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The Urban Astronomer's Guide: A Walking Tour of the Cosmos for City Sky Watchers (The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series) [Paperback]

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February 6, 2010 1846282160 978-1846282164 2006

This book covers the "why," "how," and "what" of astronomy under light-polluted skies. The prospective city-based observer is told why to observe from home (there are hundreds of spectacular objects to be seen from the average urban site), how to observe the city sky (telescopes, accessories, and moderns techniques), and what to observe. About half of the book is devoted to describing "tours" of the sky, with physical and observational descriptions, at-the-eyepiece drawings, and photographs.


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"The Urban Astronomer’s Guide seeks to debunk and a convincing job it does too. … a useful introduction to astronomy in general and a helpful guide to anyone, urban or otherwise, thinking of buying or upgrading their equipment. … The Urban Astronomers Guide brings serious deep space observation right to where you can get the most out of it – your own back yard." (Ray Bradfield, Astronomy and Space, February, 2008)

From the Back Cover

Many amateur astronomers live in urban and highly developed suburban areas, and many of them believe that they can’t observe deep-sky objects from such light-polluted locations.

But it isn’t true.

Given the right techniques, urban astronomers can routinely observe deep-sky objects night after night – something most of us would never do if it involved driving miles into the country to find a dark site. Rod Mollise has observed the entire Messier list from his urban backyard, without high-tech equipment, using only commercially-made telescopes and simple accessories.

This is a guide to good deep-sky astronomy under bad skies.

There are literally hundreds of spectacular objects to be seen from the average urban site. After dealing with equipment, locations and even urban safety, Rod invites you to join him on his virtual "walking tours" of the night sky, with physical and observational descriptions, at-the-eyepiece drawings, and photographs.


Product Details

  • Series: The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series
  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2006 edition (February 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846282160
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846282164
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #917,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book for City Dwelling Amatuer Astronomers! February 16, 2007
Format:Paperback
Living in the South Florida Peninsula, you get used to light pollution. In 2005, I purchased my first "real" telescope and soon learned how badly light polluted South Florida really is. Although a trip to a dark sky site is only 60 miles away, I live in the suburbs outside of Miami and wanted to take advantage of my decent sized back yard. My sky's limiting magnitude is around 4, the sky towards the north is a grayish white haze where only Polaris is visible and the big dipper if high enough in the sky. The rest of the sky is a little better but after 2 years of limited success in searching for DSOs, I decided to look for help.

The Urban Astronomer's Guide may be the help I require. The book is well written and easy to follow. This book was written where beginners as well as intermediate amateur astronomers would find it interesting.

Part I of the book entitled: Telescopes and Techniques covers everything from the why one would want to observe from the city to the writers experience with types of telescopes and needed techniques to beat the light pollution blues. Mr. Mollise explains the advantages in large and short focal length telescopes and which objects benefit from either type. The author discusses in great detail the differences between the different types of Light-Pollution Reduction Filters, eyepieces, finders, computer software, print atlases, etc.

The book discuses techniques which experienced amateurs may be familiar with but beginners and intermediates may have heard have but not understand completely. Things like the use of averted vision, "jiggling" the telescope to tease out details in faint objects. Dark Adaptation is discussed and it's importance, all invaluable lessons that every amateur astronomer should learn.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Repeat read value July 3, 2006
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This is an excellent book for anyone who lives in light polluted skies (OK, this includes EVERYONE EAST of the Mississippi river, and a good part of the rest of the civilized world).

Rod's approach and writing style, make this a good book for amateur astronomer's of all levels.

The first half of the book is filled with tips, and ideas, and how-to's that are worth the price of the book alone, all designed to help everyone get the most out of their skies no matter how much light pollution they have. Nothing will make the light pollution go away, so Rod's book is the perfect inspiration for those of us who feel like giving up when we look up and see so few stars from our urban or suburban locations.

The second half holds the key to making this an outstanding book for generations to come, because Rod goes into detail with personal observation's and descriptions about a large number of objects that those of us with "darkness-challenged" skies will still be able to enjoy. All of this gives Rod's book a very high repeat read value, since Rod covers objects for all seasons, and his Southern wit, charm, and humor combine to make this a 5 stars book.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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This is a work that has been long overdue. A book on urban astronomy that focuses soley on deep-sky objects, and practical recommendations for how to view them, equipment and techniques. A most comprehensive list, more than any other book of its kind. But by no means the only things that can be seen, there are more than in this book (as I have discovered). But by showing what you can see, you can try for more.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative & the Author's enthusiasm is inspiring January 28, 2008
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I live in the burbs and have a scope; I find that I only use it once or twice a year because I thought I had to take it out to the "country" for real dark skies. This book helped me break that cycle by explaining the approach & techniques for observing in the "imperfect" conditions in my own back yard.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Worthwhile Dispatch from Chaos Manor South June 4, 2016
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One of the great things about Rod Mollise is not only is he informative, he's also just fun to read. I've read his New CAT guide in print, his Used CAT guide online, and other pieces of his Astro Blog; "Uncle Rod" Mollise's voice brings a welcome light-heartedness to a field that has its share of pedants and snobs, and I for one am glad to find his work associated with the late Sir Patrick Moore's Practical Astronomy Series. In this book he tackles the misconception that urban astronomy is either disappointing or impossible due to persistent light pollution. If you live in an urban environment and want to try your hand at amateur astronomy but don't have the time to drive 200 miles out to a dark site, this book is for you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for city dewelers who are into astronomy January 20, 2008
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If you live in a city and have a telescope that you want to use in the city, then you must get this book. It has tons of suggestions on things you can do to make city observing better. If you haven't yet bought a telescope, and live in the city, you should read this book before buying one, as it has tips on the best telescopes for use in a city.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good book to read Before you buy a telescope! February 21, 2015
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Another one of Rod's very helpful books. Someone tell him to start writing a new one.
In addition to providing some very useful tips on getting the most out of a difficult urban viewing environment, he also makes some (what I would call "gutsy") opinions about telescope selection that are not universally agreed on by other experienced astronomers. I for one think Rod is Right!
I wish I had gotten this book before making at least one of my recent purchases. I would have made a few changes to my equipment. And yet again, I have come to the determination that Rod was Right again.
If you are considering getting a telescope for the first time, or getting back into the hobby after a long while (like myself), this book will be quite helpful.
Just buy the book, you will not regret it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Useful and worth having on the shelf.
I enjoyed this book and as someone else has said it is the sort of book to read again on cloudy nights or when stuck for ideas for what to look at tonight. Read more
Published 1 month ago by PhilE
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 10 months ago by Visanu Tuvayanon
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great book for city dwellers
Published 12 months ago by Bernie Venasse
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book
Published 14 months ago by Frank Palmisano
3.0 out of 5 stars A little bit dated, however....
An average book, best suited for beginners. I found much of the material a bit dated. Other than that, I can say it's a fair book for a fair price...
Published 17 months ago by The Historian
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Worthless for the binocular user.
Published 17 months ago by Pevs
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book for the light-polluted astronomer.
Published 20 months ago by Lowjiber
5.0 out of 5 stars good for beginning astronomers
arrived on time. product exactly as described. very satisfied. a very good guide for beginner astronomers.
Published on July 23, 2014 by k27
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring a Can Do Attitude for the City Dweller Amateur Astronomer
Uncle Rod has a way of creating a positive vibe that makes one want to observe the night sky even in a light-polluted area. Read more
Published on July 4, 2014 by Theodore W. Wong
1.0 out of 5 stars Do not buy this item, it has old information
This is a good book but many of the information on it is old, for example he talks about using film for astro imaging, who uses film anymore? Read more
Published on February 20, 2014 by Toronto teacher
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