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Stars: A Guide to the Constellations, Sun, Moon, Planets and Other Features of the Heavens (A Golden guide) Paperback – August 1, 2000


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Product Details

  • Series: A Golden guide
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Golden Books Pub Co (Adult); Revised edition (August 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307244938
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307244932
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 4 x 4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,202,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Golden Guides first appeared in 1949 and quickly established themselves as authorities on subjects from Natural History to Science. Relaunched in 2000, Golden Guides from St. Martin's Press feature modern, new covers as part of a multi-year, million-dollar program to revise, update, and expand the complete line of guides for a new generation of students.
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That's more advanced than this book is.
Mary
If you want to build a firm foundation in astronomy, this would be the perfect book to do it with.
Aethelred
This is one of the first books I read when I took up Astronomy as a hobby, 20+ years ago.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mary on October 13, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book is an excellent starter book on stars. I received it as a kid and I've held onto my first copy of this book for 30 years! It finally wore out and I ordered an updated version. I live in New Hampshire and we have a great night sky. I use this book as a quick reference guide to see what constellations are in the sky now. Also, the pictures in the book make it easy to "see" what the constellation looks like. This book is not good for tracking planets - where they are, when. That's more advanced than this book is. This book is an excellent primer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brother Hamza Philip on August 4, 2008
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Remember when Saturn had only 9 known satellites, and was the only planet known to have rings?

Beginning in 2nd grade (in the late 1960s), I became interested in Science, especially Astronomy. This was the first book about Astronomy that I ever owned. It made me happy to see a copy available for a reasonable price, so I purchased the book and when I held it in my hand it was almost like meeting a old friend I hadn't seen in years.

This edition of the book is out of date, of course, but I've purchased the latest edition for my children. Much of the artwork remains the same in the latest edition, while the technical information was last updated about a decade ago. But the most important part of the book, the drawings of the constellations and seasonal views of the sky, remain the same as in the classic edition.

Other childhood friends of mine prefered some of the other Golden Nature Guides, but Stars was and still is my favorite book in this popular series.
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This is one of the first books I read when I took up Astronomy as a hobby, 20+ years ago. It is full of practical, useful information for the amateur astronomer, covering different types of optics (newtonian, dobsonian, and schmidt-cassegrain reflectors, as well as refractors), including how to calculate magnification with different objectives and eyepieces. It contains a basic introduction to solar observing, with proper precautions to avoid blinding yourself, astro-photography techniques, some basic star charts, information on lunar viewing, deep-sky viewing, etc. This book is a classic on the subject of astronomy, and one that I hope never goes out of print. It was the single most useful astronomy book I had during my 5+ years of enjoying the hobby. I actually bought another copy as a gift for my nephew who was interested in astronomy. Buy it, if you want a superb introduction, covering a wide range of topics within this fascinating hobby. Cheers!
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This is a great little book (as are all Golden Guides).

We are only using Celestron giant binoculars on a tripod, but were able to find Jupiter from this book. Then as a bonus, saw 3 moons of Jupiter & identified them from this book!

Also was able to find Arcturus with instructions from this book, & multiple others, & constellations.

Don't let the size fool you. I grew up with Golden Books, They are better than most anything I've read. College level information, yet written for a child to understand.

All the Golden Books are great!

HTH
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By cbeck on January 13, 2014
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The small, compact book can easily be taken anywhere. Great information packed into it. Very easy to read and understand!
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By Sue Cummings on October 2, 2013
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I ordered this book for my grandson who loves space. The problem is that the book has many typos and wasn't completely updated. I really wish there were a newer, more correct version.
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By Joyce on June 23, 2013
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My husband has an old copy of this book which is falling apart from use. The grandchildren enjoy the book so we bought copies of the book for two of them. One has received his copy and was thrilled with it.
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