Atlas of the Universe
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