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The Stargazer's Notebook [Paperback]

Dr. Paul G. Abel
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3 Oct 2013 Notebook

This practical astronomy observing notebook is aimed at ‘deep sky observers’ – people who have been inspired by recent television programmes, as well as those who already do it. This is a book for those who know the basics and want to develop and improve their observing skills. Use The Stargazer's Notebook to help plan what deep sky targets you want to seek out in a particular session, as well as plan long term goals.

Includes over 45 observation forms for making notes and drawings of what you are seeing and when. In addition, other record pages will help keep track of what equipment you have (and what you would like to have), what objects you hope to observe, as well as wish lists of observing locations, books, apps etc. Useful reference information includes explanations of universal time, field of view and eye piece equations, and seeing and transparency scales, plus the constellations with abbreviations. This is the perfect gift for every stargazer.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln (3 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711234787
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711234789
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

DR PAUL G. ABEL is an astronomer, mathematician and a co-presenter on the BBC’s The Sky at Night. Paul has written for many popular astronomy magazines promoting amateur astronomy and the science that amateurs can contribute to the field. He regularly gives talks to various astronomical societies and speaks at astronomical events.
Paul has an observatory in his garden (or converted garden shed, to give it its real name), which houses his telescope. From there he makes frequent observations of the Moon and the planets. He is a visual observer and prefers to draw what he sees and records his own observations in log books.
Dr Abel is currently an Astronomer in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Leicester, where he teaches and looks into the mysteries of Hawking Radiation. He trained as a mathematician, and his PhD is in an area of Theoretical Physics concerned with evaporating black holes.
Paul is currently assistant director of the Saturn section of the British Astronomical Association, and a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 15 July 2014
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I thought. 22 May 2014
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After reading other reviews I got the impression that this was some kind of book giving useful tips on improving your observations and 100s of forms to record them.

Well, no tips. It tells you how to use the observing forms, of which there are only 45. There are a lot of pages to record your wish lists and thoughts... The back has a useful table of what the constellation names mean.

The forms will come in handy, but having paid nearly £7 for pages with circles on and a place to record standard details, I could of just continued using free forms off the net. I wouldn't want to pay £11 for it, as if you do a few observations a night it may only last a month or two at most.

The only thing going for it is it is a nicely bound book which you can draw up neat copies of observations in and look back at them in the future.
Would not buy if I knew the true nature of the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great asset for all stargazers 20 Mar 2014
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Everyone who observes the night sky should have this book, to record each session, it also has tips and information which are very useful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great and handy 18 Nov 2013
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Todd8137 Tibshelf Astronomy Group ,i brought this for the observatory to record what we had seen and to keep a log,the first few pages give handy tips for both novice and experienced alike theres lots of handy tips ,and most of all the pages to record what you see
Pro's light weight 100s of log forms ,tips and hints just the right size
Cons,not found any yet
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 14 Oct 2013
I believe this is a kind of notebook that every amateur astronomer should have, especially those who want to reach new heights on their observing skills.
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