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Nightwatch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe [Hardcover-spiral]

Terence Dickinson
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Book Description

12 Sep 2006
This is the fifth edition of this established introduction to astronomy, but the first edition with UK specific content. With more than 275,000 copies in print since its initial publication, Nightwatch has become the standard reference guide to stargazers around the world. Terence Dickinson covers all the problems beginners face, starting with the fact that the night sky does not look the way a modern-city dweller expects. He discusses light pollution, how to choose binoculars and telescopes, how to pronouce the names of stars and constellations, telescope mounts, averted vision and why the Harvest Moon looks especially bright. Most of the photographs are taken by amatuers, which gives the section on astrophotography a particularly inspirational gleam. The deep-sky star charts are incredibly comprehensive and all the tables of dates and times of future solar and lunar eclipses, planetary conjunctions and planet locations have been updated through to the year 2018. 'One of the best handbooks for the wannabe astronomer'. Dr. Tim O'Brien, senior lecturer in astrophysics at Jodrell Bank Observatory.
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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  • Hardcover-spiral: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books; 4 Spi Rev edition (12 Sep 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155407147X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554071470
  • Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 28.3 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 902,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Nightwatch... is well deserving of its fine reputation as an
internationally respected reference guide.' -- The Good Book Guide, October 2006

'The enthusiasm and knowledge of the author is apparent as he
gives sensible and thorough advice... It is among the best introductions to
amateur astronomy I have seen and the book that I wish someone had given me
when I started skywatching.' -- Astronomy Now, May 2007

'This book covers almost everything you need to know about the
observable Universe... Thoroughly enjoyable.' -- Sky At Night, May 2007

'Well deserving of its fine reputation as an internationally
respected reference guide.' -- The Good Book Guide, October 2006 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Terence Dickinson is one of the world's leading astronomers and the author of 14 award-winning astronomy books, and editor of Sky News magazine. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best beginners book 10 Mar 2007
By Eur0p1
Interested in astronomy? Thinking of buying a telescope? Please buy this book first. It will tell you everything you need to know about the different types of telescopes and all the different accessories including eyepieces and mounts. It is very easy to waste your money buying the wrong type. This book is one of the most comprehensive guides available. In my opinion it is THE guide. As well as being an equipment guide is also an excellent introduction to actual observing.
After you buy your telescope have a look at Turn Left at Orion.
These two books are the ones recommended most often to beginners on astronomy forums.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
"Nightwatch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe" is an excellent accompaniment to complement to Terence Dickinson's other book (co-authored with Alan Dyer) on popular astronomy, "The Backyard Astronomer's Guide". "Nightwatch" concentrates more on observing techniques, and includes useful charts covering both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. I particularly like Dickinson's annotated star charts which show at a glance the most interesting celestial objects within a given constellation with useful data and personalized comments. The general level of discussion and easy narrative style is aimed at the practising amateur astronomer, and the high quality paper in a spiral bound hard-cover book format makes it very convenient for use whilst observing outside. The thirteen chapters cover an amazing spread of topics, from the large-scale structure of the Cosmos, through deep-sky objects, the Planets, Sun and Moon, to comets, meteors and auroras. For completeness, a chapter is dedicated to stargazing equipment, but this is covered in much more detail in the Backyard Astronomer's Guide. Overall, the book is to be highly recommended for both novice and experienced astronomers alike.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I have had this book for some 3 weeks now. I am still find it amazing. I first came across this book when on holiday in Oz. A receptionist had it on display, amongst other stargazing books. She did demonstrations for hotel visitors and gave a fasinating talk, and view through a telescope of the stars. I am thinking of buying another one, for my mother. The book is well written and not much maths in it, (thank goodness). It is very easy to understand and, at the same time, causes your brain to 'stretch' as you try to conceptualise the vastness of it all. Brilliant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent purchase 23 Feb 2011
By Cimmie
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I bought this as a gift for a friend who had just taken up astronomy and wanted something to use as a guide to the night sky. This is perfect. Easy to understand, superb illustrations, and much easier to use than most other, similar books. In fact, I canot think of anything that would improve it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended 12 Jun 2010
It's already been said in other reviews, so I won't go on about it too much.
Just buy the book, it has everything you'll need to hook your interest; fantastic photos and easily readable - a brilliant introduction to astronomy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as described - top purchase 17 Jun 2012
By Eddie W
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Great book! Perfect for beginners and experts alike. All I need now are some cloud free evenings and a few spare hours.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must buy 17 April 2012
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This is the best introduction to astronomy book that I have bought. It is well written and beautifully illustrated. And as usual with Amazon a great price. if you are new to this hobby you must buy this book. Wonderful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great present for retirement hobby!
Bought this for my brother who's approaching a 'big' birthday so haven't used it yet. Lovely present - well designed and attractive and love the spiral binding so you can use it... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Valerie Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant book
I bought this book as a present for someone who wanted to know more about astronomy. I have been told that it is an excellent book and has increased their interest.
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Not much given to writing reviews; but I can spare a few moments for this particular book.
My Telescope is set up and racing to ambient , the sky look's promising...... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clear skies!
The book is wide-ranging and well presented. Apart from the detailed star maps there are the seasonal sky charts and a host of practical advice on choosing and using telescopes. Read more
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