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Burnham's Celestial Handbook, Volume One: An Observer's Guide to the Universe Beyond the Solar System: 1 (Dover Books on Astronomy)
 
 

Burnham's Celestial Handbook, Volume One: An Observer's Guide to the Universe Beyond the Solar System: 1 (Dover Books on Astronomy) [Kindle Edition]

Robert Burnham
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Volume I of this comprehensive three-part guide to the thousands of celestial objects outside our solar system ranges from Andromeda through Cetus. Objects are grouped according to constellation, and their definitions feature names, coordinates, classifications, and physical descriptions. Additional notes offer fascinating historical information. Hundreds of visual aids. 1977 edition.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 23792 KB
  • Print Length: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; Illustrated, Enlarge and Revised edition (15 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BX1DP5M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Books...... 3 July 1999
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Format:Paperback
Burnham is a "given" among amateur astronomers. Until quite recently there was no work other than this that contained so much useful information in one place. It's also much more than just a reference. Despite his twenty years at Lowell Observatory, Burnham seems to have remained an "amateur" in the highest sense. His love of the night sky is plainly communicated not only in his entertaining digressions into myth and poetry but also by the obvious effort he put in before the days of PC's and word processors. I began by using these books to get information on objects I already had in mind, but very quickly, the inconspicuous and the usually overlooked began to take on a "real identity" when Burnham spoke about them. The sky became immeasurably richer. Burnham died destitute in 1993. I'm in his debt. He's that wise and experienced friend standing at my side sharing what he knows.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Introduction on Astronomy Fundamentals 11 April 1999
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Format:Paperback
I was impressed with these books (set of 3 volumes) the very first time I saw them.
The introduction in the first book brings a beginner up to speed on what is really happening 'out there'. For beginners and seasoned amateurs alike, it helps you to appreciate the objects in the universe, their sizes, the scale of the universe, and our place in it. They help a person to answer the question, "What do I look for?". The long introduction is both a fine tutorial, and a great review, to help one get and keep 'the big picture' in mind.
The books inculde a massive amount of detailed information on objects in every constellation. They earn their own way to a place in my library.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential information for the amateur 20 Jan 1999
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Format:Paperback
This series of three books contain the most precise information in a usable form for the amateur that I have seen. A classic series that would be almost impossible to duplicate. Although limited to 1950 co-ordinates for celestial objects this does not detract from the usability of the information contained within the pages. Clearly and consisely written, with background information as well as clear descriptions of the objects listed. The books could have constellation maps, but since I use them with a star atlas this would be a luxury.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I found this and the other two volumes of the 3-volume set to be chock-full of useful information about astronomy in general, especially the intro sections of volume one. Throughout the volumes each constellation is descibed in detail and with the amatuer astronomer using a small scope in mind. But...the index to all three volumes is in volume 3, while the table definitions are in volume 1 only. And all celestrial locations are based on the 1950 epoch. So it's use as a star-locator is limited, and is not for field use, IMO. Hence the low score. But the celestrial descriptions alone make this required reading for amatuer astronomer's... Just make sure you get all three volumes!!
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