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  • Paperback: 166 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (25 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521645379
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521645379
  • ASIN: 0521741289
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 1.1 x 29.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 408,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'… written by an outstanding observer, [this book] can only be greatly recommended to all who ask themselves, for instance, how to observe easily and without ambiguities some marvels of the solar system.' Ciel et Terre

'Don't consider the low page count: this is a large-format book that is excellent value and I would recommend this book to all beginning observers.' David Arditti, Astronomy Now

'Stephen James O'Meara's book … is testament to one man's affliction with the shapes and colours that continually transcend the velvet backdrop of space. Through his passion, the book draws the reader into an ever changing, lively night time display.' Mark Mortimer, Universe Today

'O'Meara, a popular and knowledgeable author renowned for his skills of observation, has succeeded in producing a comprehensive beginner's guide to viewing the Sun, Moon and planets using binoculars … The text is split into easily navigated object/phenomena sections and is copiously illustrated … I wasn't aware of some of the observational techniques described, including the conscious deployment of short spells of 'daydreaming' to be able to locate Venus (and other objects) in the daytime! So, inexperienced and experienced observers alike will learn much from this book, and I will doubtless consult it myself from time to time.' Popular Astronomy

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Stephen James O'Meara shows readers how to observe our Solar System's wonders with ease and clarity, using nothing more than the unaided eye and inexpensive, handheld binoculars. This unique observing guide for amateur astronomers covers lunar and solar eclipses, sunspots, the Moon's craters, the planets, meteors, comets, and more.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Allan on 7 July 2010
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Excellent book, which I am enjoying at the moment. Well laid out and very informative. Good for beginners and for the mature astronomers like myself who enjoys the hobby casually.
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More Like a Textbook 3 Aug 2010
By bobtheg - Published on Amazon.com
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The title claims to be a beginners guide, but this is way more advanced for most neophytes. It reads like a textbook for an astronomy class. It's definitely not a guide to take out into the field. Don't get me wrong, if you want really detailed info on the sun,moon or planets, it's in there, but at a college level, NOT at a beginners' level.
Nice Reference...Easy Reading...Light on Binos, Though 18 Jan 2013
By Jim Schmidt - Published on Amazon.com
Really good book. Nicely illustrated with photographs and drawings. Even if you are not interested in astronomy with binoculars or small telescopes, this book would make a nice introduction and reference to the solar system, including the sun, moon, planets, comets, meeors, etc. The narrative is lively and includes a lot of history and references to mythology which I found interesting. While there are references to what you can expect to see with binoculars, it actually represented a small part of each chpaer, I feel. His personal experiences of rare sights of planets, etc., with the unaided eye from the heights of Hawaii were interesting but not practical. The part of the book that held the most promise ended up being the most disappointing: figures of the moon with the features one can see at its various phases would have been exceptional, but the notations on the pictures were SO SMALL I coul dbarely read them. Nice reference but light on practical advice for binocular astronomy and not suitable as a field guide.
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