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Deep-sky observing : the astronomical tourist
Coe, Steven R., 1949-
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Publication Information:
London ; New York : Springer, 2002.

Physical Description:
viii, 373 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
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QB64 .C597 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Steve Coe has been watching the deep sky from locations near his home in Arizona for almost 20 years. During that time he has accumulated a wealth of knowledge, observations, hints and tips that will help every deep sky observer, regardless of experience.
This, his first book, gives detailed practical advice about how to find the best observing site, how to make the most of the time spent there, and what equipment and instruments to take along. There are comprehensive lists of deep sky objects of all kinds, along with Steve's own observations describing how they look through telescopes with apertures ranging from 8 to 36 inches (0.2 - 0.9 m).
Most of all, this book is all about how to enjoy astronomy. Steve's enthusiasm and sense of wonder shine through every page as he invites you along on a tour of some of the most beautiful and fascinating sites in the deep sky.

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Choice Review

Amateur astronomer Coe explains in stepwise fashion how to view deep-sky objects. Although most handbooks either focus on the details of telescopes or on the details of various deep-sky objects, this book includes just about everything. Coe manages to cover all that is needed to do a significant amount of viewing. There is even a discussion of appropriate attire; novices frequently underdress and are unprepared for the long hours of standing in the night air. What impressed this reviewer most about this book was how easy it was to read. Coe communicates the passion and just plain fun he finds in astronomy. After introductory sections on when and how to observe as well as advice on telescope selection, the bulk of the book describes deep-sky objects by type. A wide variety of objects are discussed with data, simple maps, and photographs provided for most. Included with each object description is how the object will appear using various telescope sizes, helpful since time is not wasted with a too-small device. Final sections of the book show how to view with binoculars, use a computer to aid in viewing, public sessions, and how to select references. A markedly superior handbook. General readers; lower-division undergraduates. E. Kincanon; Gonzaga University

Table of Contents

Who should read this book?
Why listen to me?
Choosing a site
How do I maximise my time while observing?
Taking notes
Finding my way
Galaxy groups
Open Clusters
Globular Clusters
Public Viewing Sessions
Further reading
A Magical Evening