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Skywatching: The Ultimate Guide to the Universe Hardcover – 1 Aug 2005

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; 2Rev Ed edition (1 Aug. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000719921X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007199211
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 2.6 x 28.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 256,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the beginning of time, humans have turned their eyes sky-ward with curiosity, awe, and wonder. To the ancients, the heavens were the abode of the gods. Todays astronomers, professional and amateur alike, may use sophisticated instruments to explore the sky – but they are as fascinated by the challenge of understanding the universe as the skywatchers who preceded them.

'Skywatching' is an accessible yet authoritative guide to the heavens. Under the expert guidance of a renowned astronomer, we tour our immediate Solar System – Sun, Moon, and planets – and venture into deep space, the realm of the stars, galaxies, and nebulae. Here too are up-to-date tables and diagrams, practical advice on basic tools and techniques, and detailed constellation charts, along with a magnificent gallery of colour images.

More than a lavish reference source, 'Skywatching' offers everything you will need to embark on your own personal adventure of discovery.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

DAVID LEVY has discovered 21 comets since 1984 – eight from his own backyard and 13 others as part of the Shoemaker-Levy team at Palomar. He also writes a column for 'Sky and Telescope', is the author of eight books, and the winner of the 1993 Amateur Achievement Award, which recognized his contribution in the field of astronomy.

DR JOHN O’BYRNE lectures in the School of Physics at Sydney University. He has a broad range of theoretical interests and is a Secretary of the Astronomical Society of Australia.

WIL TIRION drew the sky maps and constellation charts for this publication. He started making star atlases as a hobby in1977 and in 1983 he became a full-time sky cartographer.

ROBERT BURNHAM has been an amateur since the late 1950s. His main interests revolve around observing the Moon and planets by telescope but he also enjoys reading about cosmology. An active amateur geologist and birder, he is at present the Editor in Chief of 'Astronomy' magazine.


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This is a brilliant hardcover publication. I originally had the older version of this book as a teenager in the 90's when I knew nothing about astronomy but I lent it to someone and haven't seen it for over 5 years so for the price decided to buy myself another copy.

The first half of the book takes you through the history and current techniques of astronomy and skywatching. The centre of the book contains 12 star charts which represent the whole sky at your latitude at different times of the day (night) and year. The back half of the book details all the constellations (northern and southern hemispheres) and the most useful things about this is it actually points out the points of interest that are visible to the eye, visible through binoculars and also visible through a telescope in each constellation.

It is both an interesting read on cloudy nights and immensely helpful in planning your viewing schedule.

And at a used price of less than £4 here on Amazon you cannot go wrong. A worthy addition to any astronomer's library.
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I have bought 4 copies of this book now because it is so informative to an 'amateur'. It explains basic astronomy in simple terms. Every time I lend my copy to anyone, they don't give it back which is why I keep having to replace it! Be warned, if you buy this don't lend it to anyone!
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This is an excellent and informative book with loads of pictures and easy to understand explanations. I bought to go with my husband's telescope I got him for Christmas and its's a perfect accompaniament. Could have done with a bot more about the planets but otherwise perfect.
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A must for anyone with an interest in the night sky. Whatever your knowledge there's something here for you. Highly recommended
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