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Exploring the Night Sky with Binoculars 3rd Edition

3.9 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0521554923
ISBN-10: 0521554926
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Editorial Reviews

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'... a useful beginner's guide to the binocular sky.' Sky and Telescope 'Binocular astronomy is currently enjoying something of a renaissance, so it is a pleasure to see this new edition of Patrick Moore's super book, which helped usher in the new era when it was originally published in 1987. Since then, this has been the introduction to the night sky that I've recommended more than any other ... If you know of someone whose enthusiasm for the night sky has been inspired, perhaps by recent views of Comet Hyakutake, I can think of no better gift than a pair of binoculars and a copy of this excellent book.' Brian Kelly, The Observatory

'This book would be a good buy for someone new to astronomy as it covers all aspects of observational work at a fairly basic level and would continue to be a useful information source for many years to come.' Linda Roberton, Astronomy Now

'This is the third edition of this useful book ... It is written in Patrick Moore's well-known, easy-to-read, personal style ... This book is a good general introduction to the night sky using binoculars and it should encourage the reader to go and look for themselves.' Alan Dowdell, Webb Society Reviews

Book Description

Patrick Moore's painstakingly researched Exploring the Night Sky with Binoculars will help and encourage both casual and serious observers of our awe-inspiring universe. Sections on basic astronomy, selection of binoculars, detailed constellation maps and descriptions of stars, comets and galaxies are included in this beautifully illustrated manual.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 3 edition (February 23, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521554926
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521554923
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.7 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,330,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Dave Holland on June 10, 2006
Format: Paperback
If you are looking for a beginner book with a goal of recognizing the constellations, there are better choices (consider "The Stars, a new way to see them" by HA Ray). Moore's comprehensive description of each star in a constellation tends to drag, and details go well beyond the beginner level. A lot of the data will repeat what should be contained in a good star atlas. On the other hand I liked his viewing perspective, mostly aimed from northern latitudes ca 50 deg. I liked his easy literary style, and he does have an enviable lifetime of experience. He uses D-shaped star maps, that work well for stars near the horizon, but these maps aren't so good for stars overhead. Some of the introductory chapters are simple overviews of astronomy facts that are better covered in my university textbooks. Ultimately the superficial details aren't useful once you are beyond that beginner stage. I could still see holding onto a copy of this, or it's cousin "Stargazing", if only as a supplementary reference to a star atlas. However, for it's stated description as a beginner's guide to the sky, it falls short.
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Didn;t care for this book much...the author is a respected British astronomer, but the book was pedantic, and by "grouchy" I mean that he just really didn;t seem to be "into it"...he's obviously partial to telescopes, which is fine, but he certainly didn;t impart very much encouragement or enthusiasm into the aspects of binocular astronomy as other books do. The book, in the main, is a constellation-by-consteallation guide to the sky, with no "simulated" binocular views/closeups, which make other books on binocular astronomy so helpful. If there's any saving grace, it's that he's pretty clear what he - even as an experienced astronomer - is *not* able to see with binoculars (or what isn;t worth seeing) which actually helped sooth some disapointments I've had in my own stargazing. Not recommended.
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The author's advice on choice of binocular ignores the age-related change in size of the human pupil, so that a 7x50 binocular is probably more binocular than an over-fifty star-gazer can use. This issue is covered well in "Astronomy Hacks" by Robert Thompson.
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I recieved this book very quickly and it's in very good shape. Some pages have signs of oridynary use but it doesn't bothers me at all like as I said - it's completely ok :)
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