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Viewing and Imaging the Solar System: A Guide for Amateur Astronomers (The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series) Paperback – 25 Sep 2014

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2015 edition (25 Sept. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461451787
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461451785
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.6 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 813,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“If you happen to be a young amateur astronomer just starting out with astronomy and observing, then this book might be a good read … . gives a quick and short overview of what a beginner observer might need to know or think of before heading outside on a cold clear night. … if you want to start out a new hobby of astrophotography without any prior knowledge about the night sky, it’s the book to go to.” (Kadri Tinn,, November, 2014)

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Viewing and Imaging the Solar System: A Guide for Amateur Astronomers is for those who want to develop their ability to observe and image Solar System objects, including the planets and moons, the Sun, and comets and asteroids. They might be beginners, or they may have already owned and used an astronomical telescope for a year or more.

Newcomers are almost always wowed by sights such as the rings of Saturn and the moons of Jupiter, but have little idea how to find these objects for themselves (with the obvious exceptions of the Sun and Moon). They also need guidance about what equipment to use, besides a telescope.

This book is written by an expert on the Solar System, who has had a lot of experience with outreach programs, which teach others how to make the most of relatively simple and low-cost equipment. That does not mean that this book is not for serious amateurs. On the contrary, it is designed to show amateur astronomers, in a relatively light-hearted—and math-free way—how to become serious.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By harpoon guns to 'safe', please on 11 Feb. 2015
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Probably the greatest, yet most self-indulgent compliment I can give a book and its author is that the book is what I would have written if I could.

That applies here. On and off as I indulge an interest in astronomy in a limited way, I've looked for books describing the science and practice of astronomy, developing ideas in a way I can deal with and use. My study is littered with books that don't start me at the right point and don't give me what I want from my interpretation of first principles.

Then I find the right book was written by a colleague. What a world. Or universe.

In this book, Jane Clark does exactly what the cover of the book suggests, and takes you step by step through the subject. The thread of joyful humour and irreverence that runs through the book is familiar to anyone who knows her, and it's as if the author is reading it to you personally.

This is a book highly recommended if you want to understand the solar system a bit more as well as look at it, and it could provide the astronomical annex to Lewis Dartnell's brilliant book "The Knowledge". High praise and well deserved; there's a heck of a lot to be learned here.

Each section comes across as a patient attempt to equip you to carry out the activity in question. Occasionally, you can hear a sigh, followed by a "Yes, I'm going to need to put this in, aren't I?" Jane has learnt her craft partly with the help of others but clearly mostly by her own patience and determination. She knows it isn't obvious. She knows that we learn from our mistakes. Even with fairly simple equipment, this can inspire you to new heights, and certainly helped me to get pictures of Jupiter and three of his moons with nothing more sophisticated than a decent bridge camera.
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A good read but there are better books on the topic out there.
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