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Touring the universe through binoculars
Harrington, Philip S.
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Publication Information:
New York : Wiley, [1990]

Physical Description:
ix, 294 pages ; 26 cm.
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QB64 .H37 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This comprehensive work takes you on a personal tour of the universe using nothing more than a pair of binoculars. More comprehensive than any book currently available, it starts with Earth's nearest neighbor, the moon, and then goes on to explore each planet in the solar system, asteroids, meteors, comets and the sun. Following this, the reader is whisked away into deep space to explore celestial bodies including stars that are known and many sights less familiar. The final chapter includes a detailed atlas of deep-sky objects visible through binoculars. The appendices include guidance on how to buy, care for and maintain astronomical binoculars, tips and hints on using them, and detailed information on several home-made binocular mounts.

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Booklist Review

Amateur astronomers with either binoculars or small telescopes will find this guidebook invaluable in locating stars, planets, and other wonders of the night sky. Harrington describes the value of using binoculars for their wide-angle view, improved perception through both eyes, and lower power, which allow for scanning the moon or locating tiny spots of light in deep space, and he offers tips that will improve the observer's chances of viewing interesting objects. Included are charts and tables specifying special events, such as occultations, eclipses, and meteor showers. Harrington also extensively reviews stars by name, constellations, and other space phenomena such as nebulas, variable stars, clusters, and galaxies. Technical details on binoculars, mountings, time conversions for observation, etc., are provided in the extensive appendixes. A fact-filled, eminently useful guide that serves as either a basic astronomy reference or valuable companion for stargazers. To be indexed. ~--George Hampton

Library Journal Review

Many works for amateur astronomers emphasize the use of telescopes, but this book shows the wealth of astronomical work that can be done with binoculars. Relegating technical details on binoculars to appendixes, Harrington, a freelance astronomy writer, introduces the reader to the solar system, stars, galaxies, and nebulae in general. He then provides a constellation-by-constellation survey, providing data on the most view-worthy deep-sky objects visible through binoculars. Throughout the book, the author carefully and consistently notes the capabilities and limitations of binoculars. Strongly recommended for public and academic libraries.-- Jack W. Weigel, Univ. of Michigan Lib., Ann Arbor (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Why Binoculars?
The Moon
The Planets
Minor Members of the Solar System
The Sun
Stellar Happenings
A Survey of the Night Sky