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Date: NA
Price: ?
Author: David H. Levy
Description: Nice 285 page hard cover book with numerous color pictures and charts.

Review

I bought this book about 2 years while I was still a real beginner with no experience. The beautiful pictures took me to it and after reading it I got  hooked to astronomy. "Skywatching" is a hardback book (285 pages printed on very good paper) that deals with all the basics of amateur astronomy but is not designed for field use. It's divided into 4 major sections: 1. Stars and Galaxies- describes the lives of stars, clusters, galaxies... 2.Skywatching tools and techniques- a very useful chapter to the beginning amateur which familiarizes you with the different telescope and binocular types, observation techniques, astrophotography ... 3.A guide to the sky-this chapter is to my mind the biggest negative of the book. Just a page for every constellation (88 of them) usually describing just one or two objects in altogether with a map of it and the surrounding constellations. I think it would be much better to have more pages devoted to the major constellations and their objects! 4.a tour of the solar system -talks about all of the planets, the Sun & Moon. There is a great photomap of the moon, which I scanned and printed, and now use as my moon map. At the end there's a useful index.

To summarize I would say this is a good (not excellent) book for the beginner who would like to learn the astronomy basics and at the same time look at beautiful Hubble-like pictures. The pictures are at the same time a major drawback because they don't show you what an amateur can see so that you can be disappointed.

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

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