The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series

Finding a Million-Star Hotel

An Astro-Tourist’s Guide to Dark Sky Places

Authors: Mizon, Bob

  • Mizon, a well-known expert on light pollution, offers insider advice on the best dark sky sites
  • Includes photographs of some of the best astrophotographers
  • Encourages amateur astronomers to travel to protected observing locations with practical tips for how to observe once they are there
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About this book

Bob Mizon, one of the world’s best known campaigners against the veil of light pollution that has taken away the starry sky from most of the world’s population, takes readers to a hundred places in the UK and the USA where the wonders of the night sky might still be enjoyed in perfect or near-perfect night skies. Visiting small hotels and simple campsites, and savoring vast dark-sky reserves where the night sky is actively protected, The Million-Star Hotel celebrates the black skies of yesteryear – which may become a reality for more and more of us as modern technology reins in lighting and puts it only where needed. 

How can you prepare for your stay beneath the stars? What astronomy can you do during the daytime? What kind of equipment will you need? Questions such as these are answered, and if town dwellers return inspired – and, Bob hopes, also inspired to look with fresh eyes at their own local lighting – there is enough information here for them to equip themselves for some urban astronomy too.

About the authors

Bob Mizon, MBE, FRAS  [Bob likes to point out that his name rhymes with ‘horizon’] is a graduate in modern languages, but is much better known as an astronomer. Having taught for 26 years at Poole Grammar School – where he met his wife Pam – he embarked on a rather daring career change in 1996.  Responding to a lifelong love of astronomy, he became a planetarium operator, and now takes a stunning mobile dome into schools, youth groups, and societies all over southern England. Over 130,000 people have experienced a tour of the Universe with Bob at the controls!

Bob is best known in the scientific and environmental community as the co-ordinator of the British Astronomical Association’s Campaign for Dark Skies, which aims to turn back the tide of light pollution that has seriously affected our view of the stars over the last fifty years. Glare, light-intrusion and skyglow have become the norm nowadays, a situation hardly compatible with a society that is supposed to be saving energy and protecting the environment.


Table of contents (8 chapters)

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eBook £24.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-33855-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
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Softcover £31.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-33854-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Finding a Million-Star Hotel
Book Subtitle
An Astro-Tourist’s Guide to Dark Sky Places
Authors
Series Title
The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-33855-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-33855-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-33854-5
Series ISSN
1431-9756
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 322
Number of Illustrations and Tables
4 b/w illustrations, 175 illustrations in colour
Topics