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Stars (Collins Gem) [Paperback]

Ian Ridpath , Wil Tirion
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1 Mar 2004 Collins GEM

A brand-new edition of this bestselling Gem, featuring individual charts for all 88 constellations, a star atlas of the entire sky and details of the brightest stars and objects of interest which can be seen with the naked eye, binoculars and small telescopes.

Collins Gem Stars provides details of all 88 constellations of the Northern and Southern hemispheres, complete with star charts and a star atlas of the entire sky, ideal for practical observation of the stars throughout the world all year round.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; New Ed edition (1 Mar 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007178581
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007178582
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 8.3 x 11.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,511 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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From the Back Cover

The Gem Night Sky was first published in 1985 to provide star maps of all 78 constellations with descriptions given of the main components of each constellation. In this new edition the text has been updated and redesigned and the mapping remains unchanged.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Ian Ridpath and Wil Tirion are authors of the Collins Pocket Guide to Stars and Planets and The Monthly Sky Guide (CUP). Ian is editor of Norton’s Star Atlas and the Oxford Dictionary of Astronomy, and author of Star Tales. Wil is author of Sky Atlas 2000.0.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An essential reference book 21 July 2006
By viokn
This guide is of immense depth and a very good value. A beginner will benefit from the 22 pages long Introduction explaining all the main astronomy terms. 18 detailed maps of the sky for both Northern and Southern latitudes are very helpful, too.

Articles on every constellation give essential information for both beginners and advanced astronomers. The articles are accompanied by very detailed maps showing all the neighbours of a certain constellation (so that you can easily find it in the sky) and also mentioning the interesting features you can see in your binoculars or telescope.

Plus there are many more helpful sections (e.g. a table of annual meteor showers) and a few beautiful photographs of galaxies and nebulae. The pocket size of the book (just 8x12 cm) makes it very light and easy to carry - a perfect reference book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't leave home without it - At night 30 Oct 2011
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I am just getting back into astronomy. I loved it as a child, but did not have the funds or opportunity to buy decent binoculars, let alone a decent telescope. Now I am older and have disposable income I have re-awakened my passion for the celestial night sky and can afford to get a much better (closer) look at it. I keep this book in my coat pocket and when I am out at night it helps me navigate the night sky with ease. If you only buy one astronomy book, this should be the one.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant pocket guide for all astronomers 19 Sep 1999
By A Customer
This is a brilliant little book which will delight experienced amateur astronomers as well as beginners because along with the clear and concise text, there are excellent maps of the constellations by one of the world's leading celestial cartographers. It is a book every amateur should carry in the pocket of his observing suit!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential purchase for rookie stargazers 18 Jun 2009
This little paperback may stand barely 5mm taller than your bog standard 330ml can of coke (and about as thick as a roll of polo mints), but it packs in a hell of alot of information.... with detailed charts of every constellation in the Northern & Southern hemisphere, and a bit of blurb about the hi-lights to accompany them.
If you're just starting out in Astronomy, I recommend this as one of the books to get you started on my Astronomy website... in addition to Astronomy (Kingfisher Pocket Guides) or Stargazing (Collins Need to Know?)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A little gem! 20 Dec 2012
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This is a marvelous little book,and tremendous value.It is clear,concise and to the point(no room for waffle here!).It is ideal for beginners,as it requires no previous astronomical knowledge whatsoever,and guides you through all 88 constellations in alphabetical order.For more seasoned astro-observers,it supplies a surprisingly rich collection of celestial objects to whet the appetite.All this in a book that REALLY does fit in your pocket! Highly reccommended.
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Great, concise little guide to the constellations - I use it in conjunction with S&T's Pocket Sky Atlas, turn Left At Orion & Stellarium when observing. Quite a lot of information given its size. Good clear illustrations too.The Gem guide really IS a pocket edition so very easy to take with you anywhere. Highly recommend as a quick & useful refresher on each constellation.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star 14 July 2014
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too small
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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful 5 July 2014
Useful little book. Bought for when we're away in the caravan so can't use google sky map on phone.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A good little book can be complex in places to fine ...
A good little book can be complex in places to fine things but with a little working out it's fun to see the stars, bought it for my grand daughter and me to find constellations... Read more
Published 2 days ago by frankie
3.0 out of 5 stars It's probably great,.
It's probably great,.. but how do I use it?! Some proper guidance notes would help me use the thing. Read more
Published 17 days ago by MR A G Langan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very Good
Published 1 month ago by Edward
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Easy to use, very informative.
Published 3 months ago by LYNN
4.0 out of 5 stars Size is important!
The Gem series never disappoint, for quick easy reference they can't be beaten. Sometimes a little more narrative would be good, but then the book wouldn't be so small. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ann Thornett
5.0 out of 5 stars Stars in their eyes!
It was a Christmas gift and was well received. It arrived very quickly in good time to be wrapped up and hidden away. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Aphall
4.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction
Bought this as an impulse buy but it has really opened my eyes to a whole 'new universe'. There is lots packed into this little book and I've enjoyed learning things from scratch... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Simon K, London
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little reference book
This is a fantastic little reference guide to start learning the constellations of astronomy and as a guide to finding your way around the sky.
Published 20 months ago by Joyce Rowe
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Very handy and informative too. Fits in the pocket nicely for use outside.Recommend this as a very handy reference guide
Published 21 months ago by GaryM
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