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Binocular Stargazing [Paperback]

Mike D. Reynolds

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Many people assume that amateur stargazers must invest hundreds or even thousands of pounds in equipment before they can enjoy the wonders of the night sky. The truth is, though, that all you need is a simple pair of binoculars. This handy, easy-to-follow guide explains how to observe everything from the moon to meteor showers with binoculars and provides safety tips for viewing eclipses. It also includes separate sections for winter, spring, summer, and fall that give advice on what to look for and how to optimise your viewing. Ideal for budding astronomers of all ages, this book is the perfect way to see the night sky through new eyes.

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3.0 out of 5 stars on this topic- its an ok book 5 May 2010
By Karlton - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is all theory! It is not the book you take with you, it is the book you read to decide what objects you want to hunt for. This book is your pre game, the star chart (NOT INCLUDED) with your highlighted points is your main event. At first I thought this book was useless, and it might be, but I bought it so I figured I better use it, and there is a good 50 pages worth of potentially useful information. In particular he lists things to look for and tell you their location. There is also a good description of the size and brightness of objects so you know what you are getting into. The other 150 pages are just filler information- for example there is a bit on how the eye works! Oh yeah, Its that awesome! (there is a nice bit on the moon though) On the scale of books, if a Five-Star was a book that hovered in the air, held the binoculars to my face and turned my head, and a One-Star was a book that kept spontaneously catching on fire - I guess this would be some where in-between.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A practical and useful book for the binocular stargazer 15 Feb 2013
By D. Carver - Published on Amazon.com
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I have both the Kindle and paperback editions of this book, and I give it credit for being the only Kindle book I could find on binocular stargazing! There is a lot of interesting "backstory" information on binocular design and evolution, how our eyes work for stargazing, and practical tips for working with binoculars. Makes for interesting reading, and includes stuff I've not seen in other astronomy books. The charts and graphics are easier to read in the paperback version, and I appreciated having all the binocular targets listed by season and constellation. Makes preparing an evening's "hit list" much easier.

The star charts are in circular frames, rather than rectangles, which I've not seen before and rather like. You don't "see" rectangles with binoculars, you "see" things in a circular frame, after all. The angular diameter of the circular frame is several times wider than a binocular field of view, to cover an entire constellation, for instance, but it still gives the feeling of looking through binoculars, rather than a "start chart."

The only "cons" I would list are the production values of the book. It's not as slick as some of the other books on this topic, which is too bad, because the graphics themselves are very informative. Their reproduction in the book does not do them justice -- some of them look like they were Xeroxed rather than being printed. This book has no color other than grey, and the printing of the graphics is uneven -- if you've ever made a Xerox copy of something very dark, you'll recognize the uneven banding of these prints. The graphics are still useful, but the do not support the excellent writing as well as they should. A book with this much experience in it should have graphics that celebrate the author's words more fully.

This is a book I will be using over and over, and I think it's a good addition to anyone's astronomy library.
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Great Information! 16 Sep 2013
By Pam - Published on Amazon.com
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This book tells you all about binoculars - how they are made, different types, which ones are good for astronomy, and the benefits and joys of using binoculars for star gazing. It has information on lunar and solar observing, information on stars, and discusses objects that you can target during each season of the year. The book is illustrated with diagrams and pictures. The back of the book contains appendices that include the Messier objects, observing programs, and examples of how to keep logs, to name a few. This is a well thought-out book that is enjoyable to read and has lots of information. Take advantage of the "Look Inside!" feature!
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book 29 April 2013
By Angela Snow - Published on Amazon.com
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What a nice book. It was perfect. There was absolutely nothing wrong with this book. It came on time. It came sooner than i expected.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good info for the money 8 Mar 2013
By madmax - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is very informative and easy to read. It keeps things simple, so the average person can follow and enjoy. I was very pleased with it and would recommend it to others interested in stargazing.
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