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3.0 out of 5 stars A rather brief guide, 24 July 2009
This review is from: Philip's Guide to the Night Sky: A guided tour of the stars and constellations (Paperback)
I bought this book as I wanted a guide to get me started in simple astronomy before I commited to buying a telescope, but for me this book was just too basic.

It contains a good overview of how to start finding your way around the stars and constellations at different times of year, but contains little desciption of what they are. The explanations are easy to understand and very concise, but there is little in the book to inspire or excite. The chapter on buying a telescope is has some good tips, but is not enough for you to make a properly informed descision.

I appreciate this is one of the cheaper books on offer and is not meant to be a full guide to astronomy, but I was hoping for something to get me excited about taking up astronomy. If you are looking for the same, I recommend spending a little extra on a more descriptive book.
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Initial post: 9 Jan 2013 23:59:41 GMT
Mr A. Ledger says:
If you need a guide to excite you about taking up astronomy, might I suggest that you shouldn't take up astronomy? The sheer scale of the universe should get you excited - the book is just a guide to what you're seeing. Or - buy the telescope, realise you're looking at the most exciting thing you'll ever see, and use the book to guide you round it.
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