- Series: The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series
- Paperback: 265 pages
- Publisher: Springer; 2003 edition (September 12, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1852337079
- ISBN-13: 978-1852337070
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.6 x 9.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,261,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Visual Astronomy in the Suburbs: A Guide to Spectacular Viewing (Patrick Moore's Practical Astronomy Series) 2003rd Edition
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From the reviews:
"This book is clear, well laid out … and is divided into sections on equipment, techniques for seeing and results of actual observations and captured images. … It is good in what it sets out to do … ." (David Fox, Astronomy & Space, May, 2005)
"In a series of ten chapters, the author describes how the Moon, planets and deep sky objects can be observed in real time by using a telescope equipped with auxiliary equipment designed to counteract the deleterious effects of light pollution. As the many excellent images in the book attest, it is now possible to enjoy the thrills of deep space exploration from the comfort of your urban backyard … . This book is a must buy for the city astronomer." (Neil English, Astronomy Now, May, 2004)
"Visual Astronomy in the Suburbs is aimed squarely at today’s observer who is often confined to the rosy glow of city living. It is a comprehensive guide to getting the most out of your evenings under the stars. The book is dedicated purely to ‘real time’ observing. … is a fantastic companion to a good star atlas and should be considered an essential for today’s amateur who has to endure light pollution. … Buy the book and take your observing to the next level." (Cameron Jack, Southern Stars, Vol. 43 (1), March, 2004)
"Because the whole gamut of observing is so huge, the author has restricted the content to ‘live’ visual observing only, and expressly visual observing from a typical light polluted suburban environment. … The author has very definite ideas about these subjects, and these are expressed clearly throughout. … this distinctive book remains full of great ideas and insight relevant to visual observers who are keen to use a bit of technology in support of their hobby/obsession, for observers at all locations." (Roger Feasey, AAS - Auckland Astronomical Society Journal, April, 2004)
"Every backyard skygazer cherishes skies so dark they look deep, deep gray due to unresolved, faint starlight. But the reality for most of us is a suburban site full of compromises. California amateur astronomer Anthony Cooke has written a valuable book that accepts these limitations and shows how you can explore the heavens from home." (www.Astronomy.com, August, 2004)
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Top Customer Reviews
Much space is devoted to examinations of sketching techniques and live video with a large section devoted to a sort of grab bag of lunar and planetary features. These expansions have nothing to do with the purported subject of this book and are in any case much better addressed in the many excellent books devoted to those specific subjects.
In the deep sky sections the many drawings and video captures are virtually all illustrate the view to be had through use of an image intensifier, rendering them less than useful for a typical visual urban observer not using such costly devices.
In sum, this book probably represents the best text available concerning the capabilities of image intensifier use on large aperture telescopes--but communicates little of value to the urban/suburban observer otherwise.
Cooke offers many solutions, and image intensifiers and huge scopes are certainly not the only ones, as I have read in more than one place! He merely tries to explore every possibility at these locations, so it baffles me that one reader was not more open to the various ideas, Cooke presents. Plus, there are also loads of illustrations. I particularly liked the catalogs of potential deep space objects for miserable skies.
Highly recommended, this book is probably already a classic to those who have it; essential reading for every suburban astronomer.
I am finding the Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy books to be practically useless,sad to say.
Save your money .
than the futile task of trying to persuade the rest of the world to turn down the
lights! The author makes a valiant effort to cover as many bases as possible, and
there's something for everyone in this book. Everything from equipment and
accessories to practical observing are tackled; it is clear some things remain
unaffected, while others have become virtually impossible without some of the more
radical solutions the author describes. The illustrations are also particularly
appropriate in providing visual clues for a wide range of equipment possibilities.