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Bright & Dark Nebulae: An Observers Guide to the Clouds of the Milky Way Galaxy Paperback – July 7, 2017
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About the Author
Prof. Richard P. Wilds Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab url: http://iota.jhuapl.edu/watts.htm Mr. Wilds began his early publication efforts writing general articles for Deep Sky Monthly on the topics of observing star clusters, nebulae and galaxies for a general readership. Later Mr. Wilds turned his efforts to the publication of more scientifically technical articles for professional readers through such publications as Astronomy and Astrophysics on the topics of Solar System research such as mapping the Marginal Zone of the Moon, mapping asteroids and improving the Ephemerids of the moons of the outer Solar System. These activities allowed Mr. Wilds the opportunity to work in worldwide scientific efforts with such organizations as the Bureau des Longitudes, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and the Institut de Mecanique Celeste, Paris, France. He has worked on the Galileo Mission to Jupiter and the Cassini Mission to Saturn and allowed NASA to save precious fuel in its exploration of Jupiter, Saturn and their moons. All of these projects have been noted in publications - i.e. The Occultation Newsletter, The Astronomy and Astrophysics Supplement Series and the Annual Report of The International Lunar Occultation Centre from Tokyo, Japan as well as others and led to Mr. Wilds’ election to the American Astronomical Society – Division for Planetary Sciences and Historical Astronomy Division. Some of his work is found in the Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers, edited by Dr. Thomas Hockey and published by Springer in 2007 and 2014. Mr. Wilds was awarded the 2017 Donald E. Osterbrock Book Prize, for his contributions to the BEA by the American Astronomical Society, Historical Astronomy Division. Throughout this time Mr. Wilds has held various collegiate level Adjunct Instructor positions that have included teaching classes in History, Astronomy and Education.
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The tour is thorough and detailed, and among the best features of the book are the images that match what you will actually see when you look at a given object through a telescope. I have both the Kindle and the print edition, and that can be helpful in navigating - the electronic copy does not seem to have included the table of contents, and being able to consult that is helpful, while using the progress bar in the electronic edition can help you to locate information in the hardcopy when you want to look at it there.
Bright & Dark Nebulae: An Observers Guide to the Clouds of the Milky Way Galaxy by Richard P. Wilds is the first extensive listing of Bright and Dark Nebulae. Great to know that any telescope will work if the night sky is dark enough. The book has many of the author’s own images in a “Through the Eyepiece” collection as well as many helpful diagrams and photographs. I will recommend this book to others interested in learning more about the night sky and the infinity that surrounds us.