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Good book, but cheap quality print
, 20 Feb. 2013
This review is from: Asteroids and Dwarf Planets and How to Observe Them (Astronomers' Observing Guides) (Paperback)
This well written book provides you with a very good, if slightly UK-centric, introduction to asteroids and asteroid observing. It covers asteroid types (spectral types, orbital types, asteroid "families" - although I was missing a table with family member criteria) and their origins. It covers almost all types of observations possible on asteroids, from astrometry to lightcurves to asteroid occultations, and from simple visual observations to CCD lightcurve determinations. I encountered only a few mistakes in the book, none of them very important.
My main complaint about the book, significantly influencing my rating, is the very shoddy print quality. The copy I have was shoddily bound and cut, with parts of the tab texts on the page margins (meant to be a guide when leafing through the book) being cut in half. Some pages were cut slightly oblique The print quality of some (not all, but still too many) of the images in the book is very poor: several have a noise-like pattern consisting of fine white streaks over them, completely ruining these images. A pitty, as the book is rich in generally well-chosen illustrations.
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