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Looks good, but disappointing so far.
on 14 March 2011
On having a quick glance of this book, and reading the reviews on here this seemed to be the perfect book for a complete beginner like me. The photos and diagrams are simply stunning, the best I've seen in many books. A further glance in the book has sections on telescopes and eyepieces which are invaluable for people like me wanting to know more about astronomy and observing with a telescope.
However, upon reading, and I'm currently half way through i agree with the previous review. There are many simple errors one stating Saturns average distance from the sun as 1.4 million km and I'm guessing it's meant to be billion as on the previous page Jupiters was stated at 779 million km! If like me you are starting out, some topics are not explained thoroughly enough. Previous knowledge upon reading this book would be helpful but this is not the reason I bought this book therefore beginners like me I would suggest you look elsewhere. My main gripe about this book though are the simple errors which anyone can pick out and its a mystery to me how these weren't noticed before printing. Hopefully a second edition will correct these then I would give it a 3/4 star.