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Edge of the Sky
Edge of the Sky
by Roberto Trotta
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. An explanation of Dark Energy, 6 Jan. 2015
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Excellent. An explanation of Dark Energy, Dark Matter, SuperSymmetrical Particles and the Early Universe, using the most common one thousand (ten hundred) words in our language. You will not have read a science book like this before. It's been a delight to read and re-read. Some books are destined for shelves on a bookcase to gather dust; not this one, it's been my bedside and holiday reading this Christmas. This small hardback book is destined to get read time and time again.

Turn Left at Orion: Hundreds of Night Sky Objects to See in a Home Telescope - and How to Find Them
Turn Left at Orion: Hundreds of Night Sky Objects to See in a Home Telescope - and How to Find Them
by Guy Consolmagno
Edition: Spiral-bound
Price: £22.49

39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Primer for all amateur stargazers, 25 Dec. 2011
I have an earlier copy of this book - it is a "must have" for everyone who has an interest in practical astronomy! Forget glossy, colourful, Hubble - quality images; instead you get simple, black and white drawings - why? The book replicates what you can expect to see in the eyepiece in the field whilst observing. In fact, the pages have been designed to be visible whilst using red light, so you can pack it with your scope for use at the eyepiece!

If you do not want to be reliant on a GoTo telescope system, then you learn to "Star hop" and this book is without doubt the best way to learn to see the most interesting objects in the night sky with a small telescope. For those starting out, this is a practical guide to help you "learn your way around the sky".
You get a section on "Where to look" an "in the finderscope" diagram and description to help you find the object and then an "in the telescope" description and diagram. The book is broken down into seasons, so you will not waste time looking for something that is below the horizon.
Does exactly what it says on the cover.

Skywatcher Startravel 102 SynScan Telescope
Skywatcher Startravel 102 SynScan Telescope
Offered by MegaDeals UK
Price: £287.45

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 6 months in with the Startravel 102 on a GoTo, 18 Dec. 2011
I've had this telescope and mount for about 6 months now. Purchased from First Light Optics in Exeter. It is almost identical to the Celestron Nexstar 102 SLT Computerised Telescope - the main difference being that the Celestron "flavour" of GoTo is easier to set up than the Skywatcher - I have read that the Skywatcher mount is slightly heavier duty, but cannot be sure.
This scope has enough light gathering power to see some of the brighter Deep Space Objects; the Andromeda Galaxy looks rather good, once you've let your eyes adapt to the dark.
This telescope is powerful enough to give great views of Jupiter and it's moons; with the 10mm eyepiece you will start to see the Equatorial Belts, I'm looking forward to seeing Saturn and the rings when it returns to our skies at a sensible time of night.
The overall weight and size of the complete package means that you can carry everything from car boot to observing sight in one trip - be aware that any GoTo system will get through AA batteries in just a few short hours - a bigger power supply is recommended, but that adds to the weight and cost - so far; I've managed with some high capacity NiMH rechargeable batteries charging them up fully before each session, they've lasted so far even in the cold of December.
The Goto on this and the equivalent Celestron have to be aligned before use - that means that you'll need to ensure that the tripod is perfectly level and input your latitude and longitude co-ordinates (use your sat nav or the web) and then the date / time in USA format, it takes practice, but usually works 80% of the time.

Bear in mind that this is a compromise then, a reflector of the same cost would have a better light gathering power (you'd see fainter objects more easily), but as a starter telescope that you can set up quickly, that will give you some fabulous views and without spending a fortune, think that you'll be hard pushed to find better at this price..
Good luck!
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HERITAGE 130P FlexTube Dobsonian
HERITAGE 130P FlexTube Dobsonian
Offered by Picsio
Price: £144.99

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great way to star gazing, 22 April 2011
I purchased one of these locally on the recommendation from a member of the Norwich Astronomical Society, and my 11 year old son and I have had great fun in the evenings looking at the moon, Saturn and various stars from our home in Wymondham. Is a very basic mount, but that allows more of the cost to be spent on the mirror and optics (it came with a wide field lens and a higher powered lens).
The excitement at seeing the rings of Saturn from your back garden cannot be described, it was awesome and no hassle to do so.
Is a fairly low unit, so you will either be kneeling or have a steady table to set it on for use. To help find the various objects in the sky I use a free app on my iPad, there are a few available for the smart phones.
Is a low cost way to start a fascinating hobby, and superb value for money!
Good luck.

You Can't Teach a Kid to Ride a Bike At a Seminar
You Can't Teach a Kid to Ride a Bike At a Seminar
by David H. Sandler
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Revelation, 10 Oct. 2009
I was fortunate enough to win a copy of this book last week. It is by far the best book I have ever read on "sales" and I have a bookshelf filled with books newsletter from many authors on "selling".

The Sandler Sales System completely changes the rules of the "sales dance".
Highy recommended.

Outrageous Advertising That's Outrageously Successful
Outrageous Advertising That's Outrageously Successful
by Dan S. Kennedy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.24

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre, 19 Sept. 2009
Outrageous Advertising That's Outrageously Successful is a non stop, non subtle attempt to get readers to sign up for the Glazer-Kennedy newsletters.
Non of the examples are in colour, to see them in colour you need to send your credit card details to pay the postage and packing for the CD. In fact many of the illustrations are poorly printed (deliberately so I suspect). Some of the ideas are transferable to the UK, but the book is heavily biased towards the USA. The ideas contained are transferable though, and perhaps you only need for one of them to work for the book to be a success.There ought to be more disclosure though, that most of the "tools" used are from Glazer-Kennedy members.

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