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on 2 December 2008
I bought this book so I would not have to pay for the Level 1 course in Astronomy. It starts at a very basic level (suggesting, for example, that it will introduce a new way to write lots of zeros in a number in the second chapter).

It also keeps referring to "IC", which I clearly don't have, with no reference to what "IC" is. Example: "If you look at plate 3 in IC, you will clearly see a pinkish hue".

Apart from this, it does, so far, look like a good introduction to astronomy, which is, after all, what it is supposed to be. So no qualms with the book, but I think it would be enhanced by doing the actual course and having all materials on hand. Consider this before purchasing it on its own.
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on 26 October 2011
I don't know what IC is, however it must either be on the CD rom or website for the course:
The course is based on a specially written Open University (OU) course book and a website, together with a CD-ROM and a planisphere. The planisphere allows you to identify the brightest stars and constellations visible at any given time, as well as find the locations of the planets and the times of sunset and sunrise. The CD-ROM contains an image gallery with detailed captions explaining the image contents, which is central to the course, and some free computer software including a planetarium. The course book provides questions and activities to help you to test your understanding. You can also use these for self-assessment as you progress through the course.
(taken from website for the course: [...])
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