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NightWatch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe Hardcover-spiral – Illustrated, September 12, 2006

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The perfect introduction to astronomy and stargazing. It has been the top-selling stargazing guide for over 20 years... With information that even the most experienced stargazers will find comes in handy. (Space.com 2018-12-04)

Some astronomy books become trusted friends; sun-baked, dew-drenched companions, their well-thumbed, fact-filled pages tattered with time. This fourth edition is just such a book. First published in 1983 but now updated and expanded, it will please loyal backyard astronomers and entice newbies seeking a first complete guide... A skilled observer and accomplished astrophotographer, the author knows what's out there and how to best see it. (Jane Green BBC Sky at Night Magazine 2019-09-01)

[Review-of-previous-edition:] [Nightwatch was] a clear, concise manual for backyard stargazing that also managed to convey the excitement of astronomy. This fantastically revised edition continues that tradition, but now includes sky maps for observers in the southern hemisphere and a guide to celestial phenomena up to 2018. The best introduction around. (Ivan Semeniuk New Scientist 2007-01-20)

Renowned author and astronomer Terence Dickinson took Grade 5 and 6 students from the [North Bay] area through the universe to make snowballs from water and ice particles that make up Saturn's rings, and visit the red liquid methane lakes of its moon, Titan.... "I'm hoping that they'll walk away with excitement about the universe," he said." It's a subject that young people are not discarding. They're living with it. They're interested in it. And they know a lot." (Maria Calabrese The North Bay Nugget 2008-09-11)

This is a wonderful, single-volume introduction to the night sky and its wonders. More than that, it's chock-full of valuable information to help you understand how your telescope works and what all those dials and knobs do. If you only purchase one item to go with your new telescope, this should be it. (Gary Seronik Sky and Telescope Magazine 2020-01-08)

Aspiring stargazers will find everything that they need to unlock the secrets of the night sky in this newly updated edition. Public and school libraries will certainly want to update their collections with this book. (Amy Luedtke VOYA)

A "must" for any night-time observer. (Diane C. Donovan The Midwest Book Review 2007-03-01)

This is probably the best handbook for the beginning astronomer. (Drew Monkman The Examiner (Peterborough) 2007-12-11)

A great overall book for the stargazing hobbyist. (Mike Lynch St Paul Pioneer Press 2006-12-17)

General interest introduction to astronomy now in its fourth edition... bends the mind with information. (Barbara Julian Victoria Times-Colonist 2007-01-14)

About the Author

Terence Dickinson is the best-selling author of 14 other astronomy books, including The Backyard Astronomer's Guide and Hubble's Universe. He has received many national and international science awards, including the New York Academy of Science Book of the Year Award.


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  • Publisher : Firefly Books; 4th edition (September 12, 2006)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover-spiral : 192 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 155407147X
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1554071470
  • Grade level : 5 - 12
  • Item Weight : 2.71 pounds
  • Dimensions : 11 x 0.88 x 10.75 inches
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