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Nightwatch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe Hardcover-spiral – 12 Sep 2006


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  • Hardcover-spiral: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books; 4 Spi Rev edition (12 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155407147X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554071470
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 2.2 x 27.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 849,894 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 By Eur0p1 on 10 Mar. 2007
Format: Hardcover
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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ganymede on 6 May 2009
Format: Hardcover
"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 By H. E. Bell on 13 April 2009
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. EVANS on 17 April 2012
Format: Hardcover
Just bought a telescope and this book has excellent overview and more detailed maps for navigating around the night sky, as well as lots of good information relating to telescopes and the solar system. Would recommend for those new to astronomy. Also bought Turn Right at Orion which has more detailed information about finding particular targets. These two books work well together.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cimmie on 23 Feb. 2011
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. A. Langley on 12 Jun. 2010
Format: Hardcover
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 By JC on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. D. Toon on 19 Oct. 2011
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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......
No prizes for guessing I'm into Astronomy.
If you are at all interested in the night sky, maybe fancy trying to identify
that red and green sparkle on the horizon, or that curious formation of
stars.. 5,6 or is it 7? that are rising into the sky just as you take the dog out
for his last walk. Then BUY THIS BOOK!!! . Thats all I've got to say really;
Clear Sky's to All
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