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The Total Skywatcher's Manual: 275+ Skills and Tricks for Exploring Stars, Planets, and Beyond
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"The Total Skywatcher’s Manual is a fun book, but more importantly, it’s a useful book... The ASP has long offered us outreach material, but in The Total Skywatcher’s Manual, they offer us a new outreach approach as well.” (Sky & Telescope)
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Based in San Francisco, California, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific has a 125-year history of providing astronomy enthusiasts with the resources, tools, and information they need to understand astronomy better and teach astronomy to others. The ASP audience includes amateur astronomers, astronomy enthusiasts, families, science educators, children, and informal educators, and the ASP has several major, grant-funded STEM initiatives that generate activities for all age groups.
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I close this review with my deepest gratitude to those who put this book together - what a fine job you have done to help those of us at the beginning of our journey to wander around the night sky.
The book features about 300 mini-section each covering a standalone topic. Each mini-section has about a page or so of text and quite a few beautiful illustrations, photos and graphics. These sections can be read in just about any order. A few examples:
Section #134 "Meet Jupiter" ( (Jupiter's year is 12 earth years long, the Red Spot is the size of two earths, and Jupiter has 50 "confirmed" moons)
Topic # 145 "How to Select a Telescope" (Look for diameter not power- 4.5-6 inches is a good place to start, try before you buy and make sure it fits in your trunk)
Section #64- "Learn how indigenous Australians view the Milky Way" (turns out some groups view if as a river
containing fish, others view it as drowned brothers.)
All in all, its a beautiful book that is fun to flip through. Simple enough for a kid to read and yet with enough real information to satisfy an interested adult. Great gift that you will want to keep for yourself.