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)