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Binocular Astronomy [Hardcover]

Craig Crossen , Wil Tirion
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  • Hardcover: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Willmann-Bell; 2 edition (30 Jun 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0943396883
  • ISBN-13: 978-0943396880
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 418,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars best one to get 4 Dec 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I love binocular astronomy. This is the best book to get on the subject. It's the second edition, though the first is just as good. (in fact I like the cover of the first edition even more). Good descriptions of everything.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is much better than the title would indicate. 29 Mar 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I'm not a huge fan of binocular astronomy, but I bought this to learn more about it. I'm still not a huge fan of binocular astronomy--but this book has added very considerably to my telescope-based observing. The reason is that many of the targets discussed (beautifully) in this book are tough for binoculars esp. in suburban skies such as mine, but are easy and extremely rewarding through a small telescope (e.g. my 5 inch reflector). Yet these very rewarding objects are largely omitted from telescope gudebooks (perhaps since they're too easy!). Thus, this book provides a huge collection of great targets for a small scope. And it is far more than a mere list (though convenient lists are provided). The astronomical and astrophysical context of the objects described is provided very nicely--but learning this is optional, so the user of this book can create the desired balance between "theory" and pretty observations. There are only a few things I don't like about the book--no index (but the organizatin and table of contents are excellent, so essentially make up for this), no discussion of the moon, which is a great binocular object, and nothing about sketching your observations. Nevertheless it is a tour de force, filled with great information, organized well, and with very high production quality. I would strongly recommend this to all amateurs with telescopes (and maybe binoculars,too!).
49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Guide For Binocular Astronomers 19 Jan 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
If you're serious about binocular astronomy you'll want to get this book and probably Harrington's Touring the Universe Through Binoculars too (see my review of that book too). You may want to consider buying this book directly from Willman-Bell, since Amazon claims a 4-6 week wait time. Binocular Astronomy gives a good narrative account of the best binocular sights in the sky, well illustrated with beautiful black and white photos and excellent sky maps. In fact, the book contains the entire Tirion Bright Star Atlas, which sells for around $11 itself. One can easily photocopy that (oops, I hope that's not a copyright violation) and take it with him/her observing. Coupling these objects' descriptions with a sky map just makes it easier to find them.
Binocular Astronomy excels in its organization of the constellations by seasons (as opposed to alphabetically), choosing to discuss a limited number of objects (but discussing them thoroughly), including key statistics (magnitude, stellar type, distance, etc.) without overdoing it. The book is also hardbound and printed on thick durable paper, another plus.
Owning Binocular Astronomy is like having an experienced buddy, helping point you towards all the interesting things in our sky.
All in all, an incredible value.
29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic for Amateurs 8 Jan 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This high quality and well written book will certainly join Burnhams three volume set as a long term classic, for those wanting to explore the sky with binocs. The numerous drawings and charts are priceless in locating interesting objects. It's a pity this excellent book is listed as "buy it used" by Amazon, with none shown as available used, since mine arrived spanking new in three days from Richmond to Maine via UPS in a highly professionally wrapped box for only a... handling fee and zero shipping charges from Willman-Bell the publisher. The inclusion of the outstanding Tirion Star Atlas is a huge plus, highly useful with only the naked eye, as well as with binocs and small telescopes. A Best Buy for anyones library. When you or the children in the family are ready to go beyond Rey's priceless "The Stars-A New Way to See Them", this book should come next.
25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book 14 Jun 2000
By Erhan A. Ozturk - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book is INCREDIBLE. It covers many deep sky objects for binoculars and also increases your understanding of our galaxy. The writer does not only explain deep sky objects for binoculars by season but also explains why some kinds of objects are very dense at some constellations and rare at some other part of sky. Also this book explains what actually happens in the objects that we look. Also this book includes Bright Star Atlas. So you don't need any other atlas to follow the book. This book is for both beginners and intermediate level observers.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unapproved 2nd edition 13 Jan 2010
By urban astronomer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This 2nd edition was edited and published without the consent of the original author (Crossen), because of a dispute with the publisher over an unrelated work published elsewhere. According to Crossen, the updates were sloppy added with other parts altered, in any case done without the author's consent.

If you plan to buy this book, get the original first edition.
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