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Philip's Astronomy Starter Pack [Paperback]

Ian Ridpath , Wil Tirion
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Book Description

7 Nov 2011
Philip's Astronomy Starter Pack is an exciting new starter pack suitable for use in the Northern Hemisphere, containing three essential items to introduce the beginner to the fascinating hobby of astronomy:Philip's Glow-in-the-Dark Planisphere: This brand-new planisphere has been specially made so that, after being held under a bright light, the stars and the names and shapes of the constellations will glow in the dark for a period. It is both a fun and practical starfinder for identifying the stars and constellations visible on any night of the year from the UK, Northern Europe, Northern USA and Canada (51.5 degrees North); the star map is drawn by the well-known celestial cartographer Wil Tirion. A sheet explaining how to use the planisphere is included in the pack.Philip's Exploring Stars and Planets: A colourful and entertaining introduction to the exciting world of astronomy, this 80-page paperback is illustrated with more than 200 colour photographs, artworks and maps, as the author Ian Ridpath describes the latest developments in the fast-moving fields of space exploration and astronomy. Concise chapters introduce the Sun, the Earth and all the other planets in our Solar System. Then, moving further into space, the author examines the stars and galaxies, and explores the origin of the Universe.Philip's Solar System Poster: A large attractive folded wall chart (580 x 870mm) illustrating the planets and other bodies in the Solar System, with informative text and tables by Ian Ridpath.

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  • Paperback: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Philip's (7 Nov 2011)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 184907187X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849071871
  • Product Dimensions: 29.6 x 29.2 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Many of today's amateur stargazers learned their way around the night sky with the observing guides of Ian Ridpath. Among these are The Monthly Sky Guide, now in its 9th edition; the Collins Stars and Planets Guide (known in the US as the Princeton Field Guide to Stars and Planets), now in its 4th edition; and Collins Gem Stars. All these have been continuously in print for over 25 years. A particular interest of Ian's is the Greek and Roman myths of the constellations, which he wrote about in his book Star Tales.

Ian is editor of the authoritative Oxford Dictionary of Astronomy and the last three editions of Norton's Star Atlas, the longest-established star atlas in the world and reputedly the best-known. He is a major contributor to the Dorling Kindersley encyclopedia Universe, and is author of Dorling Kindersley's Eyewitness Companion to Astronomy. In 2012 he won the Astronomical Society of the Pacific's Klumpke-Roberts Award for "outstanding contributions to the public understanding and appreciation of astronomy", the most prestigious award of its kind.

He is also a leading UFO skeptic and is well-known for his investigation and explanation of Britain's leading UFO case, the Rendlesham Forest Incident.

For more about Ian Ridpath, see his personal website
and his entry in Wikipedia

Support pages for Ian Ridpath's books in print can be found here

For talks by Ian Ridpath see

Read Ian Ridpath's author blog

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Book Description

An essential starter pack for newcomers to astronomy and stargazing, suitable for use in the Northern Hemisphere. Features the new Philip's 51.5 degrees North planisphere that 'glows in the dark' - a practical and fun starfinder for identifying the stars and constellations. Includes the 80-page paperback Philip's Exploring Stars and Planets - a stimulating introduction to astronomy, full of fascinating facts and figures about the Universe, written by Ian Ridpath. Plus an attractive folded wall poster illustrating the planets and other bodies in the Solar System, with informative text and tables.

About the Author

Ian Ridpath is a full-time writer, broadcaster and lecturer on astronomy. He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and a member of the Association of British Science Writers. A former editor of Popular Astronomy, he is a regular contributor to Astronomy Now. Ian Ridpath's many books include Collins Guide to Stars and Planets, Gem Stars and The Monthly Sky Guide. He is also the editor of the highly respected Norton's Star Atlas - a must-have publication for most practical astronomers - and the Oxford Dictionary of Astronomy.

Wil Tirion, who lives in the Netherlands, is the most highly regarded cartographer of celestial maps and charts in the world today.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars comprehensive 31 Aug 2012
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This pack is great. I bought it for geeky boyfriend and was a bit worried it might be too simple - it is in places, which suits me! But it's great as the star charts and planisphere are complicated enough to soothe even his geeky nature. Would suit children too (or me!) as the poster and planet by planet info is easy to understand and informative. I would say that this is a really good all rounder for everyone to take something from.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners 23 April 2014
By GCmusic
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The only negative I have with this item is that the book does tend to repeat itself a few times. I felt like i read the same thing more than once. I would say its written more with children in mind to a point, but I did find it informative and would recommend it for a beginner. The included Planisphere is excellent. I had an older Planisphere which I liked but this is bigger and glows in the dark (useful!).
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5.0 out of 5 stars want a starter pack 14 May 2014
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I am a beginner in astronomy and was looking for some thing to help me find "THINGS UP THERE" LOL. Well this package did not disappoint. The planisphere is absolutely brilliant, am out on a night pinpointing where the stars are in the night sky. Its truelly amazing what you can see when someone helps with you where to look.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value 14 Oct 2013
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If you plan to buy a planisphere, then get this.
If you don't need the poster and book then give them to a younger member of the family or the local school.
It may be the spark that triggers the 'Patrick Moore' of 20-30 years time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Astronomy Starter Pack 19 July 2013
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This is extremely good value and just what my granddaughter needed to start on her telescope. I would recommend for all ages.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Astronomy Starter Pack 25 May 2013
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Very Good. Does just what it says on the tin! Excellent for serious starters in Astronomy and experienced amateurs alike.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bought as present 11 Mar 2013
By Nicola
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A great introduction to astronomy for beginners, giving an informative and easy to understand guide to our universe. Could include more.
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