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Backyard Astronomy: Your Guide to Starhopping and Exploring the Universe (Nature Company Guides) Paperback – April, 2001
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BACKYARD ASTRONOMY guides you through the mysteries of the universe and tells you everything you need to know about becoming a proficient backyard astronomer. Chapters included are: Exploring the Universe; Skywatching Tools; Sun and Moon; The Planets; Other Lights in the Sky; and Starhopping Guide.
Top Customer Reviews
The first is its outstanding quality. The second is the BEWARE!.
This book is actually a softcover, otherwise identical reprint of "Advanced Skywatching", ISBN: 0783549415, published in 1997, also by Time-Life.
Perhaps Time-Life used this subterfuge to catch unwary on-line shoppers that already own "Advanced Skywatching" (as I do), since you can't view the contents on-line to discover you already own the same book under a different name.
The complaint on the star charts about this book (or its twin) not covering the entire sky is not critical.
There isn't room on anyone's bookshelf for all the possible fun sky-hops, of which this book and its twin present abundant excellent examples. There are more and different, also challenging and instructive ones in another fine volume, "Turn Left at Orion", and many others.
Not to worry if you get sucked in. This one makes a fine gift for your favorite grandchild as mine will.
Add this to your "must have" list if you don't already own its twin. If you do, buy it anyhow and give it to someone special.
The price is astonishingly low for the fine content.