- Spiral-bound: 104 pages
- Publisher: Sky Publishing (May 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1931559430
- ISBN-13: 978-1931559430
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.5 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 112 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #418,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Binocular Highlights: 99 Celestial Sights for Binocular Users (Sky & Telescope Stargazing) Spiral-bound – May 1, 2007
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About the Author
Gary Seronik is an associate editor at Sky & Telescope magazine where he has authored the magazine's monthly Binocular Highlight column since 1999. An avid stargazer since childhood, Gary began observing the stars with his father's 7 Â´ 35 binoculars and over the years has built numerous telescopes to suit his astronomical interests. He owns several binoculars and always has at least one with him as he travels the world to view the night sky.
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The charts are excellent for locating the targets under dim red light, and the descriptions are readable and succinct. Gary Seronik know his stuff. The binding allows the book to remain open while going back and forth from binos to book if necessary, and the pages are made of a good weight paper, glossy and durable, and seems as if they could take a few exposures to dewy nights. Each binocular feature has a brief description and occupies only one page, and the book also has star charts placed at the front and back of the book, showing the sky during different seasons -- very handy! -- if you want to leave the old planisphere in the house.
This book is worth every penny -- for beginners, or even someone with more experience (like myself) who doesn't have the chance to get out too much (since I live in the cloudy Pacific Northwest). Grab a dim red light, whatever binos you have, and get this book. Head outside for a fabulous tour of the night sky. Clear skies!
I bought Binocular Highlights 99 for my Celestron 25X100 binos and tripod. The book is well laid out into the different seasons. It is good for about the 30 degree north of the equator.
With my Sky Six planetarium software on my laptop in conjunction with the Binocular Highlights book I was easily able to find almost all the book listed interesting objects for June to August. I really liked some of the clusters I was able to easily find using the book.
I have not had the time yet to view the sky other months using the book so I wont comment on those months.
It was nice that the author took the time to tell novices how to scan and use binoculars. He recommends smaller binos than I have so they can be hand held vs having to use a tripod.
Read the book first before you buy expensive binoculars. That way you can decide if a smaller lighter pair of binoculars would suit you better for hand holding or if you want to pay extra for a heavy pair of binoculars you will need a tripod for. I really like my Celestron 25x100 binos but they are very heavy and you must use a tripod. You may want a lighter pair.
The book Binocular Highlights 99 Celestial Sights for me was worth the money and useful. Big plus for me... Astronomy binocular viewing with the book is quick setup fun. 4 stars.
I suppose that I was more interested in the romance of the stars rather than the science they represent. I enjoy learing the constellations.
This book was a break-through for me. I already owned a good pair of binoculars, so one I had this book I was set.
The information is presented in a way a more causal observer can appreciate. In addition, it provides details a more experienced person will appreciate.
On the first two trips out with this book, I observed more than I ever imagined. As the seasons change, I will learn to see even more.
If you are a hard core astronomer, this books is probably too simple. If you want to simply look at the stars unaided, it is probably too deep. If you are like me, and fall between those categories, the book will serve you well.
The book is well printed, seems to deal with dew easily and is ring bound for easy use.