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Viewing the Constellations with Binoculars: 250+ Wonderful Sky Objects to See and Explore (The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series) [Paperback]

Bojan Kambic
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16 Oct 2009 0387853545 978-0387853543 2010

Viewing the Constellations with Binoculars is a complete guide to practical astronomy, written for beginners, intermediate-level astronomers, and even people who have not yet turned their gaze to the night sky. The required observing equipment to get the full value from this book is no more than a pair of regular 10 x 50 binoculars, but even more can be seen with a small astronomical telescope.

This comprehensive introduction to astronomy and practical observing is far more than a guide to what can be seen in the night sky through binoculars. It introduces the reader to some basic (and some not-so-basic) astronomical concepts, and discusses the stars and their evolution, the planets, nebulae, and distant galaxies. There is a guide to selecting and using binoculars for astronomy, as well, as a 'getting ready to observe' section containing invaluable practical hints and tips.

The second part of the book is an extraordinarily complete atlas and guide to the night sky down to 30º N (covering all the USA and Europe). It is illustrated with superb and sometimes beautiful amateur astronomical photographs, detailed maps (down to 5th magnitude), descriptions, and data on all astronomical objects of interest.

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  • Paperback: 536 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2010 edition (16 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0387853545
  • ISBN-13: 978-0387853543
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 18 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 259,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“This volume is so crammed with information that the index is a very welcome addition. … This provides you with a rich background about objects you can see … . It … deals with the constellations, giving charts, photos and informative text describing the binocular delights within.” (Mark Parrish, Sky at Night Magazine, April, 2010)

“Book such as this , subtitled ‘250+ wonderful sky objects to see and explore’ , will attract the attention of many a skygazer. … I expect that many potential readers will wonder, as I did, how much of this material is truly necessary in a book supposedly aimed at users of 10 × 50 binoculars. … It is undoubtedly an impressive achievement … . As if to underline this, the book ends with a list of basic objects for beginners … .” (Ian Ridpath, The Observatory, Vol. 130, August, 2010)

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The night sky is filled with stellar wonders, sparkling jewels that hide within them fantastic faraway suns. The ancients saw pictures formed by the stars and thus were born the constellations, which are still used today to identify and locate stars.


After providing enough background information on astronomy to arm you for your trip, Bojan Kambic leads you through the major constellations seen in the northern skies, pointing out the most important sites and guiding you to finding them yourself using mainly just binoculars. You will soon find yourself becoming familiar with the best equipment to use, the best times to observe, and the best conditions in which to observe. You will also soon find yourself at home among the stars, seeking out new challenges and enjoying repeated visits with old friends.


The pleasure and satisfaction you will derive from some inexpensive equipment and a good viewing site will surprise you and make you want to do more. For all this, let Kambic be your guide, and you won’t be disappointed!

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I was very pleasantly surprised by this book! This book and a pair of binoculars is enough to start stargazing, so it is excellent book for all beginners. Charts of constellations are clear and show stars up to 5th magnitude. There are more than 250 described objects which you can see and explore with binoculars. Each object is accompanied with detailed instructions how to find it and with detailed finder chart, which shows stars up to 9th magnitude. The book is full of excellent images, taken by amateur astronomers. As such, it is a real treasure for everyone, from beginners to experienced amateur astronomers.

An extra bonus for all beginners is the first part of the book, which contains a brief introduction in basic astronomy and astrophysics. So, in one book you get an intro to astronomy AND a complete guide on how to start and what to observe. You don't need to buy a telescope (of course, it doesn't hurt if you already have one) - this book shows that with just a pair of binoculars there are plenty of interesting objects to see up there (if you already have a telescope, you can see them even better).

The book is worth every penny.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written 7 May 2013
By NalinU
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A book for any practical astronomer especially those starting out like myself. It's written in very simple language yet manages to convey important concepts about astronomy to aid in observations.

it's not a cover to cover read and therefore you can pick and chose the stuff you want to read. It helps to read form one end to the other if you are new to the subject. The only reason I would give it 4 stars and not 5 is because none of the pictures are in colour.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not just for binocular users! 25 July 2014
I already have a few books on what to see in the night sky. However, I bought this one because it has much more detail on most of the sights to look at (stars, galaxies, nebulae, star clusters, etc) than just the one sentence that appears in most guides.

Often, as well as magnitude, distance, etc, there are details on what you can expect to see with binoculars or a small to medium-sized telescope, and often information on when the object was first discovered, by whom and other very interesting background info, including some of the latest professional findings – e.g. astronomers now think the Andromeda Galaxy is close to 3 million light years away rather than the previously accepted 2.2 million, and the exact process that makes a nebula like the Ring Nebula glow.

And the book is not just for binocular users. I actually feel that the title is doing it a disservice, and that unfortunately many people might overlook the book, thinking that it will be too sketchy for their needs. Often the book adds details of what is visible with telescopes of varying apertures, and so many objects are included, and in such detail, that it is very useful for those with a telescope and those who are more than just beginners.

The observation details are grouped by constellation, in alphabetical order, so it is easy to find particular objects, and to have a read of what you will be able to see on a particular night, once you've checked which constellations will be visible from your site.

And there are detailed star charts to help you find very many of the objects included, which are very useful.

I like the style the book is written in – interesting and informative without being too dry or technical.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good new book 5 Sep 2010
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All binocular astronomy books are great. This one is one of the best. Lots of detailed info... a bit dry, and another point ... I think alpha, beta, gamma (greek) symbols are worth repeating in the text... However, my verdict is positive on the whole even if I have not yet read it cover to cover...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Has lovely maps 2 Mar 2013
By Rawr
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This is a very large book for the price and explains things very clearly, especially everyday lens cleaning etc that for an expert, is self-explanatory. Very good for beginners.
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