- Hardcover: 160 pages
- Publisher: Sky Publishing Corporation (March 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0933346689
- ISBN-13: 978-0933346680
- Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 9.2 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,259,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Star-Hopping for Backyard Astronomers
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But it's short! Only 13 telescope starhops, and short ones at that! Each starhop can be leisurely completed in about an hour. Garfinkle's starhops are each about twice the length, sometimes even longer, and feature a much more varied selection of objects. Plus, Garfinkle includes nearly twice as many starhops in his book, so there's about four times as much total content. It's a 300-page book including the appendices.
MacRobert's book is great for novices with small telescopes. Owners of 6"+ scopes will not be challenged at all by most of the objects in these hops. They're just too easy, except when a gibbous or full moon is out!
I would rate this book a 3 based on value: time spent using book vs. cost. However, I'll bump it up to a 4 for the outstanding quality of the maps and for MacRobert's enjoyable descriptions to accompany each item of the starhops. If you want a great introductory star-hopping book worth the asking price, look into Garfinkle's "Star-Hopping" or Consolmagno's "Turn Left at Orion".
Some books are Gems.....This is one of them. Recommended for us Star-Gazing junkies.
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