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Philip's Astronomy Starter Pack Paperback – 7 Nov 2011

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Product details

  • Paperback: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Philip's (7 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184907187X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849071871
  • Product Dimensions: 29.8 x 1 x 29.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 279,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

An essential starter pack for newcomers to astronomy and stargazing, suitable for use in the Northern Hemisphere. Features the new Philip's 51.5 degrees North planisphere that 'glows in the dark' - a practical and fun starfinder for identifying the stars and constellations. Includes the 80-page paperback Philip's Exploring Stars and Planets - a stimulating introduction to astronomy, full of fascinating facts and figures about the Universe, written by Ian Ridpath. Plus an attractive folded wall poster illustrating the planets and other bodies in the Solar System, with informative text and tables.

About the Author

Ian Ridpath is a full-time writer, broadcaster and lecturer on astronomy. He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and a member of the Association of British Science Writers. A former editor of Popular Astronomy, he is a regular contributor to Astronomy Now. Ian Ridpath's many books include Collins Guide to Stars and Planets, Gem Stars and The Monthly Sky Guide. He is also the editor of the highly respected Norton's Star Atlas - a must-have publication for most practical astronomers - and the Oxford Dictionary of Astronomy.

Wil Tirion, who lives in the Netherlands, is the most highly regarded cartographer of celestial maps and charts in the world today.


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I've been studying astronomy for a year now, in uni, and have shown some interest in the subject for some time before that. The book in this astronomy pack is excellent. It's planetary science and astronomy in a nutshell. Very nicely illustrated and beautifully edited, with plenty of images that go well with the text and reinforce the message. Interesting factoids here and there. Nice quiz at the back. Immersive in every respect. The planishpere is brilliant. I'd had one from a MOOC on Orion, but it pales in comparison to this. I ordered this specifically because it's a glow-in-the-dark planishpere, and I'm happy I did so. Remember to keep it close to a light bulb for a few seconds before using it, though. The poster is fab. It's on the wall in my study, above a poster I paid tens of pounds to have, and it wasn't even accurate. I recommend this wholeheartedly.
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If you plan to buy a planisphere, then get this.
If you don't need the poster and book then give them to a younger member of the family or the local school.
It may be the spark that triggers the 'Patrick Moore' of 20-30 years time.
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This pack is great. I bought it for geeky boyfriend and was a bit worried it might be too simple - it is in places, which suits me! But it's great as the star charts and planisphere are complicated enough to soothe even his geeky nature. Would suit children too (or me!) as the poster and planet by planet info is easy to understand and informative. I would say that this is a really good all rounder for everyone to take something from.
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My wife bought me a very nice telescope from s locsl retailer for my birthday. Unfortunately it didn't come with a planisphere and the retailer who the stocks more than 60 different telescopes didnt sell planesheres either.
I found this package on Amazon, it's simple, easy to read and understand and good value.
Abover all it makes a good buy.
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The only negative I have with this item is that the book does tend to repeat itself a few times. I felt like i read the same thing more than once. I would say its written more with children in mind to a point, but I did find it informative and would recommend it for a beginner. The included Planisphere is excellent. I had an older Planisphere which I liked but this is bigger and glows in the dark (useful!).
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Fine astronomy resource.

The excellent enclosed Philip's Glow-in-the-Dark Planisphere can easily cost more than this pack on its own, but in addition there is a good book and a wall chart.

I am pretty sure anyone will be delighted with this pack at the price.
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planisphere alone almost costs the same as this pack, the book and poster are great and inspire others to explore the skys
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Good for beginners to astronomy. Planisphere is good too. What disappointed me was that the sleeve in which all is stored in was not glued together so had to to be re stuck before giving as a gift. Oddly enough, the poster DID have glue on it so tore a hole when it was opened. Spoiled what would have been a great gift for a ten year old.
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