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The Moon and How to Observe It (Astronomers' Observing Guides)
The Moon and How to Observe It (Astronomers' Observing Guides)
by Peter Grego
Edition: Paperback
Price: $25.74
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm Romantic about the Moon; but as an Amateur Astronomer I Love Moonless Nights!! Well; until I got this book ..., August 18, 2009
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No matter who you talk to, its always roughly a similar story, the first object to look at when you get your Telescope out of the box is the moon, its easy to find and quiet fascinating. Within few weeks or even days it becomes a nuisance when viewing other deep sky objects and planets; besides other light pollution and limitations. You look at the moon, you see craters and dark lava, all looks the same; one crater is like the other. It became more interesting when I got the Moon Maps and Moon Phase Maps and the Lunar 100 List to spice things up and most recently the LCROSS space mission and Apollo 11 40th anniversary which I witnessed at the age of 4 in 1969 to get me revive my interest in the moon. Then I purchased this book and the moon started taking on a whole new dimension. The Moon is fascinating and is full of history from its creation to the most recent events those natural and man made. I'm no longer looking at Craters, Faults, and Edges and Rimae the same any more but rather I see what I did not see before. This book is your Moon Polarizer Filter; it brings things into Focus and makes you appreciate that Shinny Object that was once "Theoretically" a part of our planet Earth. The lunar features have a story to tell and this book helps you understand their language.

Happy Moon Lighting!!!

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Smithsonian Handbooks: Stars and Planets (Smithsonian Handbooks)
Smithsonian Handbooks: Stars and Planets (Smithsonian Handbooks)
by Ian Ridpath
Edition: Flexibound
Price: $15.83
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant little book, enjoyable to read with wealth of information !, June 25, 2009
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I purchased this book for my children; it ended up as one of my favourites! It's a brilliant little book, enjoyable to read with wealth of information and colourful pictures and maps for beginners and even intermediate Star Gazers. It amazingly manages to convey "though very very briefly" the facts about the Universe, the Sun, Stars, Planets and Constellations (Including the Asterisms, Historical and Mythological origins) enough to be informative and enjoyable for the whole family. It covers the planets, the 88 Constellations with some listing of their most prominent stars and objects with a nice little map of planet earth indicating were each constellation is visible from and when; its covers the moon and a few of its observable features, phases and eclipses etc. Nice introduction to the planets and their atmosphere and structure with the simple facts and comparison with those of earth and the moon when applicable. Even Asteroids, Comets and Meteors get a page or two. Equipment and many other bits interesting and informative facts make it a book for anyone. If you are curious or just want to read about the wonders out there this is a good start with the added bonus of being for Adults as well as the younger audience. The DK Eyewitness Workbook "Stars and Planets" complements this book wonderfully.


The Cambridge Double Star Atlas
The Cambridge Double Star Atlas
by Wil Tirion
Edition: Spiral-bound
15 used & new from $340.00

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, The "Look Inside" pictures say a thousand words;, June 24, 2009
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I was reluctant to write a review for this Atlas as the "Look Inside" pictures say a thousand words; but I had to share my appreciation for this well presented book. It's a brilliant Atlas for stargazers seeking those alluring jewels in the night sky. Clear and vivid colours of the different objects and constellations with a guide on the top of each page and most importantly the Double (or Multiple stars) are clearly labelled. Whilst it's dedicated to Double stars it can be used as a general atlas for other objects though the appendix provided is dedicated to the constellations and the double stars only. The "Look Inside" option was very helpful for me to preview the book before purchasing it as at the time I ordered it there were no reviews yet. I have no regrets; this is a treasure and a job well done. It will take its place right by my side with my pocket sky atlas and the Atlas 2000.0 on my starry nights.
Nevertheless, I wish there was a CD with those Maps so I can print them and Laminate them before heading out.
Just to note, this is not a tutorial or a how to book, it's not a book intended for learning about telescopes or astronomy. Its spot on Double Stars Atlas.


The Best Book of Bugs
The Best Book of Bugs
by Claire Llewellyn
Edition: Paperback
Price: $3.94
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars May Not the Best Book Of Bugs!!, June 24, 2009
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This review is from: The Best Book of Bugs (Paperback)
Colourful simple introduction to the wonderful world of bugs intended for young children maybe 3 to 8 years old. My 4 year old daughter loves it. As for being "The Best Book of Bugs", well not sure if it can claim that title, its presentation is a bit crowded; could be better. Dollars for Quality, I guess it's good enough.


Sky & Telescope's Star Wheel 40° North
Sky & Telescope's Star Wheel 40° North
by Sky Publishing
Edition: Wall Chart
Price: $12.06
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful design, but made of non-durable "Cardboard". Won't last long !!, June 24, 2009
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Simply, it's a beautiful design, clear but the material is unfortunatly "Cardboard", not very durable and definitely not suitable for those damp nights. Should have been made from enduring Plastic or Laminated, not sure how long it will last.


Meteors and How to Observe Them (Astronomers' Observing Guides)
Meteors and How to Observe Them (Astronomers' Observing Guides)
by Wolfgang Stegmüller
Edition: Paperback
Price: $24.27
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Guide to "Mother Nature's fascinating Fireworks", June 16, 2009
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Meteors are Mother Nature's fascinating Fireworks, I enjoy them when driving in the countryside away from city lights, and I even plan my flights during Moonless nights and spend the whole flight observing them from the airplane's little window. As for this book, it's simply enjoyable and well presented for amateur astronomers who want to observe Meteors or just read about them. It provides a "summary" of the various types of Meteors and their activities supported by maps and pictures of what to expect; gathered in one little book. References for more complete sources are included at the end of each chapter for those who want more. It's not a book for a novice as it assumes that you have the basic knowledge of how to locate the constellations and navigate your way around the stars. Visual observations of Meteors are fun, a good pair of binoculars for clearer viewing is recommended, many tips exist in the book for an enjoyable experience. With the multitude of books about stars and deep sky objects out there, this one stands out as one of the few references for amateurs about Meteors. Enjoy!!


Stars and Planets: The Most Complete Guide to the Stars, Planets, Galaxies, and the Solar System (Princeton Field Guides)
Stars and Planets: The Most Complete Guide to the Stars, Planets, Galaxies, and the Solar System (Princeton Field Guides)
by Ian Ridpath
Edition: Paperback
Price: $13.68
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "One Good Book" that covers it all !!, May 20, 2009
I received this book from my friends as a Job Leaving Present; knowing how much I like star gazing. It's a wonderful little book, enjoyable to read with wealth of information and colourful pictures and maps for beginners and intermediate Star Gazers. It covers all 88 Constellations with some details about their most prominent stars and objects; its covers the moon with very good maps and highlight of the observable feature. Clear star maps for northern and southern hemispheres. A Section of simple star physics and classifications including our Sun is very educational. Equipment and many other bits valuable information make it a one book field guide for any amateur astronomer. If you are beginning astronomy or just want to read about the wonders out there and want to buy "One Good Book"; then this is the one. Simply, 400 Pages of useful information yet easy to take any where and the price is right!!


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