With 250,000 copies in print since its initial publication in 1983, NightWatch has become a standard reference guide for stargazers throughout North America. The new Third Edition expands on that success with a completely revised and updated text, more than 100 new color photos and diagrams and 16 additional pages that cover such! new ...Read MoreWith 250,000 copies in print since its initial publication in 1983, NightWatch has become a standard reference guide for stargazers throughout North America. The new Third Edition expands on that success with a completely revised and updated text, more than 100 new color photos and diagrams and 16 additional pages that cover such! new astronomical pursuits as computerized telescopes, reviews of new telescope designs and accessories, and astronomy on the Internet. All charts, tables and diagrams have been updated and, in some cases, redesigned for easier use. Improved spacecraft measurements of the distances to the stars (recently released by the European Space Agency) are included in the charts, along with additional observing tips for stargazers using binoculars and telescopes. An expanded chapter on Astrophotography lists the best modern films and cameras for skyshooting. The new NightWatch is faithful to the "ultra-simplified, no jargon" philosophy of the original, and at the same time, offers substantially more practical information for the novice and intermediate-level amateur astronomer. The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada called the first edition "the best of its kind"- the new Third Edition is better still. It is still an abundantly illustrated, wide-sized volume designed for easy reference during many starlit nights.Read Less
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For newcomers & veterans alike, T Dickinson doesn't disappoint. A very thorough book for all astronomers and aspiring astronomers.
Mar 27, 2008
The Best Intro to Astronomy Book?
This is one of or perhaps the absolute best introduction to Astronomy book. The first part of the book is "coffee table" quality with wonderful text and pictures about what is out there beyond earth. Then comes the night sky navigation section with maps for the seasons and great maps about individual constellations. The unique thing here is he lists details of objects right on the maps. This makes looking at the night sky much more fun.
If you want to introduce a person or friend to Astronomy with a gift, this book is far better than a telescope. With the section on gear, it will save you more than the price of the book when you decide to purchase Astronomy gear.
Dec 11, 2007
just the best
Well, perhaps I'm not very expert in astronomy, but I can tell you that I've read a lot about it, and when I started reading Nightwatch I was fasinated by the easiness of the explaining method. If you are new in the field you'll adore it and you will start stargazing in the same night. And if you are searching for an introduction book to amateur astronomy, then this is your best friend. The 2ed chapter is a marvelous way to understand the universe, and the 4th will give you the very simple way to understand and keep in mind star constillations. then with every chapter you'll like astronomy more and more....You'll like the last excellent updated edition with its high quality images taken by amateur astronomers. I'd recommend this book before buying any astronomy equipments, or even before starting stargazing. The auther gives us his long life experience in just one book.
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