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Burnham's Celestial Handbook: An Observer's Guide to the Universe Beyond the Solar System, Vol. 2 REV and Enl Dover ed. Edition
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Yes, the book is thirty years old and a little out-of-date. And, the typewritten font looks homely. But that's part of its charm. Burnham initially self-published this very personal book from his kitchen table. Literally. (Astronomy magazine published a very interesting "self-interview" by Burnham in March, 1982 which provides some background on his struggles to get it published.Read more ›
Thousands of objects are cataloged by constellation, and hundreds are described in detail. When arriving at an object that seems to be the most familliar of its class (M13 for globular clusters, Sirius B for white dwarfs etc,.) Burham provides an essay on that class of objects (state of the art for its time, usually the 1970s)- often including very useful cross-references to other objects in that class.
Most useful to the observer are the countless orbital charts of double stars.
These books are an addictive way to pass the time. Most of the essays on featured objects are a few pages long, and can be read in the short "in between" moments that life is filled with. For two years I had one or more volumes of this series of three books in my bathroom, so as to pass the time a bit more productively learning about the sky. Needless to say, some of my bathroom trips grew a bit lengthy as I found myself plowing through Burnham's collection of personal observations, scientific data, and historical tales.
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In spite of it's copyright dating back to the 50s and 70s (Vol.1), it's introduction for young astronomers remains relevant and eminently informative Even though I have owned the... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
Although the images and text, today is much more sophisticated, it is always good to learn from the real past. But always the classics deserve a little more sophistication.Published on March 17, 2014 by Vladimir A. Fajardo R
There is no modern source even remotely close that inspires such passion of the night sky. Some of the astronomical data needs updating but Burnham's Celestial Handbook is a... Read morePublished on March 2, 2014 by Daniel Mounsey
I was one of those scoundrels who obtained the hardbound set of Burnham's many years ago by joining the Astronomy Book Club for $3.95. Read morePublished on January 2, 2014 by John
This book arrives soon and In perfect condition. I looked for a long time and I am very satisfied with the purchase.Published on October 23, 2013 by LAH
This set of works is simply amazing. I'm not aware of any other science in which this sort of reference work exists, blending so many areas of knowledge at once into a work... Read morePublished on August 1, 2013 by MtnGoat