to learn Star Hopping. The illustrations are "old fashioned" compared to Sue French's current Book, but is very useful, easy to understand and a good read. Glad I found one of these in excellent used condition as they are hard to find since being out of print.
Some books are Gems.....This is one of them. Recommended for us Star-Gazing junkies.
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By tree on January 12, 2013
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If you are a traditionalists and disdain go to or push to scopes, try this book out to brush up on finding deep sky objects the old fashioned way. Call me a starhopper for life.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pdc0925 on July 24, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Nicely laid out, great for beginners!
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