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Guide to Stars and Planets (Firefly Pocket series) Paperback – September 1, 2005
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For decades the eminent Moore has been one of the best-known popular astronomy writers in Britain; he intends this work "strictly for newcomers." Half of Moore's guide consists of maps of the constellations, and the other half contains the categories of celestial objects visible through binoculars or small telescopes. The book opens with the basics needed to profit from that information: knowing how to navigate the celestial vault. Definitions of right ascension and declination in hand, Moore points readers to the moon, then to the sun, the planets, the stars, and nebulae. Instructing on where to find these objects, Moore assures his readers that acquiring this knowledge is not as formidable as it appears and provides an imaginatively satisfying experience.
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For both novice and experienced amateurs... very informative and handy to use... perfect gifts for any amateur astronomer. (Duncan Class Pulsar)
Well-illustrated, this book will help you recognize more than just the big dipper while stargazing. (Wendy Rayson-Kerr Belleville Intelligencer 2012-08-07)
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Do note that it is not updated to include some of the very recent discoveries or changes (e.g., Pluto as a dwarf planet, discovery of Eris & Haumea).
All the same, this is a great buy, for what its worth.