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Exploring the night sky with binoculars
Moore, Patrick.
Personal Author:
Fourth edition.
Publication Information:
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2000.
Physical Description:
vi, 213 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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Central Library QB63 .M63 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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On a clear, starry night, the jewelled beauty and unimaginable immensity of our universe is awe-inspiring. Star-gazing with binoculars is rewarding and may begin a lifelong hobby! Patrick Moore has painstakingly researched Exploring the Night Sky with Binoculars to describe how to use binoculars for astronomical observation. He explains basic astronomy and the selection of binoculars, then discusses the stars, clusters, nebulae and galaxies that await the observer. The sky seen from both the northern and southern hemispheres is charted season by season, with detailed maps of all the constellations. The reader can also observe the Sun, Moon, planets, comets and meteors. With many beautiful illustrations, this handbook will be helpful and encouraging to casual observers and those cultivating a more serious interest. The enjoyment of amateur astronomy is now available to everybody.

Author Notes

Patrick Moore was born on March 4, 1923. He is one of the most prolific authors of popular astronomy books. He began publishing astronomy books in 1950 and has been extremely active ever since.

He is director of the lunar section of the British Astronomical Association and was director of the Armagh Planetarium in Northern Ireland from 1965 to 1968. Moore has been the host of a television program, "The Sky at Night," which appeared first on BBC in April 1957. He was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1968 for his work in astronomy.

Patrick Moore died December 9, 2012.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

1 The night sky
2 Binoculars of many kinds
3 Among the stars
4 Double stars and variable stars
5 Clusters, nebulae and galaxies
6 Stars of the seasons
7 The constellations
8 The sun and its eclipses
9 Lunar landscapes
10 The planets
11 Comets and shooting stars
12 Summing-up
A note on metrication

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