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Philip's Guide to the Night Sky: A guided tour of the stars and constellations [Paperback]

Sir Patrick Moore
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11 Mar 2005 Philip's Guide to...
A completely revised and redesigned new edition of this popular introduction to the night sky. In his characteristically entertaining and informative style, Sir Patrick introduces the wonders of the night sky to absolute beginners. The Moon, the planets, the Sun and the stars are explained in non-technical language, and then the constellations are introduced, with the help of star maps and tables.The four main chapters in the Philip's Guide to the Night Sky are devoted to what's on view in each season of the year. The information is appropriate for observers in Britain and Ireland, northern Europe, northern United States and Canada; it will also be helpful a little outside these latitudes. Using prominent patterns, such as the Plough and Orion, Sir Patrick teaches the reader to 'star-hop' from constellation to constellation, thus learning to navigate the night sky. Star maps and photographs illustrate and clarify what will be on view.Philip's Guide to the Night Sky is an ideal introduction to stargazing, suitable for all ages and with no need for anything more technical than the naked eye.Main map scale:

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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Philip's (11 Mar 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0540087017
  • ISBN-13: 978-0540087013
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.6 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sir Patrick Moore is the world's best-known living astronomer. He has presented the BBC's 'Sky at Night' programme since 1957 and written over 60 books. Recognised by the scientific community as one of the greatest authorities in the field, he was awarded the OBE in 1968. In 2001 he received a Knighthood, won a BAFTA for his services to television and became a member of the celebrated Royal Society. He lives in Selsey, Sussex.

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A completely revised and redesigned new edition of this popular introduction to the night sky.

About the Author

Author of over 60 books and presenter of the longest-running television series, The Sky at Night. Sir Patrick is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and Life Vice President of the British Astronomical Society.

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126 of 129 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must buy 9 Nov 2008
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I would definitely recommend this book to a novice astronomer. It explains in simple terms what you're looking at in the sky, and how to find the most famous star constellations. I discovered a lot of things that I had no idea existed. It even gives advice on what telescope to buy, which is a big help if you're looking to buy a telescope for the first time.

A plain and simple guide to the stars in the sky. A must buy!
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Guide 3 Sep 2009
By GaryS
I would highly recommend this book to any amateur astronomer. An excellent guide to the night sky.
You can rely on Sir Patric Moore for a good but simple explanation to the main stars and constellations of the starlit sky.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple but effective 15 July 2010
As the title suggests this book is simplistic, but this does not affect the quality. An excellent introduction for those that haven't covered astronomy before, or have looked up on the occasional clear night and wondered what all the constellations are, it details some basic formations and what movements cause them.
Patrick Moore's writing as usual is easy to understand, a thoroughly good read and an excellent foundation for what is a fantastic hobby.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars trip the light fantastic 27 Oct 2009
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Patrick Moore's "Guide to the Night Sky" is written in his no-nonsense easily understood prose. Simple enough not to put off the younger reader but with enough content to satisfy the more mature.
While the booklet won't break the bank and is primarily what its' title says: it includes descriptions of the Solar System, the Sun and Planets, Stars, stellar distances and even hints on buying a telescope.
A good "pocket" guide, with simple illustrations and photos, it can be read as a guide or used as a quick reference with sections covering constellations and the night sky for each of the seasons.
It's a handy companion to the Philip's Planisphere Philip's Planisphere: Northern 51.5 Degrees - British Isles, Northern Europe Northern USA and Canada (Philip's Astronomy)
The Philip's "Guide to Stars and Planets",Guide to Stars and Planets (Philip's Astronomy) also by Patrick Moore, fills in many of the gaps in the "Guide to the Night Sky"
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sir pattrick moore, Guide to the night sky 30 May 2010
I read this book within an hour, very informative, and easy to understand the relevant constellation, and planets. Explains the movements of the Moon, and names of Constellations,i.e. Casseopia, Ursa major, Ursa Minor, Triangulum. A must for first time buyers of a telescope and easy understanding of the night sky. Northern Hemishpere.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A rather brief guide 24 July 2009
I bought this book as I wanted a guide to get me started in simple astronomy before I commited to buying a telescope, but for me this book was just too basic.

It contains a good overview of how to start finding your way around the stars and constellations at different times of year, but contains little desciption of what they are. The explanations are easy to understand and very concise, but there is little in the book to inspire or excite. The chapter on buying a telescope is has some good tips, but is not enough for you to make a properly informed descision.

I appreciate this is one of the cheaper books on offer and is not meant to be a full guide to astronomy, but I was hoping for something to get me excited about taking up astronomy. If you are looking for the same, I recommend spending a little extra on a more descriptive book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very easy reading 12 Jan 2010
By R. Toma
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It's a beginner's book, but I still find it quite useful. It clearly explains how to get around on the night sky based on the season. Maps are quite easy to understand while keeping the amount of information low with concise explanations. It also presents a lot of characteristics for the stars and planets.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stars For Starters 6 Oct 2009
Sir Patrick offers this huge subject in a most easily digestible way. Well worth the low cost ..
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A well presentd guide
As a beginner in the field, I find this book a great help in understanding what I'm looking for and at in the sky.
Published 1 month ago by John B
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Bought as a gift, arrived promptly in perfect condition, lovely quality and lots of pictures, recipient very pleased with it and can be caught looking through it often
Published 3 months ago by A. J. V. Syme
3.0 out of 5 stars Sky at Night
While the text is informative I`m afraid the diagrams are less so .It is pity because that what spoilt a other wise good starter book for the beginner astronomer.
Published 4 months ago by Ernest D Riley
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction to the night sky
I learnt the basics of the constellations from this book, it is a far more effective introduction to finding your way around the night sky than any other I have encountered. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amber Geddes
3.0 out of 5 stars Star guide as stated
This book ok not so good on kindle as I expected but does the job ok at the price good facts and interesting read
Published 7 months ago by malcolm
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy Reading
We wanted a simple guide and this is what we got. Reasonably priced quick reference book that slips into the telescope's storage bag
Published 7 months ago by Barbara
5.0 out of 5 stars Wanted this for a while
Kept putting off buying this book but its a great introduction to the constellations if youre clueless like me, but love the sky at night!!
Published 7 months ago by Heather
1.0 out of 5 stars Only North?
If you are interested in stars and want to watch stars at night through a telescope, make sure, for starters, that you are planning to do this only in the Northern hemisphere. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Konstanze Allsopp
3.0 out of 5 stars Phillip's guide to the Night Sky
Not what i was expecting. Hard to understand. Very disappointing but some people would enjoy this book I am sure
Published 7 months ago by Flo jo
4.0 out of 5 stars Patrick knew how to do it.
Very informative and worthwhile. I can almost see him in front of me presenting it in his own inimitable way.
Published 8 months ago by Phil Lewis
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