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Amherst Media Book: Nightwatch, Fourth Edition

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  • By Terence Dickenson

Nightwatch, Fourth Edition is a most user friendly book that covers everything. The beginner is led from the basic understanding of stars and planets to reading star charts. The intermediate astronomer is also catered to with a wealth of sky maps. Each new step is followed with diagrams, that proves visual aiding in quick comprehension. Nightwatch makes learning astronomy fun and educational for all ages.

Table of Contents

1. Discovering the Cosmos
2. The Universe in Eleven Steps
3. Backyard Astronomy
4. Stars for All Seasons
5. Stargazing Equipment
6. Probing the Depths
7. The Planets
8. Moon and Sun
9. Solar and Lunar Eclipses
10. Comets, Meteors, and Auroras
11. Photographing the Night Sky
12. Resources

Subject Astronomy
Author Terence Dickinson
Edition 4th
Hard/Soft Cover Hard
Pages 160
Dimensions 10" x 10" (254 x 254mm)
Illustrations Over 100 full color photographs
ISBN Number 1552093026
Publisher Amherst Media
Date Published 11/98

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Amherst MediaBook: Nightwatch, Fourth Edition
 
4.5

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    • Astronomy (4)
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    4.0

    Very Useful

    By Jane the Traveler

    from Kampala, Uganda

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Many Nice Images
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Needs Some Updating
    • No Equatorial Sky Maps

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy
    • Learning Amateur Astronom

    Comments about Amherst Media Book: Nightwatch, Fourth Edition:

    I bought Nightwatch as part of a package of gifts for my husband for his birthday, including a new Celestron telescope. It's nicely put together, and I really like the 11 step description of what's beyond earth, which includes interpretive depictions of progressive expansion of the space past our planet as far as the known universe. It gives you a good sense of what's out there and where things are, how far away, etc. It also has lots of other very useful basic information, from a star and constellation pronunciation guide, including definitions of their names, which are mostly in Greek and Arabic, to guidance on how to use your hands and fingers to measure apparent celestial distances. Some key drawbacks: although it is on its 3rd edition and 8th printing, which was in 2011, it does not recognize Pluto's revised classification as a dwarf planet or show knowledge of newer telescopes and equipment that are on the market now. We are also using the new telescope along the equator, and there are no equatorial sky maps included. I'm interested to see northern, southern and equatorial (polar would be cool, too) sky maps. I think with continued updates, the book will have a lot of longevity for amateur astronomers, and in any case, I'm very much enjoying and learning from it now. I give it a 4 just because it could be further updated.

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    5.0

    Excellent book,easy to use, informative.

    By Vinny T.

    from Long Island, N.Y.

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

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    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Easy to Use
    • Good Reference
    • Great Value

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      • Astronomy

      Comments about Amherst Media Book: Nightwatch, Fourth Edition:

      Great tool for the amateur astronomer.Nice photos, illustrations,star maps,Etc.Easy reading.The author is very knowledgeable.

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      5.0

      Very friendly

      By Florencia

      from Raleigh, NC

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

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      • Easy To Use

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        • Astronomy

        Comments about Amherst Media Book: Nightwatch, Fourth Edition:

        I bought this guide together with a new telescope. I have found it very friendly. Easier than other guides I have seen before.
        I am a beginner and I use it frequently.

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        4.0

        Nightlife gave me life

        By Note

        from Washington, DC

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          • Astronomy

          Comments about Amherst Media Book: Nightwatch, Fourth Edition:

          The Nightlife is very way to read and understand the astronomy for beginners. With nice colorful pictures make it more interesting book to read

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