- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Alfred A Knopf (April 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0679779981
- ISBN-13: 978-0679779988
- Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 1 x 10.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,895,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Cons Tellations of the Northern Sky (National Audubon Society pocket guides) Paperback – 1 Apr 1995
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About the Author
MARK R. CHARTRAND served as the Executive Director of the National Space Institute--now called the National Space Society--from 1980 to 1984. He received his Ph.D. in Astronomy from Case Western Reserve University.WIL TIRION is a reknowned Dutch uranographer. He is the author of Sky Atlas 2000.0. GARY MECHLER holds a Ph.D. in Astronomy from Case Western Reserve University. He teaches at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona.
Top Customer Reviews
Because of its small size, it is limited to only the brightest stars and objects, but there is plenty detail for star hopping to interesting objects with the aid of a pair of binoculars. It is not a substitute for a serious field guide and star atlas, but begginers will find plenty to look for with this and more experienced stargazers will appreciate its convenience.
This book is a good way to learn your way around the sky. Remember, it takes some practice to learn how to read a star map and mentally rotate and project it onto the curved night sky. You get better at this with practice. I also suggest you get a small flashlight with a red filter.
Beginners wishing to learn constellations may also wish to consult Levitt and Marshall's classic "Star Maps for Begginers", which has much less cartographic detail (perhaps an advantage for learning the constellations). This book is much more useful on an ongoing basis, however.