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The Stargazer's Notebook Diary – 3 Oct 2013

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Product details

  • Diary: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln (3 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711234787
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711234789
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.6 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 598,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr Paul Abel is an astronomer, mathematician and a co-presenter on the BBC’s The Sky at Night. Paul has written for many popular astronomy magazines promoting amateur astronomy and the science that amateurs can contribute to the field. He regularly gives talks to various astronomical societies and speaks at astronomical events.

Amateur astronomy has played an enormous role in his life; in his words “I wasn’t just bitten by the astronomy bug, but completely savaged by it!” Since a young age he has been interested in astronomy; an enthusiasm fuelled by Sir Patrick Moore, with whom he communicated from the age of 12.  It was at Sir Patrick’s request that he joined the BBC’s The Sky at Night team in 2009.

Paul has an observatory in his garden (or converted garden shed, to give it its real name), which houses his telescope. From there he makes frequent observations of the Moon and the planets. He is a visual observer and prefers to draw what he sees and records his own observations in log books.

Dr Abel is currently an Astronomer in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Leicester, where he teaches and looks into the mysteries of Hawking Radiation. He trained as a mathematician, and his PhD is in an area of Theoretical Physics concerned with evaporating black holes.

Paul is currently assistant director of the Saturn section of the British Astronomical Association, and a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.

 

 


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After reading other reviews I got the impression that this was some kind of book giving useful tips on improving your observations and 100s of forms to record them.

Well, no tips. It tells you how to use the observing forms, of which there are only 45. There are a lot of pages to record your wish lists and thoughts... The back has a useful table of what the constellation names mean.

The forms will come in handy, but having paid nearly £7 for pages with circles on and a place to record standard details, I could of just continued using free forms off the net. I wouldn't want to pay £11 for it, as if you do a few observations a night it may only last a month or two at most.

The only thing going for it is it is a nicely bound book which you can draw up neat copies of observations in and look back at them in the future.
Would not buy if I knew the true nature of the book.
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Useful book for documenting your observation runs - a much needed respite from the glossy astrophotography books, gently reminding us that astronomy is the recording and logging of observations and not chasing the next submission to the APOD.
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Todd8137 Tibshelf Astronomy Group ,i brought this for the observatory to record what we had seen and to keep a log,the first few pages give handy tips for both novice and experienced alike theres lots of handy tips ,and most of all the pages to record what you see
Pro's light weight 100s of log forms ,tips and hints just the right size
Cons,not found any yet
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Everyone who observes the night sky should have this book, to record each session, it also has tips and information which are very useful.
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