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Patrick Moore's Astronomy: Teach Yourself Paperback – 26 Feb 2010

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Teach Yourself (26 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144410313X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444103137
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 290,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"I only had a passing interest in astronomy before I read this book. Patrick makes the first few steps into the world of astronomy as painless as possible. I couldn't put the book down, I finished it the same day and have been over it a couple of times since...." (- Amazon.co.uk Customer Review)

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Explore the night sky with Sir Patrick Moore and grasp the basics of this fascinating science.

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So you don't know what syzygy is, or what a nebula consists of, or where to find faculae, or maybe you have an interest in retrograde motion or planetary escape velocities. Before reading this book it sounded a bit too star trek for me and I used to hide from complex astronomical terms. But with the guidance that sir Patrick Moore provides in this fantastic manual it all becomes a bit more manageable. I don't purport to be well versed in the mysteries of the universe but now I have a rough idea where to point my telescope when looking for the various wonders in the sky. This book also promotes a more realistic expectation as to what we can hope to find with a scope costing a couple of hundred quid. I think most people imagine seeing the depths of the galaxy with a scope more suited to birdwatching and hence become disheartened and give up. But enough of my opinions what about the book?

Depending on your time constraints you can take the one or five minute introduction, which is a novel idea although I read the five minute intro in three minutes but lets not confuse things shall we !! Each chapter begins by optimistically telling you what you will learn, contained throughout are little "insight" boxes which are a fantastic source of interesting facts, you know the type of stuff to impress your friends with, even if you know little else! And helpfully provided at the end of each chapter is a bullet point revision page.

We get an adequate introduction to astronomy and the spinning sky followed by a brief history of skywatching. I enjoyed the chapter on telescopes which made me look at my own scope in a whole new light ..... mainly negative! Next we delve into space and have informative chapters on the sun, moon, planets and stars.
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Sir Patrick has, in this one book has explained, concepts that I had previously struggled to understand. It has now given me the thrust to learn more about a subject that has always fascinated me but never thought I would be able to grasp even the basics. Stripped back to the basics written in a language that is easy to understand with sufficient detail to provoke thought. What's out there? I now have the confidence to look skyward and find out. Thank you Sir Patrick.
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I am trying to learn about astronomy and saw this book and noted the reviews for it. I have to say that I have enjoyed it. It can be a little heavy in places if you are totally new to it all but Patrick tries to explain it in such as way that it doesn't feel like you will get lost at the end. What does (pardon the pun) shine through is his obvious love for the subject. He will be missed :(
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a very good book for a starter in astronomy very easy to understand and follow i would recommend this book to a new a new person in this hobby
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a very enjoyable read full of facts and figures with a large and helpfull amount of information to digest and absorb
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A truly great and detailed publication from on the great astronomers of our time. The late, great Patrick Moore brings the delights of the night sky to the general reader and enthusiast alike, in an accessible and fascinating book that will serve many for years to come.
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My son was so pleased with this wonderful book. He is a keen amateur astronomer, this book was recommended and didn't disappoint, written so well, packed with info, a real must to anyone interested in the subject.
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Before I read this book I knew next to nothing. This book was easy to read and understand and helped me to gain a good understanding. So good I actually managed to explain what I had learnt to young children.
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