- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Dorling Kindersley; Re-issue (PB, round corners) edition (1 July 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1405357967
- ISBN-13: 978-1405357968
- Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.3 x 20.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 562,065 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Stars and Planets (DK Handbooks) Paperback – 1 Jul 2010
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"The handy size, copious illustrations, maps and charts, as well as the latest in astrophotography throughout . . . practically beg[s] astronomers to take [Stars and Planets] along to star parties."--Astronomy
"For those who gaze at the night sky, seeking the familiar patterns known to sailors and shepherds, this field guide will be an invaluable companion."--Bruce E. Fleury, Science Books & Films
"[A] first-class pocket field guide to the sky.... The charts, by Wil Tirion, are what we would expect of this master of celestial cartography; they are uncluttered, easy to read, and compress many (but not too many!) objects in a small space.... [A] very nicely produced book."--John Mosley, Planetarian
"This marvelously dense field guide tells you everything you need to know to find your way around the sky, whether you are an eager novice who is just looking around or a serious observer using binoculars or a telescope."--Discover
"[C]omprehensive yet compact.... This beautiful guide is suitable for amateurs and novices as well as stargazers more acquainted with navigating their night skies."--Irene Wanner, Seattle Times
"[A] rich resource for advanced amateurs, but novices will also like the star charts (both Northern and Southern hemispheres) and abundant explanatory text detailing each of the 88 constellations and the stars within them, as well as the sun, moon, planets, and Milky Way."--Library Journal
"Though I'm not in a position to assess the title's proclamation of being the most complete guide, I will say that it is the best one that I've read. With Ian Ridpath's text and Wil Tirion's illustrations, the Princeton Field Guides Stars & Planets is a wonderful guide to the stars, planets, galaxies, and our own solar system. It will help in getting that elusive target into the finder and onto the eagerly awaiting eye."--Mark Mortimer, Universe Today
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"A concise and beautifully illustrated guide to the sky's best sights, and to the science behind them."--Mitchell Begelman, author of Turn Right at Orion: Travels through the Cosmos
"Ridpath and Tirion are an unbeatable team. Ridpath writes concisely and movingly about the sky, and Tirion's charts are beautifully done and easy to follow. This is a superb guide to the night sky."--David H. Levy, author of Shoemaker by Levy (Princeton) and co-discoverer of the comet Shoemaker-Levy 9.
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There are some useful photographs of the constellations and the various astronomical objects they contain but I found some of these difficult to make out. Perhaps things are clearer in the field.
A well designed book that really does pack a lot in and the array of facts alone will please the astral trainspotters no end. The celestial hemispheres on the inside of the front and back covers are a nice finishing touch to an aesthetically pleasing as well as informative guide.
With this book, I can see when and where each planet will appear through 2012. I can also get all the help I need to know what constellations are up there now, and which ones will be present when.
As a result, I can finally introduce the starry heavens in an appropriate way to younger people. I already know a lot about astronomy, but the night sky was beyond me. No longer! Whew!
Although my four children did not get much help with the heavens from me, the grandchildren will receive great benefits from this resource.
Even if you are good at identifying objects in the night sky, this book will be a valuable, convenient reference for you.
Enjoy the lore that our ancestors appreciated by seeing new aspects of the night-time sky!
It has a review of each of the constellations, including a small but detailed map of each one, setting out clearly the main sights in each for those with binoculars or a small telescope.
As with most Dorling Kindersley books, it is attractively laid out, with good use of images and colours.
I have a much more detailed book covering the constellations, but I bought this one for its concise and easily accessible information.
Thank you so much.
everything you said and more!
I fully recommend this book to anyone .
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Simple and easy to underatnd book. Explains whats up there to see when to see it. Well worth the purchase.Published 7 months ago by A M Mitchell
Excellent little book about the cosmos.
For the price of a portion of chips, you cannot go wrong!
This is a very useful, practical guide to the night sky. Good information and maps. Another useful feature is that, unlike some guides, is useful in any part of the World.Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent book for the beginer to astronomy with easy to understand information. would recommend this book to a keen novice.Published on 22 Feb. 2013 by Mr. A. R. Carnell
Really loved this little gem, easy to explain to my Grandson and the pictures helped him understand that there isn't just stars in space. Worth buying!Published on 17 Jan. 2013 by Mrs Corinne Davey