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Stargazing Secrets [Hardcover]

Anton Vamplew
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3 Sep 2007

An accessible and informative guide to everything you can see in the night sky with binoculars and a telescope.

The next level up from his previous book Simple Stargazing, Anton Vamplew’s Stargazing Secrets is aimed at the astronomer who wants to find out about everything that can be seen in the night sky with the naked eye, and with binoculars or a telescope. With advice on choosing and using the right equipment, this is the ideal guide for any avid astronomer wanting to develop their knowledge.

Packed with information on what you will be able to see, and illustrated with the author’s charts, Stargazing Secrets discusses some of the more complex issues and terminologies of astronomy such as how to measure the distance of a star from the Earth, why the Moon appears bigger nearer the horizon than high in the sky, and where and when to see aurorae. Guiding you through the more distant aspects of our universe and covering constellations, double stars and galactic clusters in both northern and southern hemispheres, this lively, accessible and authoritative book makes a complex subject enjoyable and easy to understand.

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; Critical edition edition (3 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007242247
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007242245
  • Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 19.2 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,477,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Anton Vamplew is an author, writer and presenter of astronomy. He was born in Rainham, Kent UK in 1966, and by the age of six he was fascinated by the night sky. Over the years Anton has has always tried to promote the subject with passion and fun, but always with accuracy. After many radio features and television appearances, as well as articles in magazines, his first book Simple Stargazing was published by Collins in 2005. Now with his sixth book just released, he is finding there is just as much interest about the night sky from those young and old as there has ever been.

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‘If you need a present for a budding young astronomer, this book could be it. Cheerful and chatty, it's sure to appeal to kids or older beginners who are kids at heart. Highly recommended.’ Sky at Night

Praise for Simple Stargazing:

‘It is so good that I cannot put it down’
David H Levy

‘Vamplew clearly knows and loves the subject and he successfully conveys his enthusiasm to the reader…it revitalised my interest in the basics of observing for sheer pleasure’
Peter Grego, BBC Sky at Night

‘With a knack for detail and minimal complications, he cuts the intimidation and adds lots of fun to boot’
Mark Mortimer, Universe Today

Book Description

Discover hidden starry skies using binoculars and telescopes

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for novices like me ! 22 Mar 2009
By ssx
An excellent book for those starting out in astronomy, the first 6 chapters give easy to understand information on our planet, Sun, Moon, Stars, Telescopes & Binoculars which to buy how they work..., A huge chapter (half the book) containing charts on everything to see and how to find them plus much more.

I'd recommend this book as a great alternative to...

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No, actually just buy it !
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