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The Amateur Astronomer (The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series) by [Moore, Patrick]
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The Amateur Astronomer (The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series) 12th , Kindle Edition

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From the reviews of the twelfth edition:

"The Amateur Astronomer is aimed at both novice and experienced amateur, although evidently biased towards the former. … should be mandatory reading for anyone thinking of buying a first telescope. … We find here useful statistical data, cartographies, catalogues, and notes relevant to the owners of small to medium telescopes. … Now approaching 50 years old … this 12th edition continues the book’s long tradition of providing an invaluable handbook for those requiring a broad introduction to amateur astronomy. A classic; absolutely recommended." (Steve Ringwood, Astronomy Now, June 2005)

"Classic text that covers the basics of all the major areas of astronomical observing, from lunar and planetary studies to observing and measuring double and variable stars. The high-quality black & white illustrations and images in this book bring together the old and the new in a way that is refreshingly different. … This highly recommended book will have pride of place on my bookshelf and I will continue to dip in and out of it for many years to come." (Neil English, Astronomy and Space, January, 2007)

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Sir Patrick Moore, CBE, FRS is without a doubt the world’s most widely known and respected of broadcasters on astronomy. His BBC-TV program, The Sky at Night, remains the longest-running TV program in the history of broadcasting.

For more than three decades The Amateur Astronomer has inspired generations of amateur astronomers. Almost uniquely, Patrick Moore has written a book that is useful to astronomers at all levels, from beginner to expert.

Appendices – completely updated in this new edition – provide extensive star, lunar and planetary maps, along with a vast amount of data and information that makes this book an essential for every amateur astronomer’s library.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4992 KB
  • Print Length: 311 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1852338784
  • Publisher: Springer London; 12 edition (31 July 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000WBOT6I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,090,614 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars 6 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars An essential component for an amateur astronomer's library 4 Jun. 2016
By Jonathon York - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I had said in an earlier review that the Observational Amateur Astronomer was Moore's original in the series, but I had forgotten about this text. They are variations on a theme, but this text is Sir Patrick Moore's foundation text. It is somewhat outdated and will be disappointing for those who are primarily interested in the latest astronomy gear, but that is not what this book is about anyway. This book is designed to introduce the audience to Amateur Astronomy in a way that does not insult your intelligence. If you are serious about considering taking up amateur astronomy, you can certainly do worse than Sir Patrick Moore. While not as technically detailed as Sidgwick, Moore nevertheless provides a solid introduction to primary concepts in astronomy with this text..
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 3 Nov. 2015
By David F. Bentley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I enjoyed how he related to the average astronomer with an average sized telescope.
5.0 out of 5 stars Best first book on astronomy 21 Sept. 2013
By powernerd - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I first read this book almost 40 years ago. When I got back into amateur astronomy I bought this again on my kindle. Just as good and nicely updated.
5.0 out of 5 stars Sound introduction to Astronomy 7 Aug. 2014
By Greg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
In this short work Patrick Moore, the famous (now deceased) British astronomer, gives a useful introduction to Astronomy. He explains the elements of astronomy, useful objects to view, optical instruments such as binoculars and telescopes, and in this edition, he also covers computerised astronomy.

Moore had the rare gift of being able to combine the talent of a good scientist (even if an amateur one) with a clear, crisp writing style. His ability to explain Astronomy has been a wonderful gift to many generations of astronomers, both professional and amateur.

This book, while now a bit dated (especially in the parts involving computers and CCD devices) it is still an excellent introduction and will be for some years to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still THE book or the beginning amateur astronomer 7 Aug. 2010
By Rodney F. Mollise - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Sir Patrick Moore's calm, elegant, and erudite prose is still doing a wonderful job of initiating newbies into amateur astronomy six decades after it was first published. If you are interested in amateur astronomy, or think you might be, _you want this_.
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