The Backyard Astronomer's Guide

The Backyard Astronomer's Guide

Book rating: 05 Hardback

By (author) Terence Dickinson, By (author) Alan Dyer

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  • Publisher: FIREFLY BOOKS LTD
  • Format: Hardback | 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 234mm x 294mm x 40mm | 1,760g
  • Publication date: 12 September 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Ontario
  • ISBN 10: 1554073448
  • ISBN 13: 9781554073443
  • Edition: 3, Revised
  • Edition statement: 3rd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 500 full colour photographs
  • Sales rank: 41,242

Product description

"The modern classic, completely updated." The newest edition of The Backyard Astronomer's Guide includes the latest data and answers the questions most often asked by home astronomers, from beginners to experienced stargazers. Terence Dickinson and Alan Dyer provide expert guidance on the right types of telescopes and other equipment; photographing the stars through a telescope; and star charts, software and other references. They cover daytime and twilight observing, planetary and deep-sky observing, and much more. With over 500 color photographs and illustrations, The Backyard Astronomer's Guide is one of the most valuable, beautiful and user-friendly astronomy books ever produced. New and updated for this edition: "A 20-page full-color Atlas of the Milky Way" provides location and context for hundreds of celestial objects mentioned throughout the book. "A chapter on Astrophotography with Digital Cameras" specifies what equipment works best and how to use it to collect a color gallery of celestial portraits. "Telescopes for Recreational Astronomy" features assessments of a wide range of new telescopes, from models for beginners to those for veteran astronomy enthusiasts, with special emphasis on computerized telescopes and how they work. "Accessory Catalog" spotlights the best of the accessories and flags the frivolous and irrelevant. "Three practical appendices" Polar Aligning Your Telescope; Optics Cleaning and Collimation; Testing Your Telescope Optics. Any serious home astronomer must have this superb guide as an ongoing reference.

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Author information

Terence Dickinson is the author of "Night Watch" and 13 other astronomy books, among them "The Universe and Beyond," "Summer Stargazing" and "Exploring the Night Sky." He is also editor of "SkyNews." Alan Dyer is program producer at the Calgary Science Centre Planetarium and a contributing editor to "Sky and Telescope" magazine. An authority on commercial telescopes, his reviews of astronomical equipment appear regularly in major astronomy magazines.

Customer reviews

By Paul Byrne 04 Oct 2013 5

An excellent book that doesn't focus on one hemisphere or the other. Full of introductory and detailed information alike, I have found this book enjoyable to read as a beginner with binoculars and to understand which telescopes to AVOID as well as worthwhile.

It is a pragmatic book, which acknowledges that real astronomy and promises on telescope packages can differ and hence raise disappointment: thus it helps you to realise what you should spend money on, and perhaps - its best to stay with binoculars to start with before buying a telescope not worthy of your money.

Having said that it does recommend excellent scopes and extra resources - BUY THIS BOOK before you by anything else.

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Dickinson and Dyer provide considerable information that amateur astronomers will appreciate... Complementing the informative text are hundreds of colour photographs and illustrations as well as a 20-page, full-colour atlas of the Milky Way that includes 10 charts. This revised and expanded third edition will be of interest to serious amateur astronomers.--Glenn Perrett"" (10/02/2010)