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Stargazing: What to Look for in the Night Sky (Astronomy)

Tom Van Holt

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ISBN 10: 0811729346 / ISBN 13: 9780811729345
Published by Stackpole Books, 1999
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Title: Stargazing: What to Look for in the Night ...

Publisher: Stackpole Books

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Good

Edition: 1st - may be Reissue.

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How to identify constellations, star formations, and comets, and use star patterns to establish direction and time. Explores legends behind constellations.

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Van Holt, who teaches stargazing courses at the University of Kansas, explains how anyone living between southern Canada and northern Mexico (basically between latitudes 30 and 50 degrees) can learn to identify star formations and constellations without using complicated charts and equipment. Incorporating outdoor survival techniques with science, legends, and the myths surrounding the constellations, he teaches readers how to tell the difference between planets, comets, satellites, and stars and how to use star patterns to determine time and direction. By combining humor with fact, he has created an entertaining illustrated guide to the nighttime skies. Recommended for larger public libraries. For beginning skywatchers and amateur astronomers who want more substance, Dickinson's Nightwatch?the standard guide since its 1983 publication?is the book to read. Newly revised and updated, this edition claims to allow for use through the year 2010. Dickinson, an award-winning science writer specializing in astronomy, explains how to find constellations, differentiate galaxies, and identify the location of stars according to seasons. He also discusses equipment, including what criteria to use for selecting a telescope, and includes information about astronomy on the Internet, computerized telescopes, astrophotography, and tips for stargazers using binoculars. With a completely updated and revised text and more than 100 new diagrams and color photographs, Dickinson ensures that his guide will retain its position as a classic. Essential for all public and college library astronomy collections.?Gloria Maxwell, Kansas City P.L.
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