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From planets and asteroids to the expanding universe, The Practical Astronomer is the perfect introduction to the fascinating world of astronomy.
It not only shows you what to look for throughout the whole yearly cycle of the sky, but exactly how to go about looking for it. Based on the latest findings in astronomical research, the book explains the practical keys to successful observation -- whether you are observing with the naked eye, binoculars, or a telescope.
This unique and indispensable guide will help you make the most of this fascinating hobby. Contents include:
The Solar System
The Milky Way
The Expanding Universe
Binoculars and Telescopes
Making a Telescope
Drawing at the Telescope
Equipping an Amateur Observatory
Guide to the Moon
Observing the Sun
Planets and Asteroids
Gas Giants, Comets, Meteors and Meteorites
With more than 275 photographs and diagrams, including month-by-month sky-search charts.
Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Astronomy Observers' manuals