The Backyard Astronomer's Guide

Author: Terence Dickinson,Alan Dyer

Publisher: Firefly Books Limited

ISBN: 9781554073443

Category: Nature

Page: 368

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Discusses the practical aspects of stargazing, including how to choose appropriate equipment, contending with light pollution, taking successful photographs of galaxies and nebulas, and selecting an observing site.
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The Backyard Astronomer’s Field Guide

How to Find the Best Objects the Night Sky has to Offer

Author: David Dickinson

Publisher: Page Street Publishing

ISBN: 1645670171

Category: Science

Page: 192

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David Dickinson, co-author of The Universe Today Guide to Viewing the Cosmos, has created the ultimate field guide for backyard astronomers. Whether you want to impress viewers at a star party, or learn what you can see with your new telescope, David shows you how to find the most impressive the night sky has to offer. Backyard astronomy has become more accessible through apps and technology, but they tend to be inaccurate and a source of frustration when trying to find objects with your telescope. With 44 sky charts and David’s expertise, it’s like having a pro-astronomer out in the field with you. Broken down by month and by hemisphere to ensure you get the best possible view, David shows you how to find objects like spiral galaxies, the 14th brightest star in the sky, and other stars that bring the “wow factor” to astronomy.
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Astronomy for Older Eyes

A Guide for Aging Backyard Astronomers

Author: James L. Chen

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319524135

Category: Science

Page: 236

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This book is for the aging amateur astronomy population, including newcomers to astronomy in their retirement and hobbyists who loved peering through a telescope as a child. Whether a novice or an experienced observer, the practice of astronomy differs over the years. This guide will extend the enjoyment of astronomy well into the Golden Years by addressing topics such as eye and overall health issues, recommendations on telescope equipment, and astronomy-related social activities especially suited for seniors. Many Baby-Boomers reaching retirement age are seeking new activities, and amateur astronomy is a perfect fit as a leisure time activity. Established backyard astronomers who began their love of astronomy in their youth, meanwhile, may face many physical and mental challenges in continuing their lifelong hobby as they age beyond their 55th birthdays. That perfect telescope purchased when they were thirty years old now suddenly at sixty years old feels like an immovable object in the living room. The 20/20 eyesight has given way to reading glasses or bifocals. Treasured eyepieces feel all wrong. Growing old is a natural process of life, but astronomy is timeless. With a little knowledge and some lifestyle adjustments, older astronomers can still enjoy backyard observing well into their seventies, eighties and even into their nineties.
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NightWatch

A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe

Author: Terence Dickinson

Publisher: Buffalo ; Richmond Hill, Ont. : Firefly Books

ISBN: 9781554071470

Category: Nature

Page: 192

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A reference guide for stargazers offers star charts and information on equipment, planets, and stellar photography.
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A Guide to Hubble Space Telescope Objects

Their Selection, Location, and Significance

Author: James L. Chen,Adam Chen

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319188720

Category: Science

Page: 244

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From the authors of "How to Find the Apollo Landing Sites," this is a guide to connecting the view above with the history of recent scientific discoveries from the Hubble Space Telescope. Each selected HST photo is shown with a sky map and a photograph or drawing to illustrate where to find it and how it should appear from a backyard telescope. Here is the casual observer's chance to locate the deep space objects visually, and appreciate the historic Hubble photos in comparison to what is visible from a backyard telescope. HST objects of all types are addressed, from Messier objects, Caldwell objects, and NGC objects, and are arranged in terms of what can be seen during the seasons. Additionally, the reader is given an historical perspective on the work of Edwin Hubble, while locating and viewing the deep space objects that changed astronomy forever. Countless people have seen the amazing photographs taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. But how many people can actually point out where in the sky those objects are? Why were these objects chosen to be studied? What discoveries were made from the Hubble Space Telescope photographs? This book is for anyone who wants answers to these questions.
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Summer Stargazing

A Practical Guide for Recreational Astronomers

Author: Terence Dickinson

Publisher: Willowdale, Ont. : Firefly Books

ISBN: N.A

Category: Nature

Page: 64

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A guide to observing the stars, planets, and other celestial phenomena from May to October includes star charts covering the entire North American sky
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Urban Astronomy

Author: Denis Berthier

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521531900

Category: Nature

Page: 107

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Light pollution has spread so much in the last few decades that it often compromises our view of the stars. It is becoming more and more difficult to find an observing site with clear, dark skies away from light and industrial pollution. However, with patience, some simple equipment, and by choosing the right targets to observe, amateur astronomers can still find observing from towns and cities a rewarding hobby. The result of thirty years of observing the night sky from within a city, Denis Berthier's practical guide will help amateur astronomers to enjoy their hobby without having to travel to distant sites, and without using complicated equipment or difficult techniques, enabling them to observe and photograph stars and planets as well as many other celestial objects.
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Asteroids and Dwarf Planets and How to Observe Them

Author: Roger Dymock

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9781441964397

Category: Science

Page: 248

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Dwarf planets (which were formerly called asteroids except for the planet Pluto), and the smaller Solar System bodies still called asteroids today, are making front page news, particularly those that are newly discovered and those that might present a hazard to life on Earth by impacting our planet. In this age of giant telescopes and space probes, these small Solar System bodies have advanced from being tiny points of light to bodies worthy of widespread study. This book describes the dwarf planets and asteroids themselves, their origins, orbits, and composition, and at how amateur astronomers can play a part in their detection, tracking, and imaging. The book is divided into two parts. Part I describes physical properties (including taxonomic types) of dwarf planets and asteroids, how they formed in the early life of the Solar System, and how they evolved to their present positions, groups, and families. It also covers the properties used to define these small Solar System bodies: magnitude, rotation rates (described by their light-curves), and orbital characteristics. Part II opens with a description of the hardware and software an amateur or practical astronomer needs to observe and also to image asteroids. Then numerous observing techniques are covered in depth. Finally, there are lists of relevant amateur and professional organizations and how to submit your own observations to them.
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The Universe Today Ultimate Guide to Viewing The Cosmos

Everything You Need to Know to Become an Amateur Astronomer

Author: David Dickinson

Publisher: Page Street Publishing

ISBN: 1624145450

Category: Science

Page: 240

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The Definitive Resource for Viewing the Night Sky David Dickinson, Earth science teacher and backyard astronomer, and Fraser Cain, publisher of Universe Today, have teamed up to provide expert guidance on observing the night sky. The Universe Today Ultimate Guide to Viewing the Cosmos features the best tips and tricks for viewing our solar system and deep sky objects, as well as detailed charts, graphs and tables to find must-see events for years to come. This comprehensive guide is complete with stunning and exclusive photography from top night sky photographers, as well as advice on how to take your own incredible photos. Take your recreational viewing to the next level with activities like: Finding comets and asteroids Tracking variable stars Monitoring meteor showers Following solar activity Tracking satellites Timing lunar and asteroid occultations With star charts, practical background information, technological resources and telescope and astrophotography guides, this is the ultimate resource for any backyard space enthusiast.
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