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A View of the Universe Hardcover – November 26, 1993
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"...an accessible, thought-provoking text accompanies a colorful panorama of the night sky, from star clusters and whole galaxies to a host of astronomical phenomena, captured by the world's most sophisticated telescopes." Forecast
"As an account of the technical problems of photographing stars, nebulae and galaxies, the book fascinates but, as well as brain food, it also provides a gourmet feast of images, as Malin takes the reader on a tour through the Universe. The collection of photographs includes 60 hitherto unpublished images." New Scientist
"A very colorful volume filled with spectacular views of celestial objects....Truly appropriate for anyone with an avid interest in celestial photography." A.R. Upgren, Choice
"...combines the hard science behind photography with the artist's eye to produce many of the most stunning photographs of the universe...gives the reader an overview of our current knowledge of the universe. Chapters delve into the nature of stars, interstellar dust, nebulae of all sorts, star clusters, galaxies, and clusters of galaxies...a book for all sorts of audiences." Robert Bunge, Astronomy
"...introduces the Milky Way and other spiral galaxies, the idea of magnitude, star nomenclature, and in-depth discussions of nebula, star formation, and supernovas, illustrated with marvelously clear and colorful photographs....highly recommended as a gift or reference." Internet
"Astronomical photographer Malin provides a strong collection of photos supplemented by a written description of each picture....should appeal to both college-level novices and those already versed in the subject." The Bookwatch
"Take a captivating topic, e.g. the stars...Blend a generous portion of color photographs with a measure of extractive technology. Knead in appropriate science terminology; explain as needed. Add human interest vignettes. Season liberally with a personal sense of wonder and awe. Top off with a useful annotated bibliography. Result: an epicurean delight. Try it; you'll like it." D.E. Zabel, The Reading Lamp Book Review
"...a joy to have and an inspiration for all amateur astrophotographers." H. J. P. Arnold, Sky & Telescope
" ...It can probably be said that this book contains the best collection of color astrophotographs ever published in one book, taken by the world's foremost astrophotographer....the text is very informative as well as entertaining and easy to read..a book all of us should treat ourselves to." to." Ben Gendre, Stardust
"The beautiful images in this lucidly written book convey effectively the unique role that photography has played in the scientific exploration of the small luminous fraction of the universe...[T]his book is the culmination of more than a century of astronomical photography, and the photographs may be the last of their kind....[T]he scope and rich detail of its photographs, and the technical skill of the author...will make this book a classic." Gerald Cecil, American Scientist
A lavishly illustrated exploration of the universe for all those who have gazed upon the night sky with awe. This is the finest collection of colour photographs of nebulae, star clusters, galaxies and clusters of galaxies ever assembled. David Malin, the foremost astronomical photographer in the world, weaves a lucid and highly informative description of each picture into a well-rounded view of our colourful Universe. This book will appeal to all intrigued by the night sky as well as professional astronomers and photographers.
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The photos themselves seem to have been reduced in color saturation and quality as well. Postcard paper is not the same as a fine bound book. All in all, worth having, handy size if you want astrophotography for your back pocket sometime, but definitely not what the reviews you'll read here are talking about.
Many used copies at fair prices but beware- I had to order three of these books before I got a complete copy- people cut pages and pictures out of this book.
The book contains 66 B/W-photos and 149 colour photos (20 colour photos full page). Reproduction quality is good, as befits a book by a photographer. Only a side-by-side comparison with the coffee-table sized book "Magnificent Universe" by Ken Crosswell shows that in that book the photos are even better reproduced, although not by too big a margin. The paper quality is good (nice, thick paper). The book is well bound. Compared to "Magnificent Universe" I like the text more. This book is highly recommended.