For stargazers, comet-spotters and planet-seekers looking to enhance your deep sky knowledge and observations - this is your quintessential guide. The Total Skywatcher’s Manual will help you choose the best telescope, identify constellations and objects in the night sky, search for extraterrestrial phenomena, plan star parties, capture beautiful space imagery and much more. With high-quality design, intricate detail, and a durable flexicover—this manual is the perfect gift!
With fully illustrated star charts, gorgeous astrophotography and step-by-step project instruction, this family friendly book is the only guide you’ll ever need to navigate the nightsky. Learn about the phases of the moon, how to conduct your own deep-sky observations, how the universe is expanding, our search for life on other planets, meteors vs. meteorites, sunspots and solar flares, best eclipse-viewing techniques—everything you need to know to appreciate the wonder of our universe.
Based in San Francisco, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific has a 125-year history of providing resources, tools, and information to astronomy enthusiasts, including amateur astronomers, families, and science educators (K-16). Join the ASP on this journey through the nightsky and beyond.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It is easy to tell that this book has been put together by people who are skywatchers. First of all, the book is the right size and is of very sturdy construction. This book is intended to be used, and used a lot. Of course the real measure of any book is the material it contains. I have looked at every page, and what a great assortment of tips and techniques, of how-tos and actually useful information - all accompanied by detailed drawings, photos, and illustrations. This is truly a one-size-fits-all manual on how to skywatch. The book also contains information about how to construct some useful tools for skywatching. Clearly, a lot of thought has gone into the topics covered in this book. If you are a beginner, this should be your new best friend! If you are not a beginner, then you will most likely pick up a new skill of two from reading this book, or at the least, gain some new insights on old friends in the night sky. And just so you know, there are significantly more than 275...
This book is fantastic. My 7 year old is super interested in the solar system and its stars, so when this manual arrived on our doorstep the other day, she was over the moon. We look forward to gazing at the sky together, with the help of this manual, and actually knowing what we are looking at. I have read other stargazing books/manuals before, but this one is so easy to read with great tips and tricks to get the most out of the night sky. I highly recommend this manual to anyone who wants to have a better handle on the vast beauty of our solar system.
Very cool book! Remember the first time you were taken our stargazing and got to look through a telescope? Remember how fun it was? If you are thinking about getting back into the astronomy, or thinking of buying a telescope, or if you are just curious our cosmos and all things space related or if you are presently an amateur astronomer, this is a great book for you!
The book features about 300 mini-section each covering a standalone topic. Each mini-section has about a page or so of text and quite a few beautiful illustrations, photos and graphics. These sections can be read in just about any order. A few examples:
Section #134 "Meet Jupiter" ( (Jupiter's year is 12 earth years long, the Red Spot is the size of two earths, and Jupiter has 50 "confirmed" moons) Topic # 145 "How to Select a Telescope" (Look for diameter not power- 4.5-6 inches is a good place to start, try before you buy and make sure it fits in your...
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