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1,001 Celestial Wonders to See Before You Die: The Best Sky Objects for Star Gazers (The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series) [Paperback]

Michael E. Bakich
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23 July 2010 1441917764 978-1441917768 2010
1,001 Celestial Wonders is a guide to the night sky's brightest and most fascinating objects. Each target is accessible to amateur astronomers using medium-sized telescopes from a dark site. In fact, many are so bright they remain visible under moderate light pollution, as from the outskirts of a city or the suburbs of a town. The book provides a chronological target list, making it easy to use. No matter what night you choose, this book will show you many of the most memorable objects to observe, whether you are using a small telescope or even binoculars, or an instrument of larger aperture. This is far more than just a list of interesting objects. It is structured so that objects of various observing difficulty are included, which will help readers become better observers, both encouraging beginners and challenging long-time amateur astronomers. This book is designed to be easy-to-use at the telescope, and observers will appreciate each object's standardized layout and the book's chronological organization. Finally, many amateur astronomers function best when presented with a list! Even the Meade Autostar® controller features a 'best tonight' list (although the list is far less comprehensive and detailed than the catalog provided in this book), a feature that has proved extremely popular. 1,001 Celestial Wonders offers a life-list of objects any observer would be proud to complete.

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  • Paperback: 479 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2010 edition (23 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441917764
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441917768
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 17.3 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 912,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Astronomy writer/journalist Bakich … presents a ‘bucket list’ for astronomers--celestial wonders to observe before one ‘kicks the bucket.’ … this book so interesting … . The book is ideal for amateur observers from beginning to experienced. … For professional astronomers, especially those who may not have looked through a telescope for most of their careers, actually observing some of these gems can remind them why they got interested in astronomy in the first place. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All public and undergraduate libraries.” (R. R. Erickson, Choice, Vol. 48 (6), February, 2011)

“One thousand and one celestial wonders is a lot of objects to cover while maintaining your interest … . The book is, rather conveniently, laid out in month order so navigating through the many objects on offer should be a breeze. … a beginner looking for inspiration or a more advanced observer looking for new challenges, you’ll no doubt enjoy this book.” (Steve Richards, BBC Sky at Night Magazine, June, 2011)

“This is a splendid gazetteer aimed at the keen amateur astronomer, written by an author with many years of experience. … the guide would be very appropriate in a university collection where an observing programme is in place … . a handbook that ought to be included as part of the reading list for undergraduates so that they can view the real universe as well as learning those essential theoretical aspects of the subject. … an excellent guide that no observatory should be without.” (Sean Lawrence, Reference Reviews, Vol. 25 (6), 2011)

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Many deep-sky objects that can appear quite wonderful in photographs can be hard to observe in the telescope. This book is your guide to the more interesting nebulae, star clusters, and galaxies, objects that will bring gasps when you see them through a telescope. Author Michael E. Bakich shows you how to spot constellations you’ve heard of but haven’t been able to find. He gives you lists of bright deep-sky objects to target on clear nights. And he guides your search for the famous named splendors you’ve heard of — and perhaps seen a picture of — and would like to see through your own telescope. Bakich, an observer since he was in third grade, knows the sky better than most. In his current position as senior editor and also photo editor for the highly regarded Astronomy magazine, he has the technical expertise and finely honed communication skills to help you easily locate the best sites in the sky. His more than 250 astroimages help you identify the detail in these sky wonders. Bakich organizes his 1,001 objects according to their best viewing months, so anytime is a good time to pick up this book and start observing. As long as you know what month it is, just head for that chapter, set up your scope, and off you go!

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book for an experienced amateur 29 Sep 2013
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I am really enjoying using this book to plan out my observations rather than just take the telescope out and observe at random. I find it works well in conjunction with a monthly magazine which keeps you up to date on new occurrences. There are many new things I have not observed before included in the book as well as old favourites and I find it well written and well structured.

It was brought for me as a birthday present by my workmates in a call centre and I am forever being asked how many objects I have observed! So not only is it helping me with my interest but it is also encouraging lots of other people to find out a bit more about Astronomy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars amazon shortchanges e-edition 1 Aug 2010
By vivere - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Amazon removed all color from the e-edition, although it misleadingly shows color in the preview of the book.
Yes, I know, you cannot see color on the kindle, but you can see color using the kindle reader in iphone, ipad and PC.
The value of the ebook is diminished greatly. Shame!
I gave four stars because I do not want to punish the excellent content and pictures.
It is zero stars for the e edition.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book for stargazing planning! 24 Oct 2010
By Luis Miguel Cruz Santo - Published on Amazon.com
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The book provides a good description and insight of the 1001 objects it describes. It is organised by months which helps in doing some stargazing planning and viewing sequences. Some object summaries are short, but generaly go strait to the point, what makes it a great book to better know objects and their important features/characteristics. Nevertheless, I think the book misses important images - there are splendid named objects with no picture on the side, and as such I rank it 4/4.5
Clear Skies,
Luis
5.0 out of 5 stars thrilling guide! 30 Dec 2012
By Carol - Published on Amazon.com
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fantastic guide and well written. I saw an article he wrote in Astronomy magazine and found it to be so exciting I ordered the book. It arrived quickly and in perfect condition! I'll have it at my side when I'm am observing the sky with my telescope.
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