Astronomer's Pocket Field Guide

A Stargazing Program for Beginners

A Pocket Field Guide

Authors: Carter, Jamie

  • Sets out a simple month-by-month program to reveal all of the night sky's biggest and most beautiful secrets in just one year – and with only a few hours of stargazing each month
  • Geared towards the total novice; includes no mathematics and does not presume any knowledge of physics
  • Includes details on places to stargaze and vacation ideas for dark sky destinations (the emphasis being on places where a dark sky is an added bonus rather than the sole reason to visit)
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-22072-7
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About this book

Sets out a simple month-by-month program to reveal all of the night sky's biggest and most beautiful secrets in just one year – and with only a few hours of stargazing each month
 By investing just an hour a week and $50 in binoculars, it’s possible to learn a few simple techniques and quickly gain a real insight into the night sky's ever-changing patterns – and what they tell us about Earth, the seasons and ourselves. Searching more for a learned appreciation of nature and our exact place within the cosmos than academic scientific knowledge, science and travel writer Jamie Carter takes the reader on a 12 month tour of the night sky's incredible annual rhythms that say so much about Earth. During the journey he learns about the celestial mechanics at work in the skies above that are – to the beginner – almost beyond belief. As well as the vital constellations and clusters, and the weird and wonderful nebulas, he searches out “dark sky destinations” across the globe that help increase knowledge and give a new perspective on familiar night sky sights. On the journey he witnesses a solar eclipse and grapples with star-charts, binoculars, smartphone apps, telescopes, spots satellites and attempts basic astro-photography.  By year's end, the reader will be able to glance at the night sky from anywhere on the planet and tell what direction he or she is facing, what time it is, where all the planets are and even where the Galactic Center Point is. 

About the authors

Jamie Carter is a journalist based in the United Kingdom with 17 years experience of communicating science and technology via articles in magazines, newspapers and online. In his work as a travel journalist he has written several eye-witness articles and reports on everything from the aurora borealis, total solar eclipses and stargazing to the dark sky destinations, astro-tourism and astro-photography. His work has been published by the BBC Sky At Night magazine and website, MSN, LifeHacker, Real Travel and Hong Kong's South China Morning Post newspaper, for which Jamie is a regular columnist. Jamie also owns and edits the TravGear.com website. While reporting from under some of the darkest skies the world has to offer, Jamie became convinced that stargazing should be an essential part of any trip or outdoor vacation. His efforts to learn as much as possible about the night sky in one calendar year led to some intensive research, incessant stargazing, and an unexpected obsession with the lunar calendar. It led to a series of articles for the BBC Sky At Night magazine, which inspired this book.

Reviews

“Jamie Carter's Stargazing Program gives the basics you need to get started in Stargazing … . Carter's book is great fro someone who is already interested in astronomy but hasn't thought of the stargazing and observing aspect of it just yet, or for someone who enjoys spending time in the nature for hiking or camping purposes. And naturally if you're already a stargazer or amateur astronomer, then it's a great reminder of some basics.” (AstroMadness.com, December, 2016)


Table of contents (15 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook 35,69 €
price for Spain (gross)
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-22072-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover 46,79 €
price for Spain (gross)
valid through November 5, 2017
  • ISBN 978-3-319-22071-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A Stargazing Program for Beginners
Book Subtitle
A Pocket Field Guide
Authors
Series Title
Astronomer's Pocket Field Guide
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-22072-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-22072-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-22071-0
Series ISSN
2198-0756
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 419
Number of Illustrations and Tables
3 b/w illustrations, 150 illustrations in colour
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