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Nightwatch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe Spiral-bound – 3 May 2001

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  • Spiral-bound: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books Ltd; 3rd Revised edition edition (3 May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1552093026
  • ISBN-13: 978-1552093023
  • Product Dimensions: 27.5 x 28.5 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 284,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The third edition of Nightwatch continues its tradition of being the best handbook for the novice astronomer. Terence Dickinson covers all the problems beginners face, starting with the fact that the night sky does not look the way a modern city-dweller expects. He discusses light pollution, how to choose binoculars and telescopes, how to pronounce the names of stars and constellations, telescope mounts, averted vision and why the Harvest Moon looks especially bright. Most of the lovely photographs in the book were taken by amateurs, which gives the section on astrophotography a particularly inspirational gleam.

Dickinson's star charts are very handy, each covering a reasonable field of view and mapping the most interesting amateur objects. He gives good advice for planet watching, which he notes "is one of the few astronomical activities that can be conducted almost as well from the city as from dark rural locations."

Altogether, the maxim for Nightwatch is indeed "practical": this is a book to be used, not just read. Spiral-bound to lie flat or to fold back undamaged, this is a field guide that pulls its own weight in the field. Author Timot hy Ferris says, "Like a good night sky, Nightwatch is clear and wind-free". Try it and see for yourself." --Mary Ellen Curtin,


Nightwatch is an ideal first book for the backyard astronomer. It is an ideal second book too, one that will grow along with the observer's skill.--Chet Raymo "Sky and Telescope " A great all-round astronomy guide.--Glenn Chaple"Astronomy" (12/01/2002) One of the top stargazing guides in the English language, gives novices just the right information to feed their curiosity.--Canadian Living (12/01/2002) An accessible reference for all amateur astronomers ... Packed with practical information.--Astronomy Magazine Easily the best in its field. ... Highly recommended for all libraries.-- (04/01/1999) Dickinson ensures that his guide will retain its position as a classic.--Library Review Terence Dickinson's new edition of Nightwatch is an excellent resource for aspiring astronomers and astrophotographers.--Outdoor Photographer Highly recommended as the best of its kind.--Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canad One of the best all-around general astronomy books .... The text is simple to understand and has just enough of a 'gee-whiz' tone. ... [It will also] provide good cloudy night reading and encourage exploration.--Air and Space A fine beginner's guide to observational astronomy.--Astronomical Society of the Pacific This is a book you can confidently recommend to anyone who is just starting out in astronomy.--Astronomical League Absolutely the best book for beginners.--Library Journal (05/01/2003) Wonderful book. Great pictures... a classic. The kind of guide that takes you by the hand and leads you to all the good stuff.-- (04/11/2005) I've been reading astronomy guides since Jimmy Carter was in office, and I believe I've found the best beginners book ever. That's a strong claim, but "NightWatch" by Terrence Dickinson is nothing short of awesome.-- (05/14/2005) The premier book for new and seasoned astronomers alike.--McCook Daily Gazette (12/11/2013)

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