- Hardcover: 190 pages
- Publisher: Willmann-Bell; 2 edition (June 30, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0943396883
- ISBN-13: 978-0943396880
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.5 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,585,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Binocular Astronomy 2nd Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
Binocular Astronomy excels in its organization of the constellations by seasons (as opposed to alphabetically), choosing to discuss a limited number of objects (but discussing them thoroughly), including key statistics (magnitude, stellar type, distance, etc.) without overdoing it. The book is also hardbound and printed on thick durable paper, another plus.
Owning Binocular Astronomy is like having an experienced buddy, helping point you towards all the interesting things in our sky.
All in all, an incredible value.
If you plan to buy this book, get the original first edition.
The first chapter introduces the basics of star-watching: constellations, the celestial sphere, seasonal changes, and so on. It also includes a short discussion about choosing and using binoculars. The technical information is a little dated (the optics world has changed in the past 15 years!), but the rest is good solid information.
The next four chapters cover the sky by season. They each introduce the seasonal constellations, and the move straight to the good stuff. And what good stuff it is. Terrificly detailed descriptions of hundreds and hundreds of targets for you to look at, with drawings, charts, and photographs to help you find and identify them.
But be forewarned, this book is by and for amateur astronomers. If your interest in the night sky is very casual, a "twice-a-summer" affair, this book may overwhelm you. For example, it uses the Bayer and Flamsteed IDs for stars (Greek letters and numbers, respectively), and gives directions using degree measurements. You will need and use the star atlas at the rear of the book. Most of this can be quickly learned, but it does demand that you pay attention. This is a good thing. :-)
Chapter 6 describes and illustrates the structure of our own galaxy. It's interesting and very instructive.
Chapter 7 sends you out looking for galaxies. Galaxies, my friends, and with binoculars no less! But with a decent pair of household 10x50 binoculars and a dark sky, you'll be amazed at how the universe unfolds before you.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have a GOTO telescope, and am familiar with the night sky, but I felt I needed to improve my proficiency in knowing where celestial objects are. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ohio Ted
This is a great book to accompany Sky & Telescope's "Binocular Highlights". The Sky and Telescope book has far better visuals and better organization, while this book does... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Lee
I have dabbled with binocular astronomy in past and I am now "into it" with both feet, with a variety of instruments up to 25X100 mm. Read morePublished on November 28, 2010 by Stargazer John
it's a pleasure to encounter a book that makes you say, "oh, that's how i would have done it!" even if the book can be improved in the details. Read morePublished on October 19, 2010 by drollere
I guess the content is decent enough, if you like a dull lifeless book with fine print and no color photo's (just little black dots to represent stars, UG!). Read morePublished on December 16, 2009 by Jack Offerman
Despite its unfortunate cover, depicting children, this book is a superb guide to the binocular night sky. However, it's not light reading! Read morePublished on October 14, 2009 by D. T. Antonsen
I wrote this review in 2002 for a very well known astronomy website. In my opinion, this is an outstanding resource for the binocular observer. Read morePublished on June 22, 2007 by Edward R. Zarenski
Binocular Astronomy is an excellent introduction to the underappreciated art of exploring the night sky with binoculars. The book is first rate for small telescopes as well. Read morePublished on March 4, 2007 by Doug Rice
This is a must have book for the amateur astronomer. It has in-depth coverage of deep space objects. It lacks detailed charts, however, this is not the authors purpose. Read morePublished on July 2, 2006 by Patrick D. Goonan