Customer Reviews


4 Reviews
5 star:
 (3)
4 star:    (0)
3 star:
 (1)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 

The most helpful favourable review
The most helpful critical review


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very useful addition to your astronomy library.
This book is a true pocket sized edition which will fit easily into your pocket and can be retrieved with the minimum of fuss. Being well formatted there is no fumbling about turning the pages one way and then another, everything is laid out to enable the observer to quickly identify their target and gain the necessary information. I have already used this book a couple...
Published on 25 Jan 2010 by Stephen Durr

versus
3.0 out of 5 stars A Spectroscopic Atlas of Bright Stars
The author has worked long and hard to produce this atlas and all credit to him. However, the quality of the printing and of the paper lets the author down. The paper is too thin allowing, for example, the lines around the periodic table to show through on to the first of the spectrograms. The diagrams on pages 181 to 187 are very nearly illegible because of the very poor...
Published on 3 Feb 2010 by David Sanders


Most Helpful First | Newest First

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very useful addition to your astronomy library., 25 Jan 2010
By 
Stephen Durr (England) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: A Spectroscopic Atlas of Bright Stars: A Pocket Field Guide (Astronomer's Pocket Field Guide) (Paperback)
This book is a true pocket sized edition which will fit easily into your pocket and can be retrieved with the minimum of fuss. Being well formatted there is no fumbling about turning the pages one way and then another, everything is laid out to enable the observer to quickly identify their target and gain the necessary information. I have already used this book a couple of times while out doing some binocular observing and it is very easy to use in the field. This book is for the observer who is not content to look at the pretty colours that some stars exhibit but also wishes to know luminosity, temperature, distance etc. Another plus is that most of us are blighted with light pollution with one sort or another; well this little book can be used with ease from the suburbs of a large city like London, all the stars used in the book are naked eye objects, so you don't even need a telescope to enjoy the science behind the stars. This is a useful collection to any astronomer's library packed with useful information without any mathematics involved (there are many books out there for the more mathematically inclined). I understand that Mr Martin did his entire data gathering from his back garden in the east end of London over many years, which for me, is pretty impressive stuff.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very handy for research, 14 Jan 2010
By 
Mr. P. J. Madelaine "Madders" (Horsham UK) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   
This review is from: A Spectroscopic Atlas of Bright Stars: A Pocket Field Guide (Astronomer's Pocket Field Guide) (Paperback)
It is loaded with useful empirical information to help the student/researcher, as well as the keen amateur astronomer. It is well organised structurally and it is completely lacking in useless waffle. Very easy to locate what you are looking for in the book.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars A Spectroscopic Atlas of Bright Stars, 15 Feb 2010
By 
R. Hookway - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   
This review is from: A Spectroscopic Atlas of Bright Stars: A Pocket Field Guide (Astronomer's Pocket Field Guide) (Paperback)
This is a great reference book for the amateur astronomer who is learning about stars and the more experienced astronomer wishing to confirm their own results. Information is located with spectrograms and is clear and concise.
The Atlas is presented in simple language and never becomes too technical. There is a useful glossary which gives clear explanations and adds to the readers knowledge of the wider subject. Constellation maps are clear and make it very easy to locate the star under review.In general, the black and white spectrograms can be read, but an A4 size book would have made for clearer prints. An excellent book for anyone wishing to gain a wider understanding of the spectrososcopy of bright stars.A Spectroscopic Atlas of Bright Stars: A Pocket Field Guide (Astronomer's Pocket Field Guide)
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


3.0 out of 5 stars A Spectroscopic Atlas of Bright Stars, 3 Feb 2010
By 
David Sanders (UK) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   
This review is from: A Spectroscopic Atlas of Bright Stars: A Pocket Field Guide (Astronomer's Pocket Field Guide) (Paperback)
The author has worked long and hard to produce this atlas and all credit to him. However, the quality of the printing and of the paper lets the author down. The paper is too thin allowing, for example, the lines around the periodic table to show through on to the first of the spectrograms. The diagrams on pages 181 to 187 are very nearly illegible because of the very poor grey scale printing, indeed lines on the spectrograms are very faint sometimes.
To take the author to task just a litttle bit, he states that "anyone should be able to use (the book) without assuming any prior knowledge of the subject." (page 3). However, there are a couple of jumps in the sequence of knowledge eg the axes of the spectrograms are not labelled and there is no explanation of what the labelling of the lines in the spectrograms means eg H alpha etc.
As a complete novice I would have liked at least a mention of digital cameras.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


Most Helpful First | Newest First

This product

Only search this product's reviews