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Product Details

  • Series: Scientific Traveler
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press; 1 edition (September 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813543746
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813543741
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.7 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,499,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Bruce L. Prickett on June 16, 2009
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I like this book over-all, it has a lot of great information about visiting observatories and science locations. For example, I've been to Mauna Kea and Palomar Mountain, and I learned some new information about visiting them from this book.

Each site is introduced with a good description of the historical and scientific character of the facility, and there are pointers to special features or easily missed displays that are worth hunting down.

As a Bay Area resident, I have a major gripe: While the book lists Ames Research Center in Mountain View and Lick Observatory near San Jose, it ignores Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland. This is puzzling, since both Ames and Lick have very limited options for tours by the public - Lick is open during the day, but only has night time viewing on a few nights each year. Ames has a nice visitor center, but the only time you can get inside the gates is for the Air Show (or to film a MythBusters episode).

To contrast, Chabot is open to the public most days of the year, and has public telescope viewing every clear Friday or Saturday night. The planetarium and Mega-Dome theater are world class. For telescopes, Chabot's 20" refractor and 36" reflector dwarf the telescopes available at most public observatories, including some that are praised in this book.

The author asks for suggestions for future editions, I know he'll be receiving some from Chabot fans...

The book includes a section on visiting Roswell and Area 51, this is good for amusement value. There are also pointers for visiting some of the great space related museums and NASA facilities.
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I loved this book, and I look forward to future vacations where I can include a site or two that are mentioned in the book. The chapters cover Native American astronomy sites, optical telescopes, radio telescopes, planetariums, NASA-related sites, space museums, and sites related to a select few people that are important in the world of astronomy. Each location includes a description of what you'll find at the site, and practical details like how to get there and the hours that the location is open. While this is not a comprehensive review of every possible astronomy-related location that exists, it seems like a good beginning.
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Unfortunately, it is getting a bit dated.
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This is a terrific book. I really enjoyed reading about the history and meaning behind each of the sites listed in the book. I look forward to other books in this series.
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