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NightWatch A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe

ISBN-10: 155407147X

ISBN-13: 9781554071470

Edition: 4th 2006 (Revised)

Authors: Terence Dickinson, Timothy Ferris, Victor Costanzo, Glenn LeDrew, Adolf Schaller

List price: $35.00
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"Thoroughly revised, updated and expanded." The first three editions of NightWatch sold more than 600,000 copies, making it the top-selling stargazing guide in the world for the last 20 years. The key feature of this classic title is the section of star charts that are cherished by backyard astronomers everywhere. Each new edition has outsold the previous one because of thorough revisions and additional new material. NightWatch has been acclaimed as the best general interest introduction to astronomy. The fourth edition has improvements over the 3rd edition in every chapter, including: The famous charts, ideal for stargazers using a small telescope or binoculars A complete update of the equipment section, including computerized telescopes An enlarged photography section, including how-to instructions for using the new generation of digital cameras for astronomical photography, both with and without a telescope The tables of future solar and lunar eclipses, planetary conjunctions and planet locations, updated through 2018. This edition includes for the first time star charts for use in the southern hemisphere. There are also dozens of new photographs throughout the book that show the latest thrilling discoveries made by current space observatories and probes.
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Book details

List price: $35.00
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date: 9/12/2006
Binding: Comb Bound 
Pages: 192
Size: 10.75" wide x 10.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.926
Language: English

Terence Dickinson

Timothy Ferris was born on August 29, 1944, in Miami, Florida. He graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in 1966 and did graduate work from 1966-1967. Ferris is the author of Coming of Age in the Milky Way, for which he was awarded the American Institute of Physics Prize and nominated for a Pulitzer Prize; The Red Limit; The Whole Shebang: A State of the Universe(s) Report; Galaxies; The Mind's Sky; The Science of Liberty: Democracy, Reason, and the Laws of Nature, and other popular books on astronomy and physics. He has received the American Institute of Physics Prize, the American Association for the Advancement of Science Prize, the Klumpke-Roberts Prize, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Books by Ferris have been nominated for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. His PBS special, The Creation of the Universe, won an Emmy nomination in 1986. In addition to his books, Ferris is a former editor of Rolling Stone magazine and has authored more than 100 articles, essays, and reviews in such publications as Esquire, Nature, The New Republic, The New York Times Book Review, and Reader's Digest. He is a regular contributor to The New Yorker, writes a column for Scientific American, has served as an essayist for The MacNeil-Lehrer News Hour, and is a commentator for National Public Radio's All Things Considered. Ferris produced the Voyager phonograph record, an artifact of human civilization containing music, the sounds of Earth, and encoded photographs, that was launched aboard the Voyager spacecraft. He serves as a consultant to NASA on long-term space exploration policy. A polymath scholar, Ferris has taught in five disciplines at four universities including City University of New York and University of Southern California. Professor Ferris lives with his wife and family in San Francisco and teaches at the University of California, Berkeley, in the departments of journalism and astronomy, where he is an emeritus professor.

Terence Dickinson is the best-selling author of 13 other astronomy books, including Backyard Astronomer's Guide and The Universe and Beyond. He has received many national and international science awards, including the New York Academy of Science Book of the Year Award.

Discovering the Cosmos
Naturalists of the Night
The Starry Realm
The Universe in Eleven Steps
The Milky Way Galaxy
Hubble Deep Field
Backyard Astronomy
Sky Motions
Sky Measures
Big Dipper Signpost
Star Brightness
Constellations & Star Names
Star & Constellation Pronunciation Guide
Stars for All Seasons
The All-Sky Charts
The Spring Sky
The Summer Sky
Urban Myths of Stargazing
The Light-Pollution Factor
The Autumn Sky
The Winter Sky
The Ecliptic & the Zodiac
Stargazing Equipment
Selecting Binoculars
Telescopes
Frequently Asked Questions About Telescopes
Telescope Types
Computer-Age Scopes
Accessories
Eyepieces
Factors to Consider When Selecting a First Telescope
Probing the Depths
Double Stars
Using Your Night Eyes
Variable Stars
Star Clusters
Distances to Stars & Galaxies
Nebulas
Averted Vision
Globular Clusters
Galaxies
Telescope Experience
Designation of Sky Objects
Atlas of 20 Star Charts
The Planets
Astronomy From the City
Mercury
Venus
Mars
The Asteroid Belt
Jupiter
Saturn
The Outer Planets
Visibility of the Planets 2006-2018
Moon and Sun
Moon Maps
Observing the Sun
The Moon Illusion
Solar and Lunar Eclipses
Observing Eclipses
The Eclipse Cult
Eclipse Tables
Comets, Meteors and Auroras
Famous & Infamous Comets
Meteors
Auroras
Photographing the Night Sky
Astro-Imaging Revolution
Night-Sky Imaging Techniques
The Barn-Door Tracker
CCD Cameras
Southern Hemisphere Night Sky
Southern Sky Charts
Caribbean Night Sky
Resources
Index