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Wiley Publications Book: The 50 Best Sights in Astronomy & How to See Them by Fred Schaaf

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The night sky's perpetually fascinating for anyone choosing to simply look up and observe it, but with so much to see it can be difficult knowing where to begin.  The 50 Best Sights in Astronomy & How to See Them:  Observing Eclipses, Bright Comets, Meteor Showers, and Other Celestial Wonders by Fred Schaaf will help.  Schaaf introduces you to his 50 best sights in astronomy, and tells you exactly how to see them.  In short order, you'll learn how to find and appreciate the Orion group of constellations, the Summer Triangle, Venus/Jupiter/Mars, the best meteor showers, man-made satellites, star clusters, and more.

Schaaf presents the sights according to the field of view necessary to observe them; the first part of the book describes those things for which you'll only need your eyes, and the last part describes things where a telescope is necessary.  With concise descriptions and explanations of the visual wonders, your appreciation will deepen and your urge to explore will be enlightened.  There's also some basic information on astronomical observation, such as observing conditions, techniques, choosing telescopes, and making astronomical measurements.

Fred Schaaf has authored several astronomy books, and has two long-running features in Sky & Telescope magazine
Subject Astronomy
Author Fred Schaaf
Edition First
Hard/Soft Cover Paperback
Pages 288
Dimensions 7.5 x 9.1 x 0.7" (19.1 x 23.1 x 1.8cm)
Illustrations Yes
ISBN Number ISBN-10:  0471696579
ISBN-13:  9780471696575
Publisher Wiley
Date Published July 2007

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Comments about Wiley Publications Book: The 50 Best Sights in Astronomy & How to See Them by Fred Schaaf:

There are astronomical sights for all tastes and all budgets in this well written book. It starts with objects observable with the naked eye and ends with sights quite enjoyable through a medium sized telescope. Each sight is independent of the others, so the book does not have to be read in sequential order. Without being technical, the author nevertheless packs a fair amount of detail in his descriptions. Over and above the practical stuff, however, the author excels at whetting your appetite for astronomical sights and phenomena. His descriptions are often poetic, sometimes verging on the mystical. Beyond making you discover interesting and spectacular astronomical phenomena, this book will definitely contribute to the enrichment of your observational experience. Highly recommended!

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