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Star-Hopping : Your Visa to Viewing the Universe - Robert A. Garfinkle

Star-Hopping

Your Visa to Viewing the Universe

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Published: 8th September 1997
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Star-hopping--using easily seen bright stars to locate fainter celestial objects in the night sky--is a basic and essential technique for all star gazers, novice and veteran alike. Robert Garfinkle shows you how to locate the many stellar objects usually overlooked by the untrained eye. Two or more detailed star hops for each month of the year, which can be read in any order, take you on a trip through the night sky, opening new doors of discovery and reinforcing star-hopping methods and techniques. With Garfinkle's able guidance, learn to take the Messier Marathon--a night-long hop across the skies. Additional basic astronomy skills are carefully outlined, including reading star charts, finding celestial directions, understanding telescope types, and using light pollution filters. A lively history of the universe and the ancient myths and legends of the sky round out the text. This is an essential guide for sky gazers who want to get the most out of their evening sky explorations.

'... the ultimate observing guide that belongs in every library - public, university, and the individual star-gazer's ... Garfinkle's book can open up new observing horizons for the beginner and even show the seasoned observer a few new tricks ... Most enthusiastically recommended.' Choice 'It contains a vast amount of information for all amateur astronomers ... packed with valuable information of all kinds - technical, visual, cartographic and historical - of use to novice and old hand alike ... Additionally, in using the stars themselves to navigate the confusion of starlight, the book imparts a special gift - a thorough knowledge of the night sky.' Steve Ringwood, Modern Astronomer 'This book is excellently produced and makes fascinating reading.' Irish Astronomical Journal '... the best explanatory diagrams I have seen are included ... Information given on stars and objects encountered during the star-hops is excellent.' Astronomy & Space

Introduction
Preface
Acknowledgements
How to use this book and what you are going to see
How the sky works, determining your field of view, observing tips and how to navigate in the night sky
January - Taurus and Orion: the bull and hunter
February - Canis Minor, Canis Major, and Puppis: dog days in February and Jason's Argo
March - Cancer, Leo, and Corvus: a crab, the king of the beasts, and a crow
April - Ursa Major: a dipper round tripper
May - Coma Berenices and Virgo: the sparkling hair of Berenice and the wheat maiden and her bushel of galaxies
June - Libra and Lupus: the balance scales and the wolf
July - Scorpius, Sagittarius, and Scutum: the scorpion, archer, and shield of John Sobieski
August - Draco: following the trail of the dragon
September - Cygnus, Lyra, Vulpecula, and Sagitta: the swan, lyre, fox, and arrow
October - Andromeda and Perseus: the chained lady and her rescuer
November - Cepheus and Cassiopeia: the king and queen of Joppa
December - Pisces, Triangulum, and Aries: of fishes, a triangle, and a ram
Messier Marathon, a sundown to sunup hop across the skies
Classification tables
The constellations
The Greek alphabet
Decimalization of the day
Glossary
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521598897
ISBN-10: 0521598893
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 360
Published: 8th September 1997
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.3 x 17.9  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.74