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Stargazing with Binoculars

"A serious contender for the title of best all-around introduction to binocular astronomy." -- Sky and Telescope (on the first edition)
Stargazing with Binoculars is a practical guide to using binoculars to view the night sky for newcomers to astronomy. The book includes reviews of the wide range of binoculars on the market and provides advice on features to consider before making a purchase. The authors guide the beginner through the first steps of using binoculars to observe the night sky, describe what will be visible and show how to find specific objects. This new edition has been thoroughly updated to incorporate the latest technological developments in binoculars. Illustrated throughout and filled with handy tips and tricks, it covers:
  • What to expect from binoculars and how they actually work
  • Buying binoculars for the first time
  • Upgrading after the first purchase
  • Observing the sun, the moon, planets, comets, asteroids, stars, clusters, variable stars, double stars, novas, nebulas and galaxies
  • The effects of light pollution
  • Observing from the city and from the countryside
  • Terminology
Stargazing with Binoculars is a practical, easy-to-read handbook for newcomers to astronomy -- whatever their age.
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About the Author

Robin Scagell is an author, consultant and broadcaster, and he is the vice president of the Society for Popular Astronomy. In 2007 he received the Arthur Clarke Award for Space Reporting, and in 2001 an asteroid was named after him. David Frydman is a lifelong amateur astronomer who mainly observes the night sky with binoculars.


Astronomy is cooler than birdwatching and a lot less creepy than spying on your cottage neighbours. Get started with this beginner's guide, newly updated and revised. A serious contender for the title of best all-around introduction to binocular astronomy. You don't need a fancy, expensive telescope to enjoy the twinkly treasures of the nighttime sky. This handy, compact guide offers practical advice on buying the right kind of binoculars for stargazing, dozens of charts and graphs, and a bounty of tips on observing -- and contemplating -- the moon, planets, comets, asteroids, nebulas and other celestial bodies that come out after the sun goes down.--Neil Pond"American Profile" (05/09/2010) What distinguishes this volume aren't the charts but rather the practical advice and clear instruction.--John Sledge"Mobile Press-Register" (04/10/2011)

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