The Amateur Astronomer Patrick Moore
ISBN: 1852338784, 9781852338787
From Publishers Weekly
In this first revised edition of astronomer Moore's 1957 classic guide, amateur astronomers will find everything they need to know to begin fruitfully and enjoyably viewing celestial objects. The author discusses types of telescopes and their flaws, how to care for instruments and use them to best advantage. He describes not only the pleasures that amateurs can obtain from astronomy but the serious scientific work they can perform as well, particularly in planetary astronomy, an area few professionals now study. Moore also weaves together the history of astronomy with recent findings of astrophysics and satellite mapping. The invaluable appendixes include star and lunar surface maps, dates and times of upcoming solar and lunar eclipses, the scientific names of constellations and major stars. Photos. Macmillan Library of Science main selection. Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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From the reviews of the twelfth edition:
"The Amateur Astronomer is aimed at both novice and experienced amateur, although evidently biased towards the former. … should be mandatory reading for anyone thinking of buying a first telescope. … We find here useful statistical data, cartographies, catalogues, and notes relevant to the owners of small to medium telescopes. … Now approaching 50 years old … this 12th edition continues the book’s long tradition of providing an invaluable handbook for those requiring a broad introduction to amateur astronomy. A classic; absolutely recommended." (Steve Ringwood, Astronomy Now, June 2005)
"Classic text that covers the basics of all the major areas of astronomical observing, from lunar and planetary studies to observing and measuring double and variable stars. The high-quality black & white illustrations and images in this book bring together the old and the new in a way that is refreshingly different. … This highly recommended book will have pride of place on my bookshelf and I will continue to dip in and out of it for many years to come." (Neil English, Astronomy and Space, January, 2007)MORE EBOOKS: