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"Five Stars" - by Brenda Cooper
GOOD QUALITY, VERY INTERESTING

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"A wide ranging tour of stars and scientific controversy" - by Richard W. Tweedy (Cheltenham, UK)
Sirius - the brightest star in the night sky - has been a source of continual fascination to humans. Four thousand years ago, the ancient Egyptians regulated their calendars according to its first appearance each year in the morning sky. More recently, in the nineteenth century, astronomers were perplexed by the star's odd movement: they eventually deduced that this must be caused by a dark, dense companion - but the exact nature of it defied understanding for many decades, being much more bizarre than could have been guessed. The story of Sirius is therefore very wide ranging, from pre-history down the ages to many of the most intriguing mysteries and problems of stellar astronomy.

Jay Holberg is superbly qualified to guide the reader through this story, having studied the Sirius system for many years, and being a co-author of the definitive research paper on the white dwarf companion. The greatest strength ... full review

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"Absolutely fascinating and approachable description of the technology used to get Apollo spacecraft to the moon and back" - by Mr. C Bell (Tiverton, Devon)
If you want to know how Apollo actually worked, then this is the book for you.

Without descending into arcane technicalities (the book does not contain a single equation) the author manages to describe the key aspects of the Apollo spacecraft: their construction, how they were propelled, how they were navigated, how they achieved rendezvous in orbit, how they communicated, their life support systems, and much more.

The book is well written, and is not just a technical tome. Snippets of dialogue between astronauts and ground are included to illustrate particular points of interest, and the humour and courage often shine through. The author also does a good job of explaining how it was a combined effort of everyone who designed, built and administered Apollo that got it to the moon; not just astronauts and the mission control specialists.

As a professional engineer I have often wondered how various aspects of ... full review

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"A very good book." - by Nestor
A very good book: everything you want to know about how to build settlements on the Moon. A very good technical level but still accessible. Some of the main chapters:
- The lunar environment
- Habitat studies
- Structural design of a lunar habitat
- Thermal design
- Seismic design
- Reliability and damage
This book is a top level quality book from Springer PRAXIS: well printed with good quality color and black and white photographs and drawings.

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"Five Stars" - by Mr. G. Shanks (Coatbridge, Scotland)
Excellent - right from the basics

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"Soviet Robots in the Solar System" - by Amazon Customer (Norfolk UK)
Most of us living in the West have grown up with the excitement and thrill of the American space programme. How many people alive today have not heard of NASA? The acronym is synonymous with space exploration. The reasons are many, but one of the key factors is that NASA is a non military organization; it needs public support to function. It requires publicity.

In comparison the Soviet Union's space programme was controlled by the military and was shrouded in secrecy. Successful missions were announced, failures often kept classified. One might be surprised then by the number of Soviet achievements; first artificial satellite, first animal in space, first human in space, first woman in space, first spacewalk, first lunar impact, first lunar orbit, first image of the far side of the moon, first lunar soft landing, first robotic rover, first planetary probe, first planetary landing to list a few.

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"Binocular Astronomy or Telescope" - by Peter C (Sevenoaks UK)
The author, Stephen Tonkin, is a recognised authority on Astronomy and (having attended a lecture of his) I can recommend his knowledge, humour and power to entertain. His book demonstrates those characteristics and is most informative on how to get the most out of binocular "star gazing". I am a keen astronomer and have found the attraction of binocular viewing irresistible. Moreover the latter part of his book gives an excellent guide to star recognition - the best I have seen apart from "Sky at Night" magazine inserts.

I still use a telescope but find binoculars ideal for a quick dash to catch the moon, planets and stars - during a brief gap in the clouds! They are also ideal when that gap appears and you are near an upstairs window. The landing window makes an ideal opportunistic viewing spot.

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"A basic introduction to archeoastronomy." - by J. Smith (UK)
A simple and well written guide to the beliefs and ideas, the movements and mythology of sun, moon and stars. This book provides a good foundation for further study.

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"An excellent book covering all the basics necessary for getting started with a diverse array of interesting amateur projects" - by Lynn
I almost wonder if the 1-star reviewer read the same book as I. Not all parts of this book may be for everyone, but for those looking to move beyond "pretty picture" astrophotography and start doing some science, this is an excellent book. It assumes little prior knowledge in this particular area and explains the techniques involved and the science behind them in clear language. After reading this - and perhaps trying out several projects - the reader will have a good idea which area(s) he/she finds interesting enough to pursue further. Obviously, a 260 page book cannot get into too much depth when describing 10 different areas for possible research, but this book will get people started off well. The reader will be left with a good understanding of what is involved - and more importantly, what is possible - with amateur equipment, and how he/she can make a ... full review

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"Astrophysics solves mysteries in reality" - by Mr. C. G. M. Mason (UK)
Superb book gifted to a local artist who headed up a local society for many many years. Whilst teaching other artists he made reference to this book as his 'special book' and now many of his students want to but it too.
I read Astrophysics at Uni and relate to the enquiring mind of the author, the application of astrophysics in the stories is really clever and the level of understanding required is also kept at low level to appeal to the masses.

A great book :)

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"Technically impeccable" - by D. Baker (Cambridge UK)
If you want a quick and sensational, attention-grabbing story of the beginning of America's two-man Gemini programme, do not buy this book. But if you want to start a journey as author Dave Shayler walks you through the most detailed account of 12 extraordinary missions during the mid-1960s, then this is the one for you. Surely the definitive account of the Gemini programme, precursor to Apollo and the defining series of enabling missions mounted by NASA, this is the first in a series of books in which the reader will get to understand how the spacecraft worked and what these separate missions accomplished.

Dave Shayler is a well-known space historian and Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society where he is a member of the organisation's Council. His search for factual accuracy is unprecedented and his engaging style is infectious. While NASA has sponsored many US government publications on Gemini, the spacecraft ... full review

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"Beautifully presented" - by Amazon Customer
Its a real pleasure to see a clearly laid out undergraduate-oientated introduction to GR hich is predominantly aimed at those with a mathematical background. Consequently it is uncluttered and easy to follow.Most importantly the guidance notes on the solutions are a dream especially for students self-studying who do not have access to a tutor.

I can see myself using this and referring to it frequently.Definitely an instant favourite. A great start point for further and higher studies in GR and theoretical/mathematical physics.

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"In depth astronomy text book" - by A. J. S. White (Newmarket England)
Scandinavian in its authorship and in its thoroughness. I bought it as support for an American text book for a distance learning astronomy course. It is well presented and clear, but quite dense with lots of mathematics. Excellent for my purposes but not a book to sit down and read. Like most text books it is quite expensive, though. The quality of the paper and the print is borderline acceptable for the price.

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"Great reference for the suburban astronomy enthusiast" - by Neil Moses
Great practical guide for the suburban astronomy enthusiast. This book has re-kindled (no pun intended) my enthusiasm in a hobby from my youth when skies were a lot less light-polluted. Lots of useful information about equipment and key sky objects.

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"Great Boook with many real world case studies" - by Dr. Thomas Voegel (UK)
This book gives an excellent introduction why and how to build or buy an observatory.

It starts with the description and discussion of pros and cons of various types of equipment (mounts, telescopes and imaging).

The basic concepts for amateur observatories are explained and illustrated by many pictures.

Finally a comprehensive section with many real world examples inspires to build an own observatory.