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The Stars (The Universe) Hardcover – 1 Jan 1988

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Heinemann Young Books (Jan. 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0333441710
  • ISBN-13: 978-0333441718
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 19.3 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,299,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

The Gem Night Sky was first published in 1985 to provide star maps of all 78 constellations with descriptions given of the main components of each constellation. In this new edition the text has been updated and redesigned and the mapping remains unchanged.

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About the Author

Ian Ridpath and Wil Tirion are authors of the Collins Pocket Guide to Stars and Planets and The Monthly Sky Guide (CUP). Ian is editor of Norton’s Star Atlas and the Oxford Dictionary of Astronomy, and author of Star Tales. Wil is author of Sky Atlas 2000.0.

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This guide is of immense depth and a very good value. A beginner will benefit from the 22 pages long Introduction explaining all the main astronomy terms. 18 detailed maps of the sky for both Northern and Southern latitudes are very helpful, too.

Articles on every constellation give essential information for both beginners and advanced astronomers. The articles are accompanied by very detailed maps showing all the neighbours of a certain constellation (so that you can easily find it in the sky) and also mentioning the interesting features you can see in your binoculars or telescope.

Plus there are many more helpful sections (e.g. a table of annual meteor showers) and a few beautiful photographs of galaxies and nebulae. The pocket size of the book (just 8x12 cm) makes it very light and easy to carry - a perfect reference book!
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I am just getting back into astronomy. I loved it as a child, but did not have the funds or opportunity to buy decent binoculars, let alone a decent telescope. Now I am older and have disposable income I have re-awakened my passion for the celestial night sky and can afford to get a much better (closer) look at it. I keep this book in my coat pocket and when I am out at night it helps me navigate the night sky with ease. If you only buy one astronomy book, this should be the one.
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This is a brilliant little book which will delight experienced amateur astronomers as well as beginners because along with the clear and concise text, there are excellent maps of the constellations by one of the world's leading celestial cartographers. It is a book every amateur should carry in the pocket of his observing suit!
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This little paperback may stand barely 5mm taller than your bog standard 330ml can of coke (and about as thick as a roll of polo mints), but it packs in a hell of alot of information.... with detailed charts of every constellation in the Northern & Southern hemisphere, and a bit of blurb about the hi-lights to accompany them.
If you're just starting out in Astronomy, I recommend this as one of the books to get you started on my Astronomy website... in addition to Astronomy (Kingfisher Pocket Guides) or Stargazing (Collins Need to Know?)
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This is a marvelous little book,and tremendous value.It is clear,concise and to the point(no room for waffle here!).It is ideal for beginners,as it requires no previous astronomical knowledge whatsoever,and guides you through all 88 constellations in alphabetical order.For more seasoned astro-observers,it supplies a surprisingly rich collection of celestial objects to whet the appetite.All this in a book that REALLY does fit in your pocket! Highly reccommended.
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Or dog-eared, or muddy, or lost. Easily fitting in the pocket this is a very practical little book that describes the sky, constellation by constellation (in alphabetical order - more helpful than the books that start with Ursa Minor and spiral down the globe to Octans). Stars are shown to mag 6 - less than the Cambridge Star Atlas at mag 6.5 - and the charts are not as attractive as that book (although also designed by Wil Tirion). However, this is far outweighed in the field by portability etc. Bright stars, doubles, nebulae are also described for each constellation.

The price is so reasonable that it would be daft not to buy it.
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Great, concise little guide to the constellations - I use it in conjunction with S&T's Pocket Sky Atlas, turn Left At Orion & Stellarium when observing. Quite a lot of information given its size. Good clear illustrations too.The Gem guide really IS a pocket edition so very easy to take with you anywhere. Highly recommend as a quick & useful refresher on each constellation.
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It was a Christmas gift and was well received. It arrived very quickly in good time to be wrapped up and hidden away. I bought it as a pocket sized book that can be carried around and consulted any time it is needed, and it does just that!
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