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The Backyard Astronomer's Guide (1991)

by Terence Dickinson, Alan Dyer (Author)

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"This classic, groundbreaking guide has been the go-to field guide for both beginning and experienced amateur astronomers for nearly 30 years. The fourth edition, scheduled for release in 2021, brings Terence Dickinson and Alan Dyer's invaluable manual completely up-to-date. Setting a new standard for astronomy guides, it will serve as the touchstone for the next generation of stargazers as well as longtime devotees. Technology and astronomical understanding are evolving at a breathtaking clip, and to reflect the latest information about observing techniques and equipment, this massively revised and expanded edition has been rebuilt from the ground up (an additional 48 pages brings the page count to 416). Illustrated throughout with all-new photographs and star charts, the fourth edition boasts a refreshed design and features five brand-new chapters, including three essential essays on binocular, telescope and Moon tours by renowned astronomy writer Ken Hewitt-White. With new content on naked-eye sky sights, LED lighting technology, WiFi-enabled telescopes and the latest advances in binoculars, telescopes and other astronomical gear, the fourth edition of The Backyard Astronomer's Guide is sure to become an indispensable reference for all levels of stargazers. New techniques for observing the Sun, the Moon and solar and lunar eclipses are an especially timely addition, given the upcoming solar eclipses in 2023 and 2024. Rounding out these impressive offerings are new sections on dark sky reserves, astro-tourism, modern astrophotography and cellphone astrophotography, making this book an enduring must-have guide for anyone looking to improve his or her astronomical viewing experience. The fourth edition of The Backyard Astronomer's Guide also features a foreword by Dr. Sara Seager, a Canadian-American astrophysicist and planetary scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an internationally recognized expert in the search for exoplanets."--… (more)
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Features a picture of our very own Roger Hill, at the Texas Star Party, in 2007, illustrating a point about lifting heavy objects.
  HamiltonRASCAdmin | Dec 8, 2023 |
I have been interested in the cosmos since I was old enough to look up at the stars, and this book by Dickinson, Terence is one of the best books I have read on this subject.
If you are just a bit interested in Astronomy then I can't recommended this book enough...John!! ( )
  JohnJudgebooks | Mar 3, 2014 |
I loved this book. The best astronomy guide I've read to date. And, there's a fantastic website that supplements the print edition with new material. I highly recommend the 3rd edition and plan to add it to my permanent collection of astronomy reference books. ( )
  mossjon | Mar 31, 2013 |
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To Susan, who inspires me always. -- T.D.
For all the friends I've ever met under the stars. -- A.D.
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Since the first edition of The Backyard Astronomer's Guide appeared in 1991, amateur astronomy has become ever more popular and its equipment ever more varied.
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"This classic, groundbreaking guide has been the go-to field guide for both beginning and experienced amateur astronomers for nearly 30 years. The fourth edition, scheduled for release in 2021, brings Terence Dickinson and Alan Dyer's invaluable manual completely up-to-date. Setting a new standard for astronomy guides, it will serve as the touchstone for the next generation of stargazers as well as longtime devotees. Technology and astronomical understanding are evolving at a breathtaking clip, and to reflect the latest information about observing techniques and equipment, this massively revised and expanded edition has been rebuilt from the ground up (an additional 48 pages brings the page count to 416). Illustrated throughout with all-new photographs and star charts, the fourth edition boasts a refreshed design and features five brand-new chapters, including three essential essays on binocular, telescope and Moon tours by renowned astronomy writer Ken Hewitt-White. With new content on naked-eye sky sights, LED lighting technology, WiFi-enabled telescopes and the latest advances in binoculars, telescopes and other astronomical gear, the fourth edition of The Backyard Astronomer's Guide is sure to become an indispensable reference for all levels of stargazers. New techniques for observing the Sun, the Moon and solar and lunar eclipses are an especially timely addition, given the upcoming solar eclipses in 2023 and 2024. Rounding out these impressive offerings are new sections on dark sky reserves, astro-tourism, modern astrophotography and cellphone astrophotography, making this book an enduring must-have guide for anyone looking to improve his or her astronomical viewing experience. The fourth edition of The Backyard Astronomer's Guide also features a foreword by Dr. Sara Seager, a Canadian-American astrophysicist and planetary scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an internationally recognized expert in the search for exoplanets."--

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