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  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 8 edition (5 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521133696
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521133692
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 0.1 x 29.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 768,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From previous editions: 'Wil Tirion's charts are justly famous. With Ian Ridpath's words, the combination is hard to beat.' Popular Astronomy

'For those who want to learn about the constellations and bright stars, this book is all that they'll need.' Astronomy Now

'… charts big and detailed enough to be used easily …' Sky Publishing Corporation

'What adds greatly to the value of the Guide is the obvious enthusiasm of the authors and their ability to convey it.' Journal of the British Astronomical Association

'I have not seen a better first guide to amateur astronomy.' Malcolm Gough, The Observatory

'… an ideal gift for the potential astronomer …' Chris Clayton, The Observatory

'… two consummate professionals in the field have teamed up to produce an exemplary text with first rate illustrations to inspire the beginning sky gazer … it is vitally important that the facts presented are accurate and clearly rendered. That is exactly what you get with this little gem of a book. In just 72 pages, the authors have compressed an enormous volume of astronomical knowledge and experience in the field … As you'd expect, the book provides ephemera of the planets and solar eclipses until the end of 2014 and new sections devoted to how best observe them. The Moon maps are especially pretty too. With its modest price tag, I heartily recommend this text to just about anyone and it will take its place in my library alongside the seven other earlier editions going all the way back to the year I left school.' Neil English, Astronomy Now

'… delightful … ideal for beginners and certain to inspire more advanced observers.' skyatnightmagazine.com

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This classic beginner's guide to the night sky has been updated with planet positions and forthcoming eclipses up to the end of 2014. It contains new guides on observing the Moon, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. This famous guide is perfect for astronomers of all ages.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Dec. 2001
Format: Paperback
Excellent introduction for beginners! Simple, easy to use and great maps. Laid out month by month, it describes exactly what to look for and how to find it, so even I was identifying stars the very first time I tried...
What makes this book special to me is that it is written in plain English, not dry and dusty "science speak", and also contains explanations of the history and mythology which accompanies most constellations.
Great as a present for an older child, or buy it (like I did) for yourself as a curious adult.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Feb. 2003
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This is an excellently laid out book. It's clearly written and if you use it on a month by month basis you'll know what to nip outside and look out for in the night sky, while learning something to boot.
Combine this with A Walk Through The Heavens, Collins Wild Guide Night Sky, and the Kingfisher Pocket Guide Astronomy and that ought to keep you going for quite a wee while.
All of these are fine for use with your own eyes too so you don't need expensive kit to enjoy the view.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. David R. Hale on 6 Mar. 2008
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This is a great introduction to the world of astronomy for those using binoculars or small telescopes. It's very concise and easy to follow (using the star charts from the Dutch map-master legend Wil Tirion) detailing the monthly highlights of the night sky.

However it does lack in quantity of information and is a bit lightweight. I'd personally recommend the (very highly regarded) 'Turn Left At Orion' and/or the excellent Phillips guides to the night sky.

With a larger number of targets and a bit more substance, this would be an excellent book for the novice astronomer.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Jan. 2001
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Excellent book for northern hemisphere star gazing that I have seen. By far the clearest and most practical star maps layed out month by month alongside commentries on notable celestial occurences of the period. Clear, good looking and fun
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For anyone starting out in astronomy, I would rate this book above all others. It shows you the best and easiest things to find each month, concentrating on one or two constillations that are well positioned in the sky. If you use this book for a year, you can then move to a more detailed guide such as the excellent Skywatching Skywatching: The Ultimate Guide to the Universe or the companion volume, SpacewatchingSPACEWATCHING. These two books have the same style of star charts, but The Monthly Sky Guide is easier to get to grips with for the beginner, is easier to take out into the garden (even though the page size is larger), and as a bonus, gives you a guide to where to find the planets for the next few years, something that none of the larger books do, as of course, the planets will move amongst the heavens from year to year.

Andrew Taylor

Worsley, Manchester
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