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Stars and Planets (DK Handbooks)
Stars and Planets (DK Handbooks)
by Wil Tirion
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.90

5.0 out of 5 stars Good astronomical overview, 4 Aug 2014
This book contains a wealth of information about the solar system and the wider universe in a compact guide.

It has a review of each of the constellations, including a small but detailed map of each one, setting out clearly the main sights in each for those with binoculars or a small telescope.

As with most Dorling Kindersley books, it is attractively laid out, with good use of images and colours.

I have a much more detailed book covering the constellations, but I bought this one for its concise and easily accessible information.


Stars and Planets (DK Handbooks) by Ridpath, Ian (2010) Paperback
Stars and Planets (DK Handbooks) by Ridpath, Ian (2010) Paperback
by Ian Ridpath
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Good astronomical overview, 25 July 2014
It is a shame that this book seems not to be widely available on Amazon, other than from sellers charging more than the RRP of 9.99.

It contains a wealth of information about the solar system and the wider universe in a compact guide.

It has a review of each of the constellations, including a small but detailed map of each one, setting out clearly the main sights in each for those with binoculars or a small telescope.

As with most Dorling Kindersley books, it is attractively laid out, with good use of images and colours.

I have a much more detailed book covering the constellations, but I bought this one for its concise and easily accessible information.


Eponymous
Eponymous
Price: 7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Buy it for "Romance"!, 25 July 2014
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Those interested in pre-Losing My Religion REM should by "The Best of REM" as it contains most of the songs on this album and more.

However, this best-of is worth buying for the track "Romance", which is good up-tempo REM song that is not on "The Best of REM" and other compilations.

When I bought "The Best of REM" CD, having had a tape of Eponymous, I really missed this song!

Just remember – we used to pay 4.50 for a CD single, which was often really for just one song!


4 Piece ~ Standard Telescope Eyepiece 1.25" Inch Set ~ 4 x Standard S/H/K Eyepieces 4mm, 6mm, 12mm & 20mm Eye Lenses ~ With Red LED headtorch
4 Piece ~ Standard Telescope Eyepiece 1.25" Inch Set ~ 4 x Standard S/H/K Eyepieces 4mm, 6mm, 12mm & 20mm Eye Lenses ~ With Red LED headtorch
Offered by UKHobbyStore
Price: 49.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Useful head torch, eyepieces OK for a limited budget, 25 July 2014
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I bought this mostly for the head torch that comes with the eyepieces.

This has proved very useful. I don't use it strapped around my head, as suggested, but it is good to have a small red light to hand that doesn't ruin the eye's dark adaption when observing. It also has a brighter white light, which could be useful for using the torch for other tasks - in the loft, under the stairs, fiddly craft work, looking at coins, stamps, etc.

Re. the eyepieces themselves, the set is good for obtaining four eyepieces across a broad range of focal lengths (and hence magnifications), and incredibly cheaply too. However, it is important to realise that these are very much bottom-of-the-range eyepieces. For me, they were let down by their small field of view - like looking down a tunnel compared with more expensive, wider-angle eyepieces.

Good starter set though to add to the one or two eyepieces that come with your telescope if funds are limited.


Viewing the Constellations with Binoculars: 250+ Wonderful Sky Objects to See and Explore (The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series)
Viewing the Constellations with Binoculars: 250+ Wonderful Sky Objects to See and Explore (The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series)
by Bojan Kambič
Edition: Paperback
Price: 19.48

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.

I've knocked off a star for the fairly minor reasons that: a) there are no colour photos (as another reviewer has mentioned), so the book is not as attractive as others; b) the "strap" of text at the top of each page just states a group of constellations covered by those pages (e.g. Cancer to Delphinus) – this means it tales a bit longer to find a constellation than if the top of each individual page stated the exact constellation(s) on that page, like in a dictionary; c) the text could have been presented more appealingly – it is fully justified across the whole page and as the pages are bigger than, say, a novel, it can seem a bit heavy going. However, as the book may be used mostly as a reference in an armchair, this isn't too much of a problem.

I also recommend 'Turn Left at Orion' for the beginner who needs to find out quickly and easily some things to look at during each season of the year – the book being reviewed is a comprehensive look at all constellations visible from the northern hemisphere rather than selected highlights.

And on that last point, I welcome the fact that the constellations covered are largely those visible to observers in the northern hemisphere – I find it frustrating when a book has dozens or hundreds of pages covering southern hemisphere constellations that we can't see, just adding to the weight and unwieldiness of the book!

All in all, a very good, detailed book for all observers, with binoculars or a telescope, and whether just starting out or more experienced.


Skywatcher 32mm SP Series Super Plossl Eyepiece 1.25 Inches Black
Skywatcher 32mm SP Series Super Plossl Eyepiece 1.25 Inches Black
Offered by Camera Centre UK
Price: 32.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful eyepiece, 19 Jun 2014
In my Skywatcher Heritage 130p (focal length 650mm), this 32mm eyepiece gives 20x magnification, providing a nice low-power view of a large chunk of sky.

I use it mostly as a finder eyepiece – i.e. pointing the telescope roughly in the right area and then locating the target using this wide-field eyepiece before 'zooming in' with higher-power eyepieces.

I've also enjoyed using it to just 'surf' an area of sky, such as the dense star fields of Cygnus, which you cannot do as well with a higher magnification.

The lens you look through is very large, about 15-20mm wide, meaning that the eyepiece is very easy to use, including if you wear glasses. It has good 'eye relief', so you don't have to get your eyeball right up close to the glass.

The star images are clear and sharp across the whole of the field of view. The fact that the magnification is low means that the background sky is brighter than with higher-magnification eyepieces (especially with my light-polluted urban skies), but that has not spoilt my views at all – you can still see hundreds of stars that are not visible to the naked eye.

All in all, a very useful eyepiece that is enjoyable to use.


Vlaminck
Vlaminck
by Anna Maria Mascheroni
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book, 11 Nov 2013
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Contains many well-produced full-colour images of paintings by this generally under-exposed artist.

One of the few books I've found on him. I also recommend the Bonfini / Crown Art Library book on Vlaminck.


The Miracle
The Miracle
Offered by Leisurezone
Price: 9.06

5.0 out of 5 stars Classic album, 11 Nov 2013
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This review is from: The Miracle (Audio CD)
I recently bought the album on CD as I had it on tape from the 80s but hadn't listened to it for years.

It's just as good as I remember, with stand outs for me being Scandal, I Want It All, Breakthru and Was It All Worth It.

The only thing I didn't particularly care for on listening to it was the instances of the music going quickly from the left channel to the right one and back again, which now sounds very dated and is a bit off-putting to the song itself. However, if I hadn't been listening on headphones then I probably wouldn't have noticed it.

I went for this edition as the new remastered version doesn't include 'Hang On In There' (unless you buy the Deluxe version), which is very good.

The sound quality on this is fine for me. I'm not sure I'd notice any remastering anyway.


The Singles 81-85
The Singles 81-85
Offered by Side Two
Price: 9.79

5.0 out of 5 stars Good for alternate versions, 11 Nov 2013
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Worth buying for the slow, classical, instrumental version of A View To A Kill, which was the B-side of the original single and is beautiful.

Also for the extended versions of the songs, particularly the one of Wild Boys.

Considering that it used to cost about 4 for ONE CD single, this box set is good value.


The Finest
The Finest
Price: 4.54

5.0 out of 5 stars All the hits, 11 Nov 2013
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Great album of all the key FYC hits. Had to go for this album as another one I looked at unforgivably didn't include 'Good Thing'!


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