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NightWatch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe Hardcover-spiral – September 12, 2006
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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 probably the best handbook for the beginning astronomer. (Drew Monkman The Examiner (Peterborough) 2007-12-11)
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)
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)
New, better-quality photos; amped-up sections on astrophotography and using amateur telescopic equipment; and a new chapter on the skies visible from the Southern hemisphere. (Lynn Andriani PublishersWeekly.com 2006-09-05)
This fourth edition of the essential guide for amateur stargazers is newly updated, lavishly illustrated...and packed with facts...and a cosmic closet-full of other astronomical delights. For anyone who ever looked up and wondered what's out there, Nightwatch puts the heavens at your fingertips. (Neil Pond American Profile 2006-11-26)
It may be hard to justify upgrading from later printings of the third edition, but NightWatch remains one of the best sourcebooks to introduce beginning astronomers to the night sky -- and to keep them interested. (Stuart J. Goldman Sky and Telescope 2007-01-01)
[Globe and Mail 2006 Holiday Gift Book selection] Remains perhaps the best book available for amateur astronomers, and makes fascinating browsing even if you never put eye to telescope. (Globe and Mail 2006-12-09)
NightWatch remains the best single source on sky watching and astronomy equipment for the backyard enthusiast. (Randy Groundwater Windsor Star 2006-12-10)
This classic title has revisions in every chapter. (Mercury)
[Review-of-previous-edition:] A great all-round astronomy guide. (Glenn Chaple Astronomy 2002-12-01)
[Review-of-previous-edition:] Easily the best in its field. ... Highly recommended for all libraries. (Choice 1999-04-01)
[Review-of-previous-edition:] Highly recommended as the best of its kind. (Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canad)
[Review-of-previous-edition:] This is a book you can confidently recommend to anyone who is just starting out in astronomy. (Astronomical League)
[Review-of-previous-edition:] Absolutely the best book for beginners. (Library Journal 2003-05-01)
A paramount book of sky objects... easy and understandable. This practical guide is a must for the science classroom teacher, the beginning or amateur astronomer, and young and old students of the night. The author gives a sensible, realistic perspective on night sky viewing. I believe this is the best book in its field available to amateurs. (Teri Cosentino The Science Teacher)
With this book, viewing the night skies can become fun again, and a family affair.... A must-have book, to stimulate interest in the heavens above, and away from video games and less productive activities. (Shelf Life, Tenth Anniversary Edition)
If Canadians look at the sky more than anyone else in the world, it's thanks to one of our own....NightWatch, now in its fourth edition, has become a staple in many Canadian cottages and amateur astronomers' bookshelves along with his popular The Backyard Astronomer's Guide. The book has also quietly gone on to be the bestselling stargazer's guide in the world, having been translated into Spanish, Italian, Greek and other languages, and selling a stead 25,000 copies or more a year around the world. (Ian Elliot The Whig-Standard 2008-06-07)
This book is widely regarded as the essential guidebook for beginning stargazers. If you buy this book for no other reason that to help you find the North Star, so that you can take images of Star Trails, then it'll be worth your money. (Garry Black Garry Black Photography (GarryBlack.com))
Another must-have.... (Becky Ramotowski, SkyWatch My San Antonio Times (mysa.com) 2008-12-08)
This is a fantastic introductory book chock full of information and charts. Well written and engaging, it is sure to provide all the information to get Dad started looking at the night sky. (John Kulczyzki suite101.com 2010-05-10)
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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I do wish that the charts maybe had finder views of a few objects as well, perhaps in the bottom margin. A second important thing would be to warn users about what they CAN'T see from an urban or suburban location. You might think that magnitude 7-8 objects would be just visible, but many aren't. Many things that are easy from a dark sky site are very hard or impossible from a city. It doesn't emphasize this enough for beginners who don't have the experience to know this.
Other things to buy might be a plansiphere. Also a more detailed atlas like the Bright Star Atlas, The Cambridge Star Atlas, or for even more detail, the Sky & Telescope's Pocket Sky Atlas. Keep in mind that the more detail you see, the more confusing it can be. And that's another strong point of this book. The charts in here are very easy to understand and non-threatening, perfect for beginners. And lastly, if you do get a telescope, ...Read more ›
This is essentially the same as the older editions, some of which I also own. Four new things have been added to the new edition. Tables and data have been update through 2018, there are now southern hemisphere charts (for a Northern hemisphere book, who cares?), there is an updated section on digital astrophotography and some updated information on buying a telescope. I have read many introductory stargazing books and I always find the information about buying a telescope the least interesting. More often than not, the telescope is purchased first and the book is purchased later. An extended section on purchasing a telescope after the fact, after the proverbial horse has left the barn, seems wasteful. Dickerson's section is interesting however. I have not read all his works, but I have read several and Dickerson has uniformly dismissed "go-to" telescopes in favor of "learning the sky." This may be worthwhile for the serious amateur astronomer, but the serious amateur already knows the sky. The true novice may be aided by a telescope that aids him in finding celestial objects so that his cold and dark nights don't end prematurely in frustration. The frustrated novice may never become the "serious" amateur astronomer who benefits from knowing the sky.Read more ›
This book is first of all beautiful with many color photographs to enhance the comprehensive text. The content is engaging and easy-to-understand.
Buy, enjoy, and have fun. Also, the book is worth the $35.00 price, but Amazon has a great discount.
I strongly recommend giving this book to anyone with an interest in amateur astronomy. It is the best guide to getting started in something I've ever seen in my life.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The copy I received was completly missing chapter 3, will be returning.Published 1 day ago by MIchael L Taylor
I purchased this for my 23 yr old daughter who is fascinated with the stars and space. She loves this book and has said it's really shed a lot of light (no pun intended) on what... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Emily C.
this book is going to be a Christmas present, and I am very pleased with it, it appears to have all the information that I think will be needed to get the recipient working.Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
A must have book. Nice spiral binding for page turning and being able to lay the book absolutely flat. Very nice collection of star charts.Published 13 days ago by Lance