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The Amateur Astronomer (The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series) [Kindle Edition]

Patrick Moore

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Book Description

This 2000 Edition of Sir Patrick Moore’s classic book has been completely revised in the light of changes in technology. Not only do these changes include commercially available astronomical telescopes and software, but also what we know and understand about the universe. There are many new photographs and illustrations. Writing in the easy-going style that made him famous as a writer and broadcaster, Sir Patrick introduced astronomy and amateur observing together, so that his reader gets an idea of what he is observing at the same time as how to observe. Almost half the book is Appendices. These are hugely comprehensive and provide hints and tips, as well as data (year 2000 onwards) for pretty well every aspect of amateur astronomy. This is probably the only book in which all this information is collected in one place.

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From the reviews of the twelfth edition:

"The Amateur Astronomer is aimed at both novice and experienced amateur, although evidently biased towards the former. … should be mandatory reading for anyone thinking of buying a first telescope. … We find here useful statistical data, cartographies, catalogues, and notes relevant to the owners of small to medium telescopes. … Now approaching 50 years old … this 12th edition continues the book’s long tradition of providing an invaluable handbook for those requiring a broad introduction to amateur astronomy. A classic; absolutely recommended." (Steve Ringwood, Astronomy Now, June 2005)

"Classic text that covers the basics of all the major areas of astronomical observing, from lunar and planetary studies to observing and measuring double and variable stars. The high-quality black & white illustrations and images in this book bring together the old and the new in a way that is refreshingly different. … This highly recommended book will have pride of place on my bookshelf and I will continue to dip in and out of it for many years to come." (Neil English, Astronomy and Space, January, 2007)

From the Back Cover

Sir Patrick Moore, CBE, FRS is without a doubt the world’s most widely known and respected of broadcasters on astronomy. His BBC-TV program, The Sky at Night, remains the longest-running TV program in the history of broadcasting.

For more than three decades The Amateur Astronomer has inspired generations of amateur astronomers. Almost uniquely, Patrick Moore has written a book that is useful to astronomers at all levels, from beginner to expert.

Appendices – completely updated in this new edition – provide extensive star, lunar and planetary maps, along with a vast amount of data and information that makes this book an essential for every amateur astronomer’s library.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4992 KB
  • Print Length: 311 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1852338784
  • Publisher: Springer London; 12 edition (31 July 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000WBOT6I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,053,427 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Sir Patrick Moore is the world's best-known living astronomer. He has presented the BBC's 'Sky at Night' programme since 1957 and written over 60 books. Recognised by the scientific community as one of the greatest authorities in the field, he was awarded the OBE in 1968. In 2001 he received a Knighthood, won a BAFTA for his services to television and became a member of the celebrated Royal Society. He lives in Selsey, Sussex.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Still THE book or the beginning amateur astronomer 7 Aug. 2010
By Rodney F. Mollise - Published on
Sir Patrick Moore's calm, elegant, and erudite prose is still doing a wonderful job of initiating newbies into amateur astronomy six decades after it was first published. If you are interested in amateur astronomy, or think you might be, _you want this_.
5.0 out of 5 stars Sound introduction to Astronomy 7 Aug. 2014
By Greg - Published on
In this short work Patrick Moore, the famous (now deceased) British astronomer, gives a useful introduction to Astronomy. He explains the elements of astronomy, useful objects to view, optical instruments such as binoculars and telescopes, and in this edition, he also covers computerised astronomy.

Moore had the rare gift of being able to combine the talent of a good scientist (even if an amateur one) with a clear, crisp writing style. His ability to explain Astronomy has been a wonderful gift to many generations of astronomers, both professional and amateur.

This book, while now a bit dated (especially in the parts involving computers and CCD devices) it is still an excellent introduction and will be for some years to come.
5.0 out of 5 stars Best first book on astronomy 21 Sept. 2013
By powernerd - Published on
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I first read this book almost 40 years ago. When I got back into amateur astronomy I bought this again on my kindle. Just as good and nicely updated.
7 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Planetary introduction to Astronomy. 5 Aug. 1998
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Although this book is easy to understand, its lack of color pictures and dry writing style makes it rather dull reading. There are better books on the market.
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