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  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2010 edition (17 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441968504
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441968500
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.5 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 999,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“It is an excellent guide. … gives useful and sometimes detailed information about the objects … . As such it is an excellent, handy and easy-to-use guide, and I’m happy to recommend it.” (Robin Scagell, The Observatory, Vol. 131 (1225), December, 2011)

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For the last four centuries stargazers have turned their telescopes to the night skies to look at its wonders, but only in this age of computers has it become possible to let the telescope find for you the object you are looking for! So-called “go-to” telescopes are programmed with the locations of thousands of objects, including dazzling distant Suns, stunning neighboring galaxies, globular and open star clusters, the remnants of past supernovae, and many other breathtaking sights. This book does not tell you how to use your Go-to telescope. Your manual will help you do that. It tells you what to look for in the deep sky and why, and what equipment to best see it with. Organized broadly by what is best for viewing in the northern hemisphere in different seasons, Monks further divides the sights of each season into groupings such as “Showpiece Objects,” “Interesting Deep Sky Objects,” and “Obscure and Challenging Deep Sky Objects.” He also tells what objects are visible even in light-polluted skies. So armed with your go-to telescope, find an ideal viewing site or set up your telescope in your own backyard. Either way, you’re in for some fun!

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As descriptions of some of the things you can see in suburban skies at different times of the year and how to do it, the book is quite good. But what niggles me is the author's confusion between arcseconds and arcminutes. There are so many places where what is printed is plainly wrong, that elsewhere you have to guess which is more likely. It's no excuse that there are other publications that make the same mistake.
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Overpriced, not much content 18 Oct 2012
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This book is written for novice amateur astronomers who have a GoTo telescope, live in urban or suburban areas, and don't know what they want to observe. It doesn't tell you how to use your smartscope; it only suggests what you could use it to look at.

I bought it hoping it had some advice on programming a Celestron Prodigy. It has nothing to say on that topic. I would not buy it again.

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