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Date: NA
Price: $40.00 (?)
Author: Patrick Moore
Description: Large reference book with 260 pages with color photographs.

Review

This is a very heavy book which is not designed for field use. It's really big and thick (just what I like for a sort of encyclopedia). It has 290 pages printed on really good, thick paper.

When I bought it I was really a beginner but had a great interest for learning as much as I could. This is basically an armchair astronomy book designed to teach you the basics about the constellations, planets, solar system, galaxies, nebulae... It's divided into 4 major sections. Exploring the universe- gives a great account of the history of astronomy, great astronomers and different wavelengths. The solar system- is concerned with planets, their moons, and comets...

It gives a very detailed description of the planets. Fun parts of this chapter are surface maps of the major moons of our solar system. The stars- talks about clusters, nebulae and galaxies... I think this part is a bit to short because it has just 2 pages for every topic. I think that galaxies and nebulae are more important than maps of every major moon... Star maps- is a collection of a map and description of every constellation together with tables on bright stars and deep sky objects in the particular constellation. At the end of the book there's a very useful index together with a glossary. The book is packed with beautiful colored photos taken with big professional telescopes but also with small amateur scopes. The way Moore writes is very readable and interesting. Altogether I would say that this book is a great way of getting started in amateur astronomy and learning about the universe.

Submitted by Mario Pallua - mario_pallua@yahoo.com - Zagreb, Croatia    

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